Vibrant Communities

Cities Reducing Poverty | Bringing All Voices To The Table

By: Megan Wanless, Senior Community Animator Poverty is a complex issue. It’s an issue that cannot be approached in isolation or solved by a select few – it effects everyone, is experienced by people in different ways, and involves a significant number of interrelated elements and stakeholders. We know this. We know that when working on […]

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Why Vibrant Communities? 10 Reasons Why Canada Needs to Reduce Poverty

The following are some notes drawn from a speech I made at the Tamarack Poverty Reduction Summit in Ottawa, May 6. John Wilson McConnell, who in 1935 established the Foundation for which I am privileged to work, was born in 1877 to Irish immigrants who had arrived in Canada that same year, illiterate and bankrupt. […]

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Tamarack Summit: Reducing Poverty Now

From May 6 to 8, the Tamarack Institute hosted the Poverty Reduction Summit: Every City, Province and Territory Working Together. Foundation President and CEO  Stephen Huddart spoke at the summit, as did Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi, Edmonton mayor Don Iveson, Deb Matthews, Ontario’s deputy premier, as well as numerous other national stakeholders. Notes from Stephen’s […]

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Vibrant Communities: Inspired Learning

A recent report on Vibrant Communities (VC)—a national poverty reduction initiative led by the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement in partnership with the Caledon Institute of Social Policy and the Foundation—focuses on the essential role that national supports played in the success of the initiative. Inspired Learning: An Evaluation of Vibrant Communities’ National Supports, with a […]

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Stanford Social Innovation Review Highlights Vibrant Communities

The work of Vibrant Communities—a national poverty reduction initiative led by the Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement in partnership with the Foundation—was highlighted in the December issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The article, Collective Impact Update: Channeling Change can be viewed here.

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Collaborative Leadership Tele-Learning Series

On January 26th, tune-in for an interview with Al Etmanski, President and founder of PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network) and partner in Social Innovation Generation (SiG), on Innovating Together. Al will be interviewed by Tamarack President and co-founder Paul Born as part of their Collaborative Leadership Tele-Learning Series. To learn more about the series or […]

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Vibrant Communities: Cities Reducing Poverty

The Foundation is pleased to highlight Tamarack Institute’s latest publication, Cities Reducing Poverty: How Vibrant Communities are Creating Comprehensive Solutions to the Most Complex Problem of our Times. Through stories and a unique analysis by editor Mark Cabaj, Cities Reducing Poverty details the poverty reduction efforts of collaborative groups in six Canadian cities—Calgary, Montreal, Surrey, […]

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New Foundation Publications

The Foundation is pleased to announce its latest publication: Resilience. With the purpose of sharing the Foundation’s evolving strategies and granting focus, Resilience provides an understanding of why we fund what we do and highlights lessons learned from work with our grantees and partners. Resilience is available to download from our website. During Tim Brodhead’s […]

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Community Foundations issue annual Vital Signs reports

Vital Signs reports look at communities’ quality of life and draw attention to areas for improvement. Earlier this month, 15 of these reports were launched in communities including Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Saint John, Toronto, and Vancouver. In addition to these local reports, Community Foundations of Canada issued the 4th edition of Canada’s Vital Signs, which […]

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Vibrant Communities releases 2002-2010 evaluation report

Yesterday, national sponsors of Vibrant Communities Canada released a report of a nine-year experiment that demonstrates the positive impacts of an innovative and collaborative approach to fighting poverty that is driving individual benefits, neighborhood changes and large scale community poverty reductions. The report, Vibrant Communities Canada 2002-2010 Evaluation Report, highlights key results and offers deeper […]

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