ABCD Institute

The Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

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ABCD Winter Institute Training: An Introduction To ABCD

ABCD Winter Institute Training: An Introduction To ABCD

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 ABCD Virtual JanFeb 2022 Training flyer.pdf

Saturday January 29 2022, 10:00 AM CST
@ Zoom


A dynamic 18-hour workshop introducing the core principles and applications of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local communities. Presentations and discussions will occur in light of current conversations about equity and social justice and will enable participants to think deeper about responses to these challenges.

When and Where

  • January 29, February 5, 12 and 19
    This course will meet over four Saturdays. All sessions will be held from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Central Time (with a half hour lunch break)
  • An online event: This will be a virtual training via Zoom.

Who Should Attend

People who seek an introduction to or refresher of ABCD in the context of communities of identity and place and want to know:

  • How does a community move toward a wider circle of people working together to realize goals?
  • How can my organization more actively support the concerns and efforts of local people?
  • How do I make ABCD work in my neighborhood?
  • How might ABCD address income and race disparity?
  • What are the ingredients in a community that can bring people together?
  • What does it take to create a healthy community?

Workshop Leaders

The course will be led by three experienced ABCD Stewards affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University – Ivis Garcia, Robert Francis and Rev. John Unger. The Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute, John McKnight, will also make a guest presentation.

Registration Fees

  • Institution Based Practitioner (organizations with budgets over 1 million dollars): $800
  • Institution Based Practitioner (organizations with budgets under 1 million dollars): $600
  • Community Based Practitioner (individuals): $450

A limited number of partial scholarships are available and will be reviewed through an application process. Contact Kim Hopes,, for more information about scholarship applications. Please do not let finances stop you, if you want to be here - we want to have you!

Click here to visit our Eventbrite site and register. 

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact Kim Hopes at 773-325-8344 or Two weeks advance notice will allow for appropriate planning.