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Our Work

Foundation grants and initiatives are focused on ensuring all Maine children are resilient and ready to succeed.  And, as research and our own programmatic work has shown, the best way to do that is with comprehensive approaches that strengthen the whole family. Our approach is also designed to test strategies that, if effective, can be taken to greater scale by guiding practice and policy change.

Our Approach

We fund initiatives and test strategies for improving the wellbeing and resiliency of Maine children and their families.

Grants & Giving

  • Invitational grantmaking, which is the bulk of our giving, centers on grantees that have demonstrated a capacity for 2-Gen approaches to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and improve child and family wellbeing.

  • Annual funding opportunities are available through the Foundation’s application-based Direct Services Grant Program for organizations that fulfill immediate and basic needs, such as food, housing, and mental health services.

Featured Initiatives

The intent of our initiatives is to comprehensively integrate strategies so they can be tested, learned from, and taken to scale by leveraging wider practice and policy changes. They offer important lessons for both practitioners and policy makers.

John T. Gorman Fellowship

The John T. Gorman Fellowship seeks to develop a strong cadre of leaders in public sector systems, non-profits, community-based service organizations and advocacy initiatives from across the state who are aligned with the Foundation’s priorities. These leaders apply results-based leadership strategies in their work to measurably improve the lives of Maine people.