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.


Two Generations, One Future: moving parents and children beyond poverty together

March 13, 2013 – Families

Ascend at the Aspen Institute was launched with catalytic support from a core circle of investors with the mission to serve as a hub for breakthrough ideas and proven strategies that move parents, especially women, and their children beyond poverty toward educational success and economic security. This paper outlines the emerging case for and shares a framework for two-generation approaches.

State Planning Office 2012 Poverty report

January 1, 2012 – General –

Each year since 1998, the Maine State Planning Office has reported on the subject of poverty in Maine. The 2012 report (PDF) contains indicators updated through November 2011. Released January 2012.

Redrawing more equitable school boundaries is low-hanging fruit for supporting school integration, better outcomes for students of color

July 13, 2005 – Young Children, Older Youth

The Racial Equity Analytics Lab (REAL) at the Urban Institute recently published a resource detailing policy options that can help dismantle racial segregation in public school districts. Racial segregation in public schools is enduring, and a large body of research finds that it contributes to poorer socioeconomic outcomes and constrains opportunity for children of color. Often school attendance boundaries were intentionally initially created as ‘racial borders’; redrawing these boundaries is low-hanging fruit. Second, as school-choice mechanisms become increasingly common, school districts can ensure their lottery systems set quotas that encourage diversity and reserve seats for lower-income students. Finally, school districts can work with neighboring districts and local governments to address desegregation on a larger scale. #education #racialequity

Supports for rural Vermont women experiencing substance use disorder and partner violence are fragmented

July 12, 2005 – Families

New research in the Journal of Rural Health examines barriers to safety for women experiencing opioid use disorder and partner violence, among a rural Vermont sample. Using one-on-one interview data, the authors’ findings reflect many of the patterns in rural social service literature. Barriers in the form of geographic isolation and transportation challenges render existing services mostly inaccessible, while a lack of integration between substance use and domestic violence systems complicates the delivery of supports. Paired with the feelings of social isolation and stigma expressed by participants, both formal and informal supports were often inadequate. The authors call for better integration across service providers and wider access to care for women struggling in rural places. #families #rural #substanceabuse

A New Contract with the Middle Class

July 12, 1905 – General –

Brookings has launch a new infomation hub on the health of the AMerican middle class that focuses on money, time, relationships, health and respect. Middle class families are working harder, with too little to show for it. Confidence in the prospects for the next generation is low. Trust in our institutions, and even in each other, is declining. The gaps between us are widening. Populism, fueled in part by middle class discontent, is rising. #workforce