When the Canopy team learned in fall 2022 that Catherine would retire, we asked how we could give her the best possible send-off. Her immediate response: “Invest in the continued success of Canopy and the trees!”
We’re taking Catherine at her word, and launching the Catherine Martineau Legacy Fund to springboard Canopy into its next chapter and deepen our work to grow a tree-filled future for all.
Our goal is to raise $300,000 by June 30, 2023. Two of Canopy’s incredible former Board Chairs have committed leadership gifts totaling $100,000, jumpstarting momentum towards this goal.
Today, will you join us to carry Catherine’s legacy and Canopy’s work into the future? Together, we’ll continue to work towards a day when everyone can walk, play, and thrive under the shade of healthy trees.
Throughout her tenure, Catherine shone a light on the “green gap,” the stark difference in the amount of trees and greenery from one neighborhood to the next. Today, more and more research confirms what Catherine immediately recognized: that the trees in our cities and neighborhoods play a key role in community health, wellbeing, and resilience.
Your contribution will fund Canopy’s continued work to:
Plant and steward trees where they are needed the most, mitigating extreme heat and improving air and water quality in neighborhoods where greenery is scarce
Nurture young people of color as environmental leaders, including through paid urban forestry internships and early career positions as Canopy staff members
Expand tree-based lessons for K-12 students to engage students of diverse learning styles, ages, and backgrounds
Equip residents as urban forest stewards through engaging community events like family-friendly tree plantings and neighborhood tree walks, and useful resources like tree care and watering guides
Advocate to local governments for policies, practices, and programs that leverage tree and other nature-based solutions to foster climate resilience and environmental equity.
How you can participate
There are many ways to make your special gift to Catherine Martineau Legacy Fund: