February 25, 2013


“Education is the single most powerful means to improve the quality of life…the single most powerful weapon against poverty and intolerance. Education builds a culture of peace…it empowers human beings, both young and adult, to be effective in their chosen sphere of activity…education in its essence, opens doors to both personal and social development.” –Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director-General of UNESCO

Tony Cippolone (of the John T. Gorman Foundation) and United Way CEO Suzanne McCormick prepare for the Portland ConnectED press conference

Tony Cippolone (of the John T. Gorman Foundation) and Suzanne McCormick at a Portland ConnectED press conference

United Way of Greater Portland is one of nine founding partners of Portland ConnectED, an innovative new program with the goal of providing “cradle-to-career” support for all Portland citizens.

Capitalizing upon Portland’s assets, a strong educational capacity, network of niche research institutions, and exceptional quality of life, Portland ConnectED seeks to build partnerships among education, business, non-profit, civic and philanthropic sectors. These connections will help the community provide high quality education to ensure that the population possesses the skills needed to succeed in the city’s modern, global economy from skilled labor to high tech to innovation industries thereby securing Portland’s future well-being.

Portland ConnectED’s initial efforts and goals for the community including achieving kindergarten readiness, grade-level reading proficiency by third grade, exceeding the state goal of 90% high school graduation, and endowing a fund dedicating to supporting post-secondary enrollment, persistence, and completion.