Resource Library

COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.

The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.


Rural philanthropy even more important in facing long-term consequences of pandemic

July 9, 2020 – Families

Health Affairs’ blog highlights how philanthropy has worked to support rural communities during the pandemic. As the public health crisis continues, and nonprofit and government resources continue to shrink, rural funders can play an important role in filling the gaps. As authors note, this role is not relevant for the immediate response, but also in the longer-term recovery needs facing rural areas. Several examples are provided, including the Episcopal Health Foundation in east Texas that began by funding grantees’ telehealth programs at the start of the pandemic. As COVID-19 continued, the Foundation solicited community input about other needs including addressing social isolation and supporting small nonprofits with technical assistance. #covid-19 #rural

Maine Data Glimpse: Pandemic Unemployment

July 8, 2020 – Families

This report from the Carsey School of Public Policy provides updates on Maine’s unemployment situation through mid-June, drawing on new data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 19, 2020, showing how Maine has compared to the rest of New England and the nation. #covid-19 #workforce

23.5 million workers with young children do not have a possible caregiver at home

July 8, 2020 – Families

As reopening schools and child care programs this fall looks more challenging amid rising COVID-19 cases, a Brookings analyst estimated the impact this might have on working parents. Forty-one million workers have at least one child under age 18, comprising nearly one-third of the national workforce. Working parents with children under age 14 account for over one-quarter of the workforce, or 33.5 million workers. Of these working parents with young children, the majority—70 percent or 23.5 million workers—do not have any available caregivers at home. Likely the ability of these parents to continue working or return to work will depend on schools and child care programs reopening. #education #workforce #covid-19

Less than 1 percent of PPP loans went to non-white owned businesses in New Hampshire

July 8, 2020 – Families

The Union Leader reports that out of the 23,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to small businesses in New Hampshire, fewer than 200 of these loans went to businesses identifying as non-white owned. This accounts for less than one percent of all PPP loans in the state. Only five loans went to Blackowned businesses. The president of the Seacoast Area NAACP, Rogers Johnson, noted that inadequate access to information and resources were barriers to participation in the program for many underrepresented residents. #racialequity #covid-19

How to establish an emergency cash assistance program—lessons from the field

July 7, 2020 – Families

New America partnered with the National Domestic Workers Alliance to summarize lessons learned in establishing an emergency cash assistance program during the pandemic. This program focuses on those often excluded from traditional safety nets, like gig workers and workers in families with mixed immigration statuses. The report provides guidance on how to establishing a cash assistance program and also describes the benefits and challenges of various approaches, with the goal of supporting state and local development of similar efforts. #workforce #covid-19

New Hampshire fund to support self-employed workers

July 6, 2020 – Families

The NH Business Review reports that the state is beginning to accept applications to the new self-employed assistance fund. The fund, called the New Hampshire Self Employed Livelihood Fund (SELF), is expected to provide onetime grants to self-employed business owners of up to $50,000 to cover pandemic-related losses. The program is funded by remaining funds in the state’s Main Street Relief Program. #workforce #covid-19

The Two-Generation Approach: Bridging Practice and Policy

July 2, 2020 – Families

The John T. Gorman Foundation released it latest policy brief – “The Two-Generation Approach: Recommendations for Bridging Practice and Policy in Maine” – which offers a set of recommendations and strategies to strengthen the way state policies and systems serve the needs of Maine families using a two-generation approach. Along with recommendations, the report also includes an overview of the two-generation model, summaries of the different ways it has been applied in Maine, recent policy developments, and personal testimonials from Maine parents on what two-generation programming has meant for their families. #JTGF-funded

Huge surge of COVID-19 cases in Sun Belt impacts much different demographics than in original hotspots

July 2, 2020 – Families

A new article from Brookings explores the demographics of the new wave of COVID-19 cases as of June 28 in the “Sun Belt”—a region spanning the South and West of the nation. The states with the largest increases in cases are Florida, Texas, Arizona, North Carolina, and South Carolina. At the same time, the greatest decreases in new cases are seen in some of the original hotspots like New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and Massachusetts. The demographics of the Sun Belt region are considerably different from the metropolitan hotspots that were hit hard earlier. Notably, Sun Belt cases extend into outer suburban, smaller, and nonmetropolitan (rural) counties, although also reaching urban and inner suburban counties near Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Orlando, and Tampa. The Sun Belt surge is also impacting more ‘red’ counties that supported Trump, while previously many of the hotspots were in ‘blue’ counties. #rural #covid-19

New research shows impacts COVID-19 outbreaks in prisons and jails have on the surrounding community

July 1, 2020 – Families

Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline reports on new research regarding the impact that COVID-19 cases in prisons and jails have on community spread. A new modeling study—conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union with researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, Washington State University, and the University of Tennessee—estimated that community COVID-19 spread from infections beginning in prisons and jails could result in between 99,000– 188,000 additional coronavirus deaths. The article notes that a recent peer-reviewed study in Health Affairs also supports this finding. That study found that people cycling through Cook County Jail in Illinois were associated with 15.9 percent of Chicago’s COVID-19 cases as of late April. #covid-19

Rural Pennsylvania hospital pivots to respond to the pandemic

July 1, 2020 – Families, Seniors

Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler, Pennsylvania is home to the Regional Alliance Chronic Disease Coordination and Management (RACDCM) Program. The program supports patients age 45 and older who have at least two chronic diseases by providing chronic disease management resources. At the beginning of the pandemic, the RACDCM Program switched to a telehealth model. This transition was eased by previous telehealth experience. In order to reach patients in rural areas without internet access, they are adding dial-in options so patients may join sessions by phone. The RACDCM Program team has focused on supporting patients at home to avoid hospital visits for chronic condition care; the hospital reports overall lower hospital visits, including from those with chronic conditions. #covid-19 #rural

Senate bill would increase federal Medicaid assistance to states in fiscal distress

July 1, 2020 – Families

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reports on proposed legislation that would increase federal Medicaid assistance based on each state’s unemployment rate. These increases would bolster state budgets in recessions, including in the current pandemic-related recession. States are anticipating massive budget shortfalls and without federal assistance, will be forced to make cuts in education, health care (including Medicaid), and other services. Increased federal Medicaid assistance not only helps shore up state budgets, but also protects Medicaid and those who depend on it for health coverage. #covid-19

Small business losses largest on record; African American-owned businesses especially hard hit

June 30, 2020 – Families

New research posted by the National Bureau of Economic Research documents small business losses between February and April. The paper finds that the number of small business owners dropped by 22 percent over the two-month period, far eclipsing the 5 percent drop during the Great Recession. Losses were especially high among small business owners who were African American (41 percent), Latinx (32 percent), and immigrant (36 percent). #covid-19 #racialequity