2014 Other Grantmaking

The John T. Gorman Foundation also provided the following list of organizations with close to 6 million in funding in 2014 through invitation-only grantmaking.

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AARP Foundation, Washington, DC $75,000 to provide technical assistance to Maine communities that are planning for the needs of Maine’s aging population.

Alfond Scholarship Foundation, Portland $12,000 to provide matching funds for families with children participating in Head Start who open college savings accounts.

Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care, Lewiston $18,000 to help families prepare to enroll in the Harold Alfond College Challenge savings program and to provide ongoing education and support to families.

Aspen Institute Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, Washington, DC $200,000 to support the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network’s effort to build and expand pathways to opportunity for Southern Maine’s disadvantaged youth and young adults.

Avesta Housing, Portland $25,000 to provide for conceptual site plans and a study for the redevelopment of land to allow for the expansion of services to people with low income.

Avesta Housing, Portland $31,500 to research the availability, quality and affordability of housing for Maine’s seniors and assess senior housing needs in the coming years.

Axiom Education and Training Center, Machias $262,000 to pilot a new strategy for coordinating small business development and Adult Education in the Greater Machias region. 

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Bangor Housing Authority, Bangor $134,000* to enhance its Family Self-Sufficiency Program through case management services that connect residents with the workforce or education and training opportunities as well as other asset building services.

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Inc., Limington $100,000 to connect teen mentors to young children learning to read through the establishment of 20 Teen Trendsetter programs in Maine.

Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine, Portland $46,800 to address summer learning loss through the implementation of Brain Gain Reads, a program focused on literacy enrichment for students K – 3.

Brandeis University, Institute for Assets and Social Policy, Bangor $9,000 to conduct a needs assessment for the enhanced Family Self Sufficiency program at the Bangor Housing Authority.

Brandeis University, Institute for Assets and Social Policy, Bangor $48,000* to evaluate the enhanced Family Self Sufficiency program at the Bangor Housing Authority.

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Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC $14,610 to design and conduct an evaluation of Portland Public School System’s Adult Education English Language Learner (ELL) Program.

Child and Family Policy Center, Des Moines, IA $99,000 to act as fiscal sponsor for the implementation team of Count ME In, a data-driven community based model to address the problem of chronic absenteeism in Maine.

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Green Healthy Homes Initiative, Baltimore, MD $128,000 to provide technical assistance and staffing support to the GHHI Lewiston/Auburn as they work to integrate resources and provide services that improve housing quality and resident outcomes.

Coastal Enterprises Inc., Wiscasset $300,000* to develop the organizational infrastructure required to best deploy loan capital to vulnerable populations in Lewiston, Portland, Machias, and Skowhegan. 

Coastal Enterprises Inc., Wiscasset $75,106 to support employer outreach, data maintenance and the coordination of partnerships within the Portland Jobs Alliance. 

Cultivating Community, Portland $55,000* to enhance curriculum for the New American Sustainable Agriculture Project so that the business, marketing and English language skills learned through the project are transferable to sectors beyond farming.

Cultivating Community, Portland $20,000 for a community initiative that promotes access to locally grown and healthy foods in Portland Public Schools.

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Eastern Area Agency on Aging, Bangor $40,000* to support the expansion of the EZ Fix program, a year round home repair and independent living program for low-income Maine seniors and adults with disabilities in Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock and Washington counties.

Educare Central Maine (Kennebec Valley CAP), Waterville $14,000 to help families enroll in the Harold Alfond College Challenge savings program, as well as to provide ongoing education and support to families.

Educate Maine, Portland $40,000 to provide support for the 2015 Education Indicators for Maine Report and organizational operating costs. 

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The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges, South Portland $140,000* to redesign and strengthen student academic support services at Eastern Maine Community College by creating a student success center that offers advising, tutoring and testing services, and to hire an Advisement Specialist and math Development Specialist.

Foundation for a Strong Maine Economy, Augusta $50,000 to support the Maine Economic Focus Initiative, which will undertake the data-gathering and analysis needed to target a small number of industries that have the potential to revitalize Maine’s economy and provide opportunities for family sustaining wages. 

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Good Will Home Association, Hinckley $65,000 to provide funding for the College Step Up program, supporting youth aging out of foster care by providing year-round housing, academic coaching and life skills education while they attend Kennebec Valley Community College.

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LearningWorks, Portland $42,000 to address summer learning loss for students entering grades K through 3 in the Biddeford Public Schools. 

LearningWorks, Portland $19,000 in supplemental funding for the implementation of a summer learning program in Biddeford aimed at addressing summer learning loss.

Legal Services for the Elderly, Augusta $169,000* to extend their successfully piloted statewide public awareness and education campaign focused on elder maltreatment (abuse and financial exploitation) and increase access to free legal help for elderly victims.

Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston $25,000 to participate in the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading and develop a community-wide approach to improve 3rd grade reading proficiency.

Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston $100,000 to address summer learning loss for students entering grades K through 3.

Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston $24,000 in supplemental funding for the implementation of a summer learning program aimed at addressing summer learning loss.

Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston $23,850 to secure technical assistance from the National Summer Learning Association in order to conduct a community-wide assessment of existing summer resources; implement a data-driven system that enables local organizations, funders and other stakeholders to work together more effectively; and shape programs and policies to better meet the community’s needs.

Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston Adult Education, Lewiston $47,860 to contract with the Center for Applied Linguistics to do a complete review of their pre-kindergarten to adult English Language Learner programs.

Lydia Home Association, Whiting $60,000* to expand programming to serve the Lewiston, Auburn and Portland area and provide temporary supports for children when their families experience periods of substantial stress.

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Maine Association of Non-Profits, Portland $10,000 for general operating support.

Maine Children’s Alliance, Start ME Right Coalition, Augusta $10,000 to staff and coordinate the advocacy efforts of the Start ME Right Coalition whose focus is to advance early childhood policy issues in the state of Maine.

Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Augusta $48,552 to conduct a statewide needs assessment and develop an associated action plan regarding human trafficking and exploitation.

Maine Equal Justice Partners, Augusta $75,000 to support advocacy efforts focused on improving federal and state programs that connect Maine people with low income to educational and employment opportunities.

Maine Hospice Council Inc., Augusta $20,250 to provide funding to sustain the ongoing work of the program.

Mitchell Institute, Portland $348,000* to provide post-secondary scholarships, mentoring and academic supports to youth aging out of foster care and other disadvantaged young people.

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New Beginnings Inc., Lewiston $175,000 to provide a permanent home for New Beginnings’ Youth Drop-In Center, Outreach Program, and agency administrative offices, as well as the ability to provide increased educational programming for homeless youth.

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The Opportunity Alliance, Portland $70,400 to support the technical assistance needed to bring and fully integrate a Results Based Accountability framework throughout the organization.

The Opportunity Alliance, Portland $16,000 to help families enroll in the Harold Alfond College Challenge savings program, as well as to provide ongoing education and support to families.

The Opportunity Alliance, Portland $162,000 to secure technical assistance to analyze current business practices and implement best practice recommendations agency-wide.

The Opportunity Alliance, Portland $135,000 to secure technical assistance to integrate the agency’s varied databases and create a more effective data-driven service delivery system; and to design, conduct and report on a needs assessment for the Parkside neighborhood in Portland.

Oxford Hills Regional School District (RSU 17), Oxford $50,000 to address summer learning loss for students entering grades K through 3.

Oxford Hills Regional School District (RSU 17), Oxford $24,000 in supplemental funding for the implementation of a summer learning program aimed at addressing summer learning loss.

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Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Portland $185,000* to support the creation of a medical and legal collaboration with Community Clinical Services at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston to reduce lead paint exposure and poisoning among children in Lewiston.

Portland Adult Education, Portland Public Schools, Portland $104,100 to support employment case management services; to provide employment soft skills workshops and Job Readiness Skills; and expand the hours for the John T. Gorman Computer Lab to serve waitlisted students and job seekers.

Portland Public Schools, Portland $100,000 to address summer learning loss for students entering grades K through 3.

Portland Public Schools, Portland $15,000 in supplemental funding for the implementation of a summer learning program aimed at addressing summer learning loss.

Portland Regional Chamber, Portland $82,320 to provide organizational and staffing support for the Portland Workforce Initiative, which seeks to create a coordinated continuum of education, training and other services designed to connect marginalized, unemployed populations to employment opportunities in Portland.

Portland Regional Chamber, Portland $10,000 to provide organizational and staffing support for Growing Portland, a collaborative effort among universities, businesses, research institutions and others to create and implement an economic development work plan for Portland and the region.

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Seeds of Independence, Brunswick $150,000 to support disadvantaged youth by enhancing Seeds’ volunteer-based programs, enhance measurement criteria and data collection to assess impact and strengthen programs, and expand efforts to develop collaborations.

Somali Bantu Youth Association of Maine, Lewiston $15,000 to provide general operating support.

Southern Maine Community College Foundation, South Portland $125,000 to provide for a bridge program called MySuccess for youth transitioning from Portland Public Schools to SMCC in the fall of 2014 and 2015.

Spurwink, Portland $100,000 towards the match requirement for a $12 million grant from the federal Department of Education for the Center for Positive Youth Development to expand the Building Assets Reducing Risks program, which supports high school graduation for disadvantaged youth. 

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United Way of Greater Portland, Portland $75,000 to support the Executive Director position of Portland ConnectED, a cradle-to-career partnership in Portland.

United Way of Greater Portland, Portland $3,750 for staffing and infrastructure support for Portland ConnectED.

United Way of Greater Portland, Portland $75,000 to provide staffing and other support to Starting Strong (part of Portland ConnectED), an initiative in Portland to increase third grade reading proficiency.

United Way of Greater Portland, Portland $50,000 to support Starting Strong’s priority strategies that will have a significant impact on third grade reading proficiency, school readiness, attendance and summer learning.

United Way of Greater Portland, Portland $41,000 to implement the Feeding Bodies Feeding Minds program, to support summer learning awareness activities, and to conduct a summer learning community scan.

University of Maine Centers for Women, Work and Community, Augusta $300,000* to help families become more financially stable by building the capacity of CA$H Coalitions statewide.

University of New Hampshire, Carsey Institute, Durham, NH $25,300 to produce a data report about the well-being of Maine’s seniors.

University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Portland $331,000 to improve the quality of child care programs in Maine by supporting providers pursuing national accreditation.

University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service, Portland $75,000 to support the Southern Maine Youth Transition Network’s Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund implementation plan. 

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Western Maine Community Action, East Wilton $55,000* to support a federal match for the Keeping Seniors Home program and to develop a long-term sustainability plan.

Women Unlimited, Augusta $175,000* to provide skills training, job connections and work supports to low-income individuals in Bangor, Machias and Lewiston and align that training with the workforce needs of local industries.

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York County Community Action Corporation, Sanford $4,000 to support an evaluation of Child Care Services.

 

* indicates a multi-year grant