The Civic Canopy
The Civic Canopy is a community-based nonprofit focused on transforming the way we solve society’s big, sticky issues. We do this by engaging and connecting diverse groups of people seeking change in their community and equipping them with the tools to create meaningful and lasting impact. Project by project, we aim to create a new culture across Colorado that centers around elevating often unheard and underrepresented voices, designing spaces that foster understanding and trust, and mobilizing towards collective action that results in systemic change.
Canopy Vision: thriving communities in which all participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.
Canopy Mission: to create the conditions where the many work as one for the good of all.
Our Core Beliefs inform and guide how we show up and approach all aspects of our work.
In 2003, a small group of partners began to explore more collaborative ways to approach community change. Through a series of annual “Raising the Canopy” events, they asked themselves: What does effective partnership look like? How might we each contribute to a shared vision? What most gets in the way of real impact?
- Individual people and organizations have the capacity, skills, and relationships to lead collaborative efforts.
- Strong coalitions across Colorado and beyond are actively mobilized and achieving shared results through inclusion, dialogue, action, and learning.
- Networks are connected to one another and supported by structures that enable collective action at scale.