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Canopy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Recycling

Mission: Canopy's mission is to grow urban tree canopy in Midpeninsula communities for the benefit of all. 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 grows, protects, and advocates for an essential community resource: urban trees. Founded in Palo Alto in 1996, today Canopy’s branches extend across the Midpeninsula. Each year, we engage thousands of local residents in tree planting and tree care, hands-on education, and grassroots environmental action. Together, we grow the urban forest and create healthy communities where people and nature thrive.

Target demographics: Midpeninsula residents of all ages.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017, we planted 355 drought-tolerant trees, tended 2,535 young trees, engaged over 1,560 volunteers, and reached 1,530 kids through educational activities!

Geographic areas served: Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, and the greater Midpeninsula area.

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

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.