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May 3, 2014

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May 3, 2014

I remember when Canopy first started, with big ideas and a tiny budget. I’ve had the privilege of working with them off and on ever since—serving as a leader in planting trees in our neighborhood, collaborating with them in persuading the school district to adopt and implement a good tree policy, loaning them my pickup, and working with a Latino mom and her kids in planting trees at an East Palo Alto school as part of a Rotary project. It is totally inspiring to see how they’ve grown and what they’ve accomplished and there are few experiences more rewarding than planting with young people and witnessing their emotional connection to nature.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

April 19, 2010

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April 19, 2010

I've volunteered for Canopy for over 10 years and keep coming back because of the benefit they provide to the community and because of the quality of the people associated with the organization. Their efforts to enhance the urban forests of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto are widely recognized appreciated by the citizenry of both communities. One of the major projects I supported was the planting of over 1200 trees in East Palo Alto since 2007. This has provided both an aesthetic benefit and the well-documented many environmental and economic benefits associated with planting trees.

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

many ways. Not only have I been able to be a "hands-on" volunteer, I've been able see the inner workings of the organization through participation on the board and on various committees.

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

working with a wide-range of community volunteers including many youth and service club groups and realizing the positive effect the organization has on local communities.

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

dedicated, enthusiastic, and having fun planting trees and doing tree care work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 17, 2010

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April 17, 2010

Canopy has something for everyone, and everything it touches is superbly organized. It provides turnkey volunteer activities such as tree plantings and monitoring young tree health for people who want to spend a few hours. It presents accessible educational programs such as neighborhood tree walks. It offers trainings for people who want to be more involved. It supports neighborhood initiatives to plant street trees. Its programs engage everyone from school kids to older adults. It also brings exceptional environmental leaders to our community from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai to E.O. Wilson. In short it is a powerful force integrated into our community in countless ways.

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

Helping organize two planting events for multiple trees: one in a nearby park and one on my street. Canopy determined the optimal species and provided materials, supplies and training. I'm also a former board member and current advisory board member.

Ways to make it better...

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

Expand the geographic reach. Neighboring communities would benefit from Canopy's down to earth but sophisticated approach that yields great results. This would provide terrific economies of scale for all involved.

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

Focusing on a single essential element in nature, while working alongside people who are far more knowledgeable and passionate than I am. When I leave the activities, I am both better informed and inspired.

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

Energetic, warm, inclusive, highly organized and intelligent.

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

1) create an endowment and grow the organization without having to devote time to fundraising; expand its geograpic reach

Ways to make it better...

On my own street if I could have convinced more neighbors to plant trees.

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

Expanding geographically.

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

The executive director is exceptionally talented as a strategist and manager; hires smart, capable people; and engages volunteers in a warm, welcoming way.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I've been very impressed not just with the professionalism of the Canopy staff -- great use of technology -- but also with the creativity exhibited in many of the programs and activities. The scope of what Canopy does is stupendous -- everything from inventorying native oaks to conducting neighborhood tree walks -- but there's never any loss of focus on its mission of protecting Palo Alto's trees.

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

selecting a tree for my yard.

Ways to make it better...

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

increase the size of the office!

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

the practicality of what it does.

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

since staff and volunteers are people, the appropriate pronoun is WHO or WHOM not "that." In this case it's "whom," but "who" would still be better than "that." OK?

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

pay the staff decently, rent a decent office, get administrative help for the overworked director, publicize its programs better, hire someone to work full-time with city staff on tree issues and care for a lot more trees.

Ways to make it better...

funds weren't so tight.

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

money, money, money

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 16, 2010

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April 16, 2010

I'm a certified arborist that helps Canopy out on planting and work days. Working with Canopy has been a great experience. The staff, board members, and volunteer leaders are all committed to educating the public about the numerous environmental and economic benefits of planting trees. We teach all volunteer workers how to plant properly ~ especially important with trees ~ from digging the hole to mulching, staking, and watering. We teach the public about proper tree care and proper tree selection. Planting trees is one of the best things we can all do to help heal the planet. Canopy advocates for trees, helping to assure everyone does right by the trees in Palo Alto and neighboring communities needing help. Fantastic organization!

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

working as a volunteer planting leader.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

working recently on the California Avenue tree replanting project. The well-oiled Canopy machine jumped in to resolve a public relations nightmare. The end result was 46 trees properly planted by over 150 volunteers in under 2 hours. Amazing work!

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

other certified arborists, tree lovers, neighbors, and students. I especially love working with the students, catching them at an early age and teaching them how to select, plant, and properly care for trees.

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

plant 100,000 trees ~ probably more like 150,000, since they likely purchase trees at wholesale prices. They could help neighboring communities plant more trees. They could help restore native plant communities, recreating habitat for native critters.

Ways to make it better...

there was more lead time for many of the events were volunteers and arborists are needed. All too often, when there's less than a month's notice, it's impossible to rearrange the schedule to accommodate the activities.

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

lack of funds in a struggling economy. California will likely be one of the last areas to come out of this current economic crisis. Our wonderful non-profits are disappearing because donors aren't currently donating. Help Canopy continue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 15, 2010

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April 15, 2010

Canopy has facilitated the planting of many hundreds, maybe thousands, of trees since I have been involved with the organization. People may not see them because of our busy lives, we go by too fast, but those new trees will benefit many generations to come, just as we have benefited from the trees planted by foresighted people 75-100 years ago. Canopy makes a difference and leads the way!

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

exceotional. Canopy has a wonderfully dedicated Executive Director, who makes good "things" happen in ways that still bewilder me!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

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.

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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

February 3, 2010

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February 3, 2010

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

February 2, 2010

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February 2, 2010

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!!

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

working with them along California Avenue.

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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

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