Alchemist Community Development Corporation

Alchemist Community Development Corporation was founded in 2004. Since inception, Alchemist CDC has been dedicated to the intersection of equitable food systems and economic development. Our largest program facilitates the use of CalFresh (previously known as food stamps) at several farmers' markets in the Sacramento area. A second program area, Alchemist Kitchen, assists low-income and under-resourced food entrepreneurs with starting and growing food businesses. Finally, our Neighborhood Empowerment program works with local neighbors to support grassroots efforts to solve community problems and pursue visions of the common good.

Mission

We connect communities to land, food, and opportunities.

Needs

Due to the steady growth in our programs, our most pressing need is funds to strengthen the organization's infrastructure and professional development. $50,000 will help us build capacity, respond nimbly to community opportunities and needs, and lay the groundwork for strategic growth and development.

We are seeking to expand the capacity, expertise, and perspectives of our Board of Directors. We are particularly interest in bringing on members with expertise in finance, human resources, law, project management, event planning, social justice, and Sacramento communities/networks.

Our current board is a group of dedicated individuals with a passion for social justice, appreciation for good meeting snacks, and are generally fun to be around. Come join us!

$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 empower residents in our neighborhood development efforts.

And additional $25,000 to hire additional bookkeeping assistance would allow us to greatly expand our fiscal sponsorship program. This program supports incredible and efficient volunteer-led community organizations who would like to pursue their work with undivided attention. This means that they would like Alchemist CDC to serve as their administrative home, handling the requirements of maintaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status so they don't have to worry about that while pursuing their missing.

Funding to sustain ongoing programs and bring innovative program ideas to fruition.

~$7,000 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.

Long-term consistent volunteers are needed to help carry out all of our programs efficiently. We offer unpaid internship opportunities to help college students gain experience in food access programming, or lower commitment volunteer opportunities, including garden volunteer days and/or serving on our fundraising event planning committee.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Alchemist Community Development Corporation

Tax id (EIN)

20-1891448

Mission Category

Community Improvement

Operating Budget

$250,001-$500,000

Organization Need

Board Members, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Volunteers

Address

4625 44th St. Ste. 33
Sacramento, CA 95820

Phone

916-204-8260

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