is a verb

At the heart of Tamarack lies the belief that true community building, engagement and change go beyond mere words — they require genuine care, compassion and action.


Through coaching and resources, collaborative partnerships, and a deep understanding of the challenges we face, we support individuals and communities to break free from poverty's grip, create sustainable and equitable climate transitions, and inspire a sense of belonging and purpose.

Tamarack’s approach to change is guided by its vision, mission and principles, and informed by a theory of change.

Our Vision

Tamarack is a connected force for community change, building the capacity of changemakers in cities and communities, within Canada, and around the world.

Our Mission

Tamarack catalyzes collective action with diverse leaders to solve major community challenges including ending poverty, building youth futures, building belonging, and addressing climate change. Our belief is that when we are effective in strengthening our collective capacity to engage citizens and lead collaboratively, our work contributes to the building of peace and to a more equitable society.

Our Principles

Community Connections: We strengthen connections and collaborations between diverse people, organizations and sectors to grow and align our capacity to make a difference.

Place Matters: We focus our efforts on places where people live.

Hope and Optimism: We focus on the possible and our collective potential for making positive change.

Equity and Inclusion: We engage and elevate the voice of those most impacted by issues who have the greatest insight into possible solutions.

Courage and Learning: We ask difficult questions about the systems and structures which hold people and communities back and engage in peer-to-peer learning to build our capacity.

Action and Impact: We emphasize action and focus on impact.

Theory of Change

Our Theory of Change is based on the assumption that communities have a central role in responding to the intertwined challenges of climate change, racism, polarization, pandemics and income inequality for five key reasons:

It is easier to rebuild and strengthen connections, trust and relationships between diverse people who live in the same geographic area.

People are typically more willing to commit to long term efforts to make change when it is “their” community.

Community-wide efforts offer immediate and meaningful opportunities for leadership by persons with lived experience and inclusive approaches.

Place-based efforts allow for greater flexibility, innovation and responses that fit the unique nature of distinct communities.

There is a greater chance of addressing integrated economic social and environmental issues in practical ways at the scale of community.

tamarack at a glance


Active Learns +


City + Community


Thought Leaders




where we come from

As a small organization, founded in 2001, Tamarack had a big goal – establish a Learning Center to provide research and document real stories, exemplary practice, and effective applications for community change.

View Our 20-Year Timeline


where we are

We now disseminate the lessons learned with a growing network of 35,000 changemakers in Canada, the United States, and around the world. Since 2001, we have effectively helped more than one million households rise out of poverty and have engaged more than 350 municipalities represented in 83 regions as we continue pressing toward our goal of ending poverty in Canada.

View Our Community Acknowledgements


where we’re going

Tamarack 2030 represents our emerging vision for the future. Over the last 20 years, we have learned that community change happens when individuals and networks have the skills, knowledge, and intention to work collectively around a community goal and focus on impact. We bring a unique perspective weaving together a broad, diverse, and connected membership. These members invest in their shared future and work tirelessly to envision and achieve a better world.


Read Tamarack 2030: A Strategic Vision for Our Future

change in action

Browse our Resource Hub to read, listen to and watch how our changemakers are making an impact.
Visit our Learning Center to attend events, enroll in courses, and participate in community discussions.


resource hub

The latest thinking, tools and interactive online practice to provide inspiration and achieve success in community change efforts.


learning centre

Courses, workshops, and webinars. Create an account, and register for events and webinars.

get in touch

We’re happy to answer questions, discuss community issues and direct you to trusted resources. Get in touch with a specific team member or submit a general inquiry.


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