Canopy

Rating: 4.93 stars   28 reviews

Address:

3921 East Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA

Mission:

Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most. We bring the life-giving benefits of trees to the schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula. Our vision is a day when every resident of the Mid-Peninsula can walk, play, and in all ways thrive under the shade of healthy trees. Together, we can bring this vision to life!

Results:

Canopy has planted thousands of trees in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. We have a 96% 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:

Mid-Peninsula residents of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

In 2014, we planted 385 trees, tended 2,086 young trees, engaged over 1,007 volunteers, and reached 2,517 kids through educational activities!

Geographic areas served:

Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and the greater Mid-Peninsula area.

Programs:

Tree Plantings; Tree Care; Tree Walks; Education and Outreach; Right Tree in the Right Place; Teen Urban Forester Internships; Community Outreach; Advocacy.

2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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650-964-6110
www.canopy.org

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Reviews for Canopy

Rating: 5 stars  

Canopy has been a great opportunity for me, not only to get more involved with my community as a volunteer in high school, but also as an intern in college. Canopy is a force of good that makes all contributors feel recognized and appreciated, while simultaneously realizing significant change. Canopy has influenced me for seeing the change that an engaged community can accomplish, and has also provided terrific experience working in the nonprofit world as I start my career.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a planting leader with Canopy for almost three years. They have strong partnerships with the local school districts and cities, which make them an especially successful organization. There are some exceptionally strong staff members and very committed board members.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been planting with Canopy for some years, but not for some time until this past weekend. In the interim, the organization has become stronger, the staff has gotten even professional, and the volunteers more energized. And many of those were young folks from neighboring schools willing to come out on a Saturday morning, rolling up their sleeves and contributing their efforts to improve our urban canopy. Thank you Canopy.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

With a relatively small, well-organized staff, lots of volunteers, a can-do attitude, strong partners and a clear vision, Canopy has shown how successful it can be in changing neighborhoods and cities like Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. They've been at it almost twenty years and have enriched those cities with close to 4,000 trees, not to mention the countless hours of advocacy. Yes, I am a huge fan of Canopy.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with Canopy off and on for nearly 15 years and it all started with a class on trees at Stanford taught by Drew Oman with a guest speaker from Canopy. My budding love of trees leafed and grew because of the wonderful people I met. I love and value the organization for so many reasons: the people who run Canopy, the community and families we touch, the education and fun programs provided, and for all that I have learned. Thank you, Cristy Carlson Osborne

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to the Trees of Stanford event sponsored by Canopy. This included a panel discussion of tree experts as well as a tree walk of part of the Stanford campus. I am so glad I went - I learned a lot and met a lot of other people passionate about trees. Canopy does a great job at bringing events like this to the public and promoting education about trees. With Canopy's efforts we can continue to build a tree-valuing culture in Palo Alto and beyond. Thanks Canopy!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I've volunteered with Canopy for many years, since my children were young. They just get better and better in fulfilling their commitment to plant and care for trees and advocate for the urban forest. They're also a great group of people to work with. It's such a pleasure to work with a volunteer-based group that accomplishes a lot and makes it fun for everyone.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This was a great experience. The folks were helpful and friendly. They explained the process real simple for folks with no experience to understand. I felt real good, knowing I was giving back to the community.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

I attended my first tree planting with Canopy this past September at a combined event at Habitat for Humanity -- H4H had been doing a 3-day blitz in an East Palo Alto neighborhood and Canopy came in on the last day to incorporate trees in some of the yards, as well as join in with a big block party to celebrate everyone's hard work. Canopy gathered everyone together, distributed safety gear (bright vests, work gloves, and of course waivers), and gave a 15-minute demonstration on how to plant a tree before splitting the big group up into 3 smaller ones and sending us all off to our locations. Canopy's dedicated leaders did an incredible job making sure everyone in each group had a role to play and that people could switch off to try new things or when they got tired of digging :) I loved getting to work with people of all ages and cultures, and I was very impressed with Canopy's organization -- they had all the tools we needed, everything had a purpose, and we cleaned up quickly & easily. I learned so much! I know the Habitat for Humanity collaboration was a unique event, but I'm glad I got to be a part of it and hope to see more events like that in the future.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

 
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