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Canopy

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Forest Conservation, Recycling

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 Mountain View. 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 2015, we planted 269 drought-tolerant trees, tended 1,716 young trees, engaged over 1,269 volunteers, and reached 1,183 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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We would love for Canopy of Palo Alto to be recognized. The organization is amazing in its efforts to: bring volunteers together, encourage people to do service work, beautify the community and help the environment. I work for the City of Palo Alto in a Community Center that was built in the 60s and has yet to benefit from any type of remodel. It is heavily used and the wear and tear really shows. However, we have been lucky enough to be the recipient of Canopy’s good work. For three years now, Canopy has organized a day where they bring 100 + volunteers to our center and work: digging, weeding, planting and laying mulch. It is the most amazing sight, not just the beautiful outcome but also seeing families working so hard together side by side. I am amazed at their staff’s hard work , not just on the work day but also all the prep up until the day and all the followup making sure our trees and plants are thriving. It really makes a huge difference around here and we are so grateful for their work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Elise from canopy.org led our 3rd grade Brownie troop and chaperone moms on a one-hour walking tour of the neighborhood around our elementary school. She pointed out ~12 different trees, encouraged the girls to touch the bark and to collect leaves and fallen flowers and to share their observations. She talked about native trees vs. imports and how/why their bark, trunks, branches, leaves/needles and fruits/seeds were different and how the trees have adapted to our climate. It was incredibly educational and because the girls were encouraged to collect their own samples and share their own thoughts, it was highly interactive and therefore, I believe, more meaningful. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful volunteers, project managers and a very important cause! It's better to dig the planting holes by machine \uD83D\uDE0A

Client Served

Rating: 5

Contributing to the environment and wellbeing of people. Wonderful volunteers. Could drill planting holes by machine rather than by shovel.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We're very grateful to Canopy for planting an avocado tree in our front yard. I ended up volunteering to help with the tree planting, and I was impressed by the organization of the event. Every staff member I met was friendly, knowledgeable, and more than willing to answer tree-related questions. Thanks, Canopy, for the great work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have loved working with Canopy. Their dedicated and skilled volunteers, and their ready partnerships with other organizations, and their follow-through will benefit our Head Start center's children and families for years to come. Though it took over a year to receive all the approvals needed, and jump through all of the bureaucratic hoops of a federal contractor, Canopy was able to plant over 10 trees and rescue several others that had been previously planted incorrectly. It warms my heart so much to think that the children and families and teachers at Laurel will, for years to come, enjoy the trees, have some shade, learn from their seasonal changes and the gifts of fruit they will bring.