Action Tank tackles tough problems by harnessing the experiences, skills, and relationships of service-minded citizens to improve the social conditions of our community.

We are a group of Philadelphia-area military veterans who formed a new type of service organization. Beyond just thinking about the problems facing our community, we are acting by engaging our skills, resources and relationships, hence our name, Action Tank. Nikos Kazantzakis said it best, “The ultimate, most holy form of theory is action.”


Action Tank’s Values



Focus on others with honesty and humility. Listen with intention to maintain an open and balanced perspective.


Build and leverage relationships as an evolving team of diverse stakeholders to address pressing social needs.


Deploy our unique skill sets to advance the collective well-being of our communities.


Our focus is not on our differences, but on what binds us together. Action Tank has observed the erosion of people’s willingness to work and live for the function of an effective society. We have learned the necessity of this social capital - who better to take on these societal problems than those who have previously taken on these challenges together? Our experience as Veterans has led to a unique type of growth and resilience that can be leveraged for the benefit of our community. Philadelphia, with her rich history of serving as the founding city of our military branches, is perfectly suited to launch this initiative.

Annual Reports

2018 was a fantastic year for Action Tank! We've reviewed our year in our 2018 Annual Report. While you’re here, you can also view our annual report from last year.

Action Tank is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our Employer Identification Number is 82-2327032.