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CANOPY
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

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Organized tree plantings in a nearby park and on my street.