Canopy (Palo Alto, CA)


  • Name:Catherine Martineau
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Canopy
  • Address:3921 East Bayshore Road
    Palo Alto, CA 94303
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:650-964-6110

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  • Mission:
  • Vision:
    Our vision for the future is that:
    • Palo Alto and neighboring communities will have a continually replenished, healthy urban forest
    • Canopy will make a significant contribution to maintaining and enhancing local urban forests through advocacy and hands-on efforts
    • Residents will recognize the value of the urban forest and enthusiastically support Canopy’s efforts

    Mission Statement:
    Because trees are a critical element of a livable, sustainable urban environment, Canopy’s mission is to educate, inspire, and engage youth, residents, schools, businesses, and government agencies to protect and enhance local urban forests.

  • Overview:
  • Canopy is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to planting and protecting trees in parks, at schools, and along streets in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and neighboring communities. Since 1996, Canopy volunteers have planted 3,400 trees for public enjoyment, health, and inspiration. Scientific research shows that trees in the urban environment provide multiple health, environmental and economic benefits beyond their aesthetic value. However not all communities are afforded these benefits and there is inequality in tree canopy cover and access to nature among communities. This phenomenon, sometimes referred to as "the green gap" is particularly striking in the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula where tree canopy cover reaches 47% in Atherton, and 38% in Palo Alto, compared to 22% in East Palo Alto. One of Canopy’s goals is to create more canopy equity in our region.

    Canopy’s major programs include tree planting, tree care, and environmental education for youth.

    Each year hundreds of Canopy volunteers plant trees that rejuvenate or augment local urban forests. Canopy’s expertise in planting and tree care techniques results in young trees achieving exceptional surviving rates. Through a variety of tree care workdays, Canopy volunteers water, mulch, train, prune and survey young public trees for signs of distress.

    The goal of Canopy’s youth environmental programs is to build environmental literacy in our youth and create the next generation of environmental stewards and leaders. We offer programs in conjunction with tree plantings and tree care to maximize the connection between science and the students’ local environment. They consist of K-12 school or after school lessons that meet the California standards and are based on curriculum developed to optimize cultural and community relevancy. The Canopy Youth Staff program provides leadership and arboriculture training to four to six high school students from East Palo Alto whom Canopy employs part-time to help lead volunteer workdays during the school year and the summer.

    Other programs include tree education for adults and professionals in a variety of formats such as tree walks, tree care workshops, classes, special events, as well as in depth information on our website and newsletters. For example the website offers a searchable localized database of more than 300 tree species to guide residents and professionals in the selection of suitable trees.

    Finally, through advocacy activities Canopy is able to leverage the work of volunteers and staff. Canopy “speaks for the trees” at all levels of government and local jurisdictions and businesses to ensure that the natural environment is not overlooked in project planning and budgeting.

  • History:
  • Canopy was founded in 1996 by a group of residents concerned with the decline of trees in Palo Alto. The organization mobilized residents to conduct an array of activities with the goal of reversing the decline: hands-on neighborhood tree plantings and tree maintenance, advocacy and educational programs.
    Canopy became an independent 501(c)3 in 2002.
    In 2006, strong of ten years of successful programs, Canopy invited Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai to launch a five-year initiative to plant 1,000 trees in East Palo Alto, to address environmental justice issues facing this underserved community. Trees were planted with the help of community members and Canopy assumed the responsibility of the tree maintenance. As a result, these trees have performed remarkably well, with an exceptional 98% survival rate.
    In 2011, Canopy launched the "Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids!" initiative to plant 1,000 trees for kids, on school campuses and in parks. The initiative is close to completion with close to 900 trees planted at 18 schools and parks, 80% of them in East Palo Alto.

  • Year established:1996
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:28
  • Staff size:4


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:01-0565752

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:010565752
  • Organization Name:CANOPY
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Organization Address:3921 EAST BAYSHORE RD
  • Organization City:PALO ALTO
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:94303-4326
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2, 1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization, Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 2002
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:C27
  • Asset Amount:$634,495
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$886,862
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$886,862
  • Last Updated:2/20/2018 11:26:32 pm

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