What we do


The Civic Canopy is transforming the way we approach and solve pivotal issues in our society. We connect diverse groups of people seeking change in their communities and equip them with the tools to create meaningful and lasting impact.

How do we drive transformative change?

We drive transformative change by creating a culture of collaboration across Colorado that is rooted in our Community Learning Model. The model is reinforced by a three-part platform of shared technology, training and technical assistance, and advocacy and engagement.

The Community Learning Model is a game-changer for achieving positive change in our communities and puts collaboration at the forefront of solving issues that affect the way our society functions.

Our three part platform provides:

  • the shared technology that communities need to stay connected and share vital information;
  • the training and technical assistance that partners need to develop the skills to carry out collaborative work; and
  • the advocacy and engagement networks that we need in order to build a more just society where everyone belongs.

We currently work in 5 key areas

Facilitating and strengthening engagement opportunities to improve the civic health of communities
The Civic Canopy supports organizations, networks and projects to ensure a genuine opportunity for all to advance public interest, strengthen civic engagement, and provide civic leadership to ensure Colorado’s citizens are leading and driving meaningful change.
Connecting networks to improve outcomes for Colorado children
The Civic Canopy facilitates and strengthens networks and partnerships to promote collective action toward shared results in order to ensure all Colorado’s young children are valued, healthy, and thriving.
Connecting ideas, people, and organizations through technology
The Civic Canopy is building The Civic Network, a platform for networks to share information and data to catalyze learning and connection.
Empowering people to make change in their communities
The Civic Canopy supports inclusive, resident-led efforts that lead to lasting, meaningful impact. By leveraging community organizing, authentic dialogue, and systems change approaches, residents are creating healthy, thriving neighborhoods in Near North East Denver.
Connecting networks to improve services through youth adult partnerships in Colorado
The Civic Canopy facilitates and strengthens networks of youth and youth-serving groups to help young people reach their full potential. By developing a common set of outcomes and striving for change through youth and adult partnerships, these networks enable youth to become collaborative leaders.