Who We Are

About Tamarack

The Tamarack Institute is a connected force for community change.

The Tamarack Institute develops and supports collaborative strategies that engage citizens and institutions to solve major community issues across Canada and beyond. Our belief is that when we are effective in strengthening community capacity to engage citizens, lead collaboratively, deepen community and end poverty, our work contributes to the building of peace and a more equitable society. Tamarack’s work is comprised of two key areas of impact:

Learning Centre

Our Learning Centre exists to empower community changemakers to achieve greater impact. We draw upon our 18 years of experience leading community change and advancing practice to support municipalities, funders, non-profits, and community leaders through on-demand coaching and consulting, in-person and digital training, and publications that guide change efforts. 

We support our learning network in developing five interconnected practices that lead to community change:

As a registered charity, all of your investments as clients and learners goes back into providing content and tools on an open-source platform to build the capacity in the field. By working with us, you help support the efforts of changemakers in your community and worldwide.

Vibrant Communities

In Vibrant Communities we support cities and local leaders to develop and implement large-scale change initiatives through these learning networks: 

  • Communities Ending Poverty is a network of 330 municipalities represented by 80+ regional members working collaboratively to end poverty in their communities.

  • Cities Deepening Community is a network of 67 cities seeking to strengthen neighbourhoods and 25 cities developing community plans to grow citizen engagement, civic leadership and a sense of belonging.

  • Communities Building Youth Futures is a five-year strategy to work with 13 communities to develop system-wide solutions for youth as they build and act upon plans for their future.

  • Community Climate Transitions is building a network of communities that are committed to tackling climate change through a multi-solving approach that advances social, environmental and economic goals simultaneously.

Our belief is that when we are effective in strengthening community capacity to engage citizens, lead collaboratively, deepen community and reduce poverty, our work contributes to the building of peace and a more equitable society. 

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, deepening community, 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 Story

Tamarack was founded in 2001 by Alan Broadbent of the Avana Capital Corporation and Maytree (Foundation) and Paul Born, Co CEO of Tamarack. Their hope was to create an institute that would deeply understand how community change can happen and would help organizations and citizens work better together for a collective impact.

As a small organization, Tamarack had two big goals. The first was to establish a learning centre that would provide research and document real stories, exemplary practice and effective applications for community change. We now disseminate the lessons learned with a growing network of 35,000 changemakers in Canada, the US and around the world. The second was to apply what we learned to end poverty. 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.

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. Tamarack brings a unique perspective weaving together a broad, diverse and connected membership. These members invest in their shared future. But most importantly, they are having an impact.

Read our 15-year history (2002-2017) 

Learn more about the work we do

We invite you to read our 2020 Annual report which reflects on Tamarack’s journey through 2020 and our growth along the way. We are incredibly thankful to the 35,000+ learning partners in over 2,300 cities across Canada and beyond for being a part of this journey with us over the past year.

In 2020, we created over 200 resources accessed by 111,531 individuals and produced 170 webinars, workshops and communities of practice - engaging over 26,715 changemakers. We cherish the opportunity to work together to navigate community change and to build vibrant places to live and grow.

Read the 2020 Report


Annual Reports from previous years are also available:


Our Partners

Thank you to our most generous funders and partners who make our work possible.

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Our Supporters

Thank you to our supporters for in-kind contributions.

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We also want to recognize and thank our many event and program sponsors and partners, who contribute significantly to growing our learning community. 

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