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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Abuse Prevention, Crime & Law, Domestic Violence

Mission: The mission of Canopy Center is to prevent child abuse and neglect, strengthen families, and promote healing of those affected by abuse, through the provision of culturally competent and diverse professional, volunteer and peer services.

Geographic areas served: Dane County, Wisconsin

Programs: The goal of the oasis program is to help children/teens and their families achieve a healthy recovery from the trauma of child sexual abuse by providing trauma-focused group, individual and family therapy. The oasis program model strives to increase knowledge of effective coping skills and improve functioning at home, in school and in the community (94% of children/teens achieved or made significant progress toward this goal); and reduce symptoms/impact of behavioral or mental health issues including trauma on children and families (83% of children/teens and non-offending parents achieved or made significant progress toward this goal). The program is available to both english and spanish speakers. In 2014, 117 individuals were provided with 3,919 hours of service. The program utilized 7 volunteers who contributed 176 hours to the program. Volunteers serve as co-facilitators in therapy groups lead by a staff, master's level, therapist.

the goal of the families united network is to help families be safe, strong, stable and nurturing and to allow children and parents to grow to their full potential. Using a guided self-help model, parent support groups are offered weekly in which parents may discuss the current issues in their lives that are or could potentially affect their parenting. Groups are available in english and spanish. The long term objectives of the program are that children/teens are able to more fully and successfully engage in family, social and school life (98% achieved this goal), and there is an increase healthy functioning, enhance communication and reduce isolation in low income families (95% achieved this goal). In 2014, 96 individuals were provided with 6,018 hours of service. The program utilized 68 volunteers who contributed 5,281 hours to the program.

the goal of the parent stressline is to reduce child abuse and neglect, as well as the stress in families that can lead to child abuse and neglect. The parent stressline is a 14-hour, daily listening service staffed by trained parent advocates. Parent advocates strive to assist callers with finding solutions to their problems and make referrals, as needed, to canopy center programs or other appropriate community services that are equipped to meet the needs of the caller. Parent advocates are recruited from the community and must complete an initial day and a half comprehensive training, as well as on-going seminars, to continue the education needed to serve callers on the line. The long term objective of the program is that callers to the parent stressline are able to determine alternative behaviors for addressing the stress in their lives that can lead to child abuse and neglect and/or are provided with resources necessary to seek further assistance with their stress-related needs (91% of callers met this objective). In 2014, 2,649 calls were received on the line. The program utilized 30 volunteers who contributed 3,451 hours to the program.

the family sexual abuse treatment program brings together treatment teams working with families in which intra-family sexual abuse has occurred to help insure coordinated treatment. The goals of the program are that children remain in their homes and that there are no further reports of sexual abuse. During 2014, progress toward resolution and/or reunification was accomplished in most cases and there were no reported instances of sexual abuse on cases being staffed. In 2014, the program provided 161 treatment team staffings affecting 167 unduplicated participants.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Canopy Center is a non-profit in Madison that works to prevent and treat child abuse through the use of multiple programs. In addition, they offer programs to help support parent/child relationships. I have volunteered in their office since January and am thoroughly impressed with their work in the community. I am very proud to volunteer for their organization and hope that they continue to be successful on their path to help families in need of support.

Review from Guidestar

1 LeeAnn P.


Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Canopy Center just a few months ago. The Canopy Center programs do so much for families and are a great resource for people to help cope with the many demands in life. I have found that as a volunteer for the Canopy Center that I can make a difference in people's lives, what I do is worthwhile to others, and I am a part of something much larger. Overall the Canopy Center is great place to volunteer and they provide the training and support needed to do a good job.

Review from Guidestar

Tessa W.


Rating: 5

The Canopy Center is a great organization that helps many families. I started volunteering here for an internship and am so glad I did because it has shown me how much I love this work and how great I feel knowing that I've helped make a difference in many of the members lives. This program provides much needed support for the families. I love volunteering at the Canopy Center!