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 Announcement

By Kim Hopes, 2023-08-22


New Publications added to the ABCD Institute website, Improving Health Equity through ABCD and Using Data to Tell Your Community's Story are ABCD workbooks co-authored by Darryl Answer and Ron Dwyer-Voss for Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH). These two publications are also now available in Spanish, Click here to access them.
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The ABCD Institute Faith Working Group is interested in capturing stories where faith communities or faith-based groups have mobilized their own resources and/or effectively leveraged resources to make something positive happen in community life.  We believe that faith communities are strong players in community life – we are looking for stories that reflect that fact.  We need your help.

A 2002 ABCD publication, Asset Based Strategies for Faith Communities (available for free via  download  on ABCD website) shared examples and some common aspects.  We want to  identify current, wider ranging stories for review and possible publication. We are looking for examples, and we will follow up on stories that hold potential because they reflect ABCD principles and values.  We are interested in faith stories from diverse faith traditions around the world.

If you have such a story, or if you have heard of a faith-focused story that we should follow up on, please let us know in a paragraph or two by telling us what happened, who did it and what were the results.  

Please send your stories or other information by December 1st to:  Kim Hopes (  Please provide full contact information (name, phone, email, location).

For further information, contact Mary Nelson ( (773) 551-3135.