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.
Tamarack has two big goals. The first was to establish a learning centre to 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 48,000 changemakers in Canada 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 has contributed to a decline in the poverty rate in canda resulting in one million households rise out of poverty. We have built a global learning network of more than 48,000 place-based changemakers. We generate more than $2 million annually from our members and subscribers which is directly reinvested in building the capacity of gloable changemakers. In 2023, we were awarded the Collective Social Innovation Award by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Tamarack is a field catalyst, bringing together multi-sector partners in communities, supporting and learning with them. The local work influences and shift systems at the local, regional, provincial, national and international scales. We believe in the power of collaboration and the inclusion of the voice of lived and living experience to drive change on poverty, youth futures, wellbeing, and climate.