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Key dates and details for the Maine Working Communities Challenge

November 17, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

The John T. Gorman Foundation is pleased to join the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, State of Maine, and numerous private partners in sponsoring the Maine Working Communities Challenge. The vision for this program is to advance local efforts that build strong, healthy economies and communities in Maine’s rural towns, regions, and smaller cities. Launched last month, the initiative will make grants available to design and implement collaborative plans to improve economic outcomes in priority…

Maine Data Glimpse: Education & Remote Learning in New England

November 2, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

Analysis from Jessica Carson, Ph.D. and Sarah Boege at Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire and commissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation. This Data Glimpse focuses on education data from Phase 2 of the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey. Collected from mid-August to mid-September 2020, these data provide new insights on remote learning at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Since sample sizes are insufficient to examine…

Fall 2020 Newsletter: Powerful Partnerships to Serve Mainers in Need

October 22, 2020 – Newsletters

Dear Friend, Six months into a pandemic that has affected so many facets of our lives, it’s clear that many Mainers are experiencing challenges that may have seemed unimaginable this time last year. For folks and communities that were struggling even before COVID, these challenges can seem -- and too often are -- overwhelming. If there was ever a crisis that required organizations, individuals and systems to pool their energy and resources and to form…

Fall 2020 Foundation News of Note

October 21, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

Maine Working Communities Challenge: The John T. Gorman Foundation is proud to join the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, State of Maine, and other philanthropic partners in helping launch the Maine Working Communities Challenge. This challenge will make $2.7 million in grants available to drive economic growth while reducing inequity in Maine's rural towns and small cities. More information on this exciting initiative is available here. Support for Immigrant-Led and -Serving Organizations: The Foundation recently…

Supporting Remote Learning in Portland and Lewiston

October 21, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

In its latest efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation is supporting efforts to help families through a school year unlike any other – with $235,000 in grants to supplement partners’ efforts to provide childcare and remote learning support in Lewiston, and for a two-generation initiative to strengthen literacy among English Language Learner families in Portland’s East Bayside Neighborhood.

Aligning Efforts to Address Elder Abuse in Maine

October 21, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

Seniors barricading themselves in their rooms, being coerced to sign over assets, or being evicted from their homes. Such are the all-too-common stories of elder abuse and financial exploitation in Maine. But, with support from the Foundation, a public-private partnership is now aligning efforts to coordinate priorities, strengthen response, and draw a roadmap for elder abuse’s steady decline in Maine. 

Stephanie LeBlanc: Building A Culture of Resiliency

October 21, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

When John T. Gorman Fellow Stephanie LeBlanc learned that more than half of middle-school students in Oxford County did not feel valued in their community, she saw a red flag that needed to be addressed. What followed was the Oxford County Resiliency Project. With a two-year grant from the Foundation, the program has helped schools across the county implement practices that make students feel safe, supported, and resilient. In this interview, LeBlanc speaks about the project’s successes, next steps, and how the Fellowship has influenced her as a leader.  

ANALYSIS: Countering Adverse Childhood Experiences

October 21, 2020 – JTGF News & Updates

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can have significant effects on a child’s development and chances for future success – a rising concern during a pandemic that is putting them and their families under much greater stress. In this timely analysis, Senior Program Associate Jennifer Beck, PhD., uncovers the science behind ACEs and outlines the strategies the Foundation is using to prevent and mitigate them in Maine.