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.


Healthy Aging Begins at Home

May 25, 2016 – Seniors

Over the next 15 years, the explosive growth of the nation’s senior population will present unprecedented challenges. Unfortunately, millions of Americans will find they lack enough savings to fund their retirements. Some will struggle to afford their housing, while others will find their housing is ill-suited for living independently. Many will eventually need help with the “activities of daily living,” like eating, bathing, and dressing, assistance that can be both costly and taxing on other family members. Most older Americans will suffer from at least one chronic condition.

Shortchanged in Retirement: Continuing Challenges to Women's Financial Future

March 25, 2016 – Seniors

This report, which is based on the authors' analysis of the 2012 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data from the United States Census, examines the distinct challenges posed by the current retirement system of Social Security, pensions, and savings for working-age women, retirement-aged women, and retired women.

A Portrait of Wellbeing: The Status of Seniors in Maine

January 26, 2016 – Seniors

Commissioned by the John T. Gorman Foundation, this report by the Carsey School of Public Policy reviews the status of seniors around the state. *JTGF-funded

“You Only Pray that Somebody Would Step In”: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Elder Abuse in America

January 15, 2016 – Seniors

Moving the problem of elder abuse up the list of public priorities and engendering a productive public conversation around the issue requires a new communications strategy. An effective reframing strategy can foster better understanding of the issue, raise its salience in public thinking, and generate support for needed policies. This report represents the first step in a larger research project to develop such a strategy.

2015 White House Conference on Aging Final Report

January 15, 2016 – Seniors

On July 13, 2015, President Obama hosted the sixth White House Conference on Aging, joining older Americans and their families, caregivers, and advocates at the White House and virtually through hundreds of watch parties across the country.

The Role of Foundation Grantmakers in Responding to Community Aging

November 30, 2015 – Seniors

An interview with John T. Gorman Foundation President and CEO Tony Cipollone on the role of grantmakers in responding to community aging.

Food Insecurity Among Older Adults

November 24, 2015 – Seniors

Food insecurity among older adults is a critical social issue that requires immediate attention from policy and other decision makers.

Official Poverty Statistics Mask the Economic Vulnerability of Seniors

September 15, 2015 – Seniors

This report from the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire compares Maine's seniors with the rest of the nation, exploring the effectiveness of traditional poverty measures.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging report: “Making Your Community Livable for All Ages: What’s Working!”

May 7, 2015 – Seniors

A report from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging that identifies key livable community strategies at the local level—facilitating a variety of housing alternatives, expanding transportation options, changing the culture around aging and in many other ways making communities more livable for all residents as they age.

Administration on Aging

April 8, 2015 – Seniors

The Administration on Aging (AOA) is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to carry out the provisions of the Older Americans Act of 1965 (OAA). The OAA promotes the well-being of older individuals by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. The Act also empowers the federal government to distribute funds to the states for supportive services for individuals over the age of 60.

Evidence Matters: Transforming Knowledge into Housing and Community Development Policy

April 8, 2015 – Seniors

Publication of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development featuring articles that center on aging at home.

Legal Services for the Elderly

April 8, 2015 – Seniors

Legal Services for the Elderly provide free, high quality legal services to Maine’s socially and economically needy elderly age 60 and over.