About Us

The John T. Gorman Foundation advances and invests in innovative ideas and opportunities that improve the lives of Maine's most vulnerable people. We focus on four key areas: Improving educational achievement for children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable older youth, helping struggling families succeed and enabling seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.  
Our Priority Areas

Gateway to Opportunity Gives Young Mainers 
Memo rable Summers

Summer jobs are an important source of income, structure and self-esteem for young Mainers, but these opportunities are increasingly hard to come by. Indeed, the unemployment rate for Maine youth between the ages of 16 and 19 is more than three times the overall rate. Low-income teens are disproportionately affected by this shortage: national research has shown that they are up to 20 percentage points less likely to be employed when compared to their moderate- and high-income peers. And young people aren't the only ones hurt by the lack of summer jobs. These early work experiences serve as important training experience for students preparing for the full-time job market. They also help employers fill current vacancies and help address the long-term challenge of finding qualified future workers -- a critical issue in Maine.

Applications for the second cohort of the
John T. Gorman Foundation
Fellowship Program
will be accepted starting

June 17th
on our website,
Summer Learning Initiative Broadens to Include More Community-Based Programming and School-Based Sites
Participants from last year's Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine summer programming.
Schoolchildren all over Maine are counting down the days until summer vacation begins. This year, more young kids will benefit from literacy-based programming that will keep them from losing ground over the break. As part of our efforts to help Maine's children read proficiently by the end of third grade, the John T. Gorman Foundation has partnered with several school districts and organizations to stop the "summer slide"- the decline in reading skills that children suffer when they don't attend academically enriching activities over the school break. That decline is particularly pronounced in low-income students.

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Note from the President and CEO

It finally feels like spring in most of Maine, and with the prospect of even warmer weather on the horizon, we wanted to take a few moments to update you on the progress of some of the work that the John T. Gorman Foundation is undertaking to improve the lives of children, youth, and families around the state.

In this issue, we check in with the first cohort of John T. Gorman Fellows. They finished the formal curriculum of the program back in November, but they've continued to apply the lessons they've learned at their organizations and in their collaborations together. For those interested in becoming part of this growing leadership program, we invite you to apply to the next cohort of the John T. Gorman Fellowship when the application launches on our website on June 17 th.

With summer just around the corner, we give an overview of two projects designed to provide enrichment over the school vacation period. Our summer learning initiative will reach even more children as we expand our partnerships with school districts and community based organizations, and the new Gateway to Opportunity program, which we're proud to support, will connect young people in the Portland area with meaningful employment during their break.

We also reflect on our productive relationship with the Maine Community College System, highlighting some of the work we've done together to help students at campuses across the state achieve their educational and employment goals. Finally, we highlight the terrific Community Aging in Place program of Bath Housing, which lets seniors stay in their own homes longer through modest safety updates and improvements.

As ever, I invite you to be in touch with any questions, comments, or ideas related to our work. Thanks.
-Tony Cipollone, President and CEO
The John T. Gorman Fellowship Program Helps Maine's Nonprofit Leaders Succeed
Fellows Heidi Wierman and Louise Marsden discuss their work.
At the John T. Gorman Foundation, we're proud to support many organizations that are improving the lives of Mainers throughout the state. But we know that these organizations' greatest resource is the dedicated staff who serve as their leadership. In 2014, we made the strategic decision to help bolster this resource by establishing the inaugural John T. Gorman Foundation Fellowship, an opportunity for the rising generation of nonprofit and public sector leaders in Maine to hone their skills as well as to acquire new competencies.

Ten outstanding individuals were selected as part of this first cohort, and completed a rigorous curriculum designed to help them bring a focus on achieving measurable results to their work. Although the last of the six seminars of the Fellowship was held this past November, the Fellows have continued to collaborate, working together towards the goal of changing outcomes in the population they serve by September of 2016. In March, the first class of Fellows held a meeting to check in on their progress and help each other work through obstacles.

Through Community Aging in Place,
Seniors Feel Safer at Home
A volunteer helps make improvements to a local home as part of the Community Aging in Place program.
At the core of the John T. Gorman Foundation's work with seniors is our conviction that older people in Maine should be able to remain safely in their communities as long as possible. One way to ensure this is to make the physical condition of those homes safer. Simple measures like installing grab bars in the shower, repairing gaps in the floor, and checking smoke detectors can go a long way towards preventing injuries in the home and helping seniors live independently.
Community Aging in Place (CAP), an innovative new program of the Bath Housing Development Corporation and its community partners, is helping provide such modest home modifications to income-qualified seniors of the greater Bath region. Debora Keller, executive director of Bath Housing, conceived of the program with the knowledge that the waiting list for low-income seniors to move into affordable housing was nearly two years long. Keller wondered: What might help older people stay safely in their own homes for longer?
The Maine Community College System  
and the John T. Gorman Foundation:  
A Valued Partnership 
A My Success student at Southern Maine Community College.

Community colleges' commitment to delivering high-quality education to non-traditional, first-generation and returning students makes them highly effective in providing individuals and families with paths out of poverty. A number of the goals and strategies of the John T. Gorman Foundation rely on close collaboration with the Maine Community College System, and it's a relationship we're proud of.

Having grown dramatically over the past decade, the seven campuses that make up the MCCS are a statewide resource for Mainers of all backgrounds and ages looking to gain educational and vocational skills that will help them improve their lives.