CANOPY

Rating: 4.87 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Environment

Location: 3921 E Bayshore Rd Palo Alto CA 94303 USA

Mission: Canopy protects and grows the urban forest in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and neighboring communities. Because trees are a critical element of a livable, sustainable urban environment, Canopy’s mission is to educate, inspire, and engage youth, residents, schools, businesses, and government agencies to protect and enhance local urban forests.
Results: Canopy has planted thousands of trees in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. We have a 98% survival rate for newly planted trees. We've also reached hundreds of school kids with our education programs, helping them learn about the environment. We engage hundreds of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in our tree planting and tree care. Canopy also advocated for our urban forest with local and state governments.
Target demographics: grow and protect our urban forest."
Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2009 we cared for 2,292 trees, engaged over 400 volunteers and reached 2,189 residents through educational activities!
Geographic areas served: Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Peninsula, Menlo Park
Programs: 1. Tree Plantings 2. Tree Care 3. Tree Walks 4. Youth Staff Program 5. Right Tree in the Right Place 6. Training Sessions and Workshops 7. Community Outreach
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EIN 01-0565752
650-964-6110
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I was very impressed not only by the dedication and professionalism of the staff, but of the volunteers themselves. Everyone takes great pride in their contribution to this historic event. I am very pleased to have been a part of this wonderful organization and I look forward to working together again.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their commitment to community and each individuals commitment to making our world a better place. It's people like these that are the prime example of what is best in humanity.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

After the clearcutting of the oak trees on California Avenue in Palo Alto, I looked around for an organization that protects trees in Palo Alto. Canopy wasn't hard to find, and I joined it immediately. Saturday's event (the replanting of trees) convinced me that I made the right decision. Canopy shares with residents Fred and Ann Balin the credit for leading the movement to redirect the city's ill-advised replanting plan to what was finally achieved. I think everyone who wishes to prevent another fiasco like last September's tree cutting needs to get involved with their neighborhood association. I believe that if more people had been involved it wouldn't have happened. In addition, please support Canopy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

joining with them in a powerful local movement that advocated the replacement of the felled oak trees with a diversity of species; at the end, Canopy organized and led the planting of the replacements in what was a joyous civic celebration.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is far too early in my association to suggest changes. I am happy to appreciate what they are and what they have done.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being around people who love and know trees.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, serious and sophisticated about preserving and expanding Palo Alto's canopy. They were friendly and informative, about as perfect representatives of the organization as could be imagined.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make Palo Alto an even better place to live.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Development and population expansion. Crowded urban areas don't have much space for trees.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I didn't realize how important it is to vigilantly protect the trees. I assumed that this was a given in the "tree city" that Palo Alto claims to be; I was wrong. I will remain a supporter of Canopy because they watch out for the trees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This was truly an awesome experience! I was so heartbroken, as was so many other people, to see our lovely trees go... Now, my heart is absolutely filled with such joy, gratitude and thankfulness that I was given the opportunity to give back to nature and help heal a little piece of Mother Earth! Our tree was planted directly in front of Bistro Elan and... her name is Linda! Please support her and the other trees and watch how beautifully they grow! Thank you Canopy and our lovely City! This was truly a good deed... indeed!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with them along California Avenue.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their love and understanding of respecting and giving back to Mother Earth. It was apparent that they enjoyed working with their volunteers, which made the entire experience even more pleasurable. My three teenage sons were very pleased!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

truly very welcoming and awesome. DeAnne was so personable, patient and just as enthuiastic about being there and educating me and my 3 sons, as I was!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Spread the word about who they are and the existence of their organizations even more, as I had never heard of Canopy before I received my school e-news letter (Paly Link)

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Canopy organized a fun and engaging Arbor Day celebration for kids and families in Palo Alto--teaching kids and adults about the value of urban trees through simple activities associated with trees.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way kids learn to value trees in their neighborhoods

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the simple, well thought out and friendly education activities they arrange.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely interested in teaching people about trees.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

1) Ensure that Bay Area urban forests grow and are protected 2) Spread the word and educate others about how valuable and important trees are in urban areas 3) Ensure that people plant area-appropriate trees so that we have trees and don't waste water!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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