By Alyson Murphy, CFJC Intern
With no previous experience in fundraising—the term “grant proposal” was not familiar to me three months ago— I was excited to try something new and gain some experience in the non-profit sector as a fundraising and development intern at CFJC this summer.
I was drawn to CFJC because it paired two interests of mine: food and justice. Attending Fordham University in a primarily low-income, minority neighborhood of the Bronx, I had observed justice issues related to the scarcity of healthy food, so I was excited to learn about the grassroots-level work CFJC used to promote change in the food system.
As I researched, blogged, and crafted proposals this summer, I definitely got a taste of the non-profit world. I learned a lot about the complex food system and transformed my interest in food justice into a passion.
Despite funding difficulties among all California non-profits due to state budget issues, CFJC has progressed so much in just the past three months with a switch in fiscal sponsorship and a host of new interns. Prior jobs never allowed me to feel as involved and valued as I do at CFJC, and it has been an honor to be a part of this transition. Although I will still be contributing remotely from school this fall, I will miss all the fun, animated, dedicated people here in our Oakland office, and I wish them the best of luck!