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: Tiffany Rosso
Contact Email: davida@alchemistcdc.org
Primary Phone: 916-204-8260
Website: http://www.alchemistcdc.org
Alchemist Community Development Corporation was founded in 2004. Since it's inception Alchemist CDC has largely focused on food access issues. Our largest program facilitates the use of CalFresh (previously known as food stamps) at 11 farmers' markets in the Sacramento area. Another program provides "Healthy Shopping on a Budget" store tours and food preparation demonstrations. We have also expanded to include community building programs through neighborhood space beautification and economic development.
With many new projects on the horizon, Alchemist CDC faces the challenge of continuing to sustain existing programs, while simultaneously expanding our reach and range of services, often in new and innovative ways.
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 systems ensuring that low-income families can purchase fresh produce from farmers' markets with their nutrition assistance benefits; $50,000 for equipment purchases for build-out of our Alchemy Kitchen food business incubator program.
  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 work 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.

Since 2004, Alchemist Community Development Corporation's dedicated team of Board of Directors, staff and volunteers have worked hard to deliver on our mission through strategic partnerships, community collaboration and neighborhood reinvestment projects. Alchemist CDC's mission focus is rooted in the belief that fresh, local, healthy food serves as a community connector and economic driver.

Our work includes: Connecting Families to Farmers through our CalFresh processing and Market Match incentive program at farmers' markets; Building Healthy Communities through partnerships with small scale grocery stores and ethnic markets; and Building Blocks: re-imaging shared neighborhood spaces though community inspired gardens, neighborhood cleanup events, and beautification projects.

Alchemist CDC's newest collaborative venture and potentially our most impactful program is the launch of Alchemy Kitchen-a food business incubator. Alchemy Kitchen will support low-income local food entrepreneurs by offering needed resources, such as low-cost access to a licensed commercial kitchen, food safety compliance and certification, business planning, technical support, and mentoring to start and grow their local food businesses. Designed as a replicable model, Alchemy Kitchen will be able to flourish in any community.

We believe that through healthy food access and Alchemy Kitchen, we can connect Sacramento's diverse cultures, ignite neighborhood-based economic development and create financial opportunities for low-income residents.

Tiffany Rosso
Executive Director
Alchemist CDC