Alchemist CDC

Alchemist Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Sacramento area residents in their efforts to create vibrant, equitable, healthy and diverse communities.

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Address: 909 12th Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95814
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Community Improvement, Capacity Building 
Sub NTEE: Community & Neighbourhood Development 
Executive Director: Davida Douglas
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-204-8260
Alchemist Community Development Corporation was founded in 2004 by three graduate students in the UC Davis Masters program in Community Development. Since it's inception, Alchemist has largely focused on food access issues. We opened our first Urban Farm Stand in 2007, in the Alkali/Mansion Flats neighborhood, bringing fresh, locally grown produce at affordable prices to underserved areas. In the years that followed, our work connecting people to healthy, local, fresh produced has evolved and our reach today is much more broad as we connect low-income and underserved communities to healthy food options. Today, we operate CalFresh booths at 13 farmers' markets in the Sacramento area and have other programs focused on making food access more equitable. We have also expanded to include community building programs through neighborhood space beautification and economic development.

Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Due to the steady growth in our programs, our most pressing need is funds to strengthen the organization's infrastructure. A capacity-building grant of $40-50,000 would allow us to upgrade technology, conduct an audit of our financial systems and develop and implement a comprehensive board recruitment strategy.
  2. Board Members - In conjunction with capacity building objectives, we are seeking to expand our Board by bringing on members with expertise in Finance/banking, human resources, accounting, project management and architecture/development.
  3. Funding: Program - $25,000 to employ a part time community organizer would help us ensure that our projects remain grounded in the true needs of the community and involve residents in our community-building efforts.
  4. Funding: Program - Funding to sustain ongoing programs and bring innovative program ideas to fruition. ~$5,000 per farmers' market site to sustain and continue our CalFresh processing; $50,000 to launch a full scale Fruit & Veggie Prescription Program in partnership with local clinics serving low-income populations.
  5. Volunteers - Long-term consistent volunteers are needed to help carry out all of our programs efficiently. We offer unpaid internship opportunities to help you gain experience toward achieving your personal or career goals, or less intense volunteer opportunities work.
Alchemist CDC is a small non-profit that relies heavily on the support of community members as volunteers, and maintains ties with universities and colleges in the area in order to provide real life experience for students through internships. We are proud of our many partnerships and collaborations with other community organizations that provide depth of service and the strengths of shared resources and knowledge, while avoiding duplication of services. Our organization's small size and connectivity with community partners helps us keep project costs reasonable. It allows us a great deal of flexibility and nimbleness - giving us the ability to respond promptly to community needs and changing circumstances, or seize opportunities for new project development.