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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Call for Papers for Themed Volume of Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement
Asset-based Community Development and Community-based Research: Compatible agents in equitable and sustainable change? 

Members of the ABCD Institute Higher Education Working Group are collaborating with the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and urbanCORE at UNC Charlotte on a themed volume of the Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement focused on ABCD practices. The journal will publish in December 2023.

UTS and UNC Charlotte are co-editors of the journal. Working Group participants Mark Chupp and Jennifer Hirsch are guest editors for this special edition. Our colleague Byron White, from UNC Charlotte, sits on the journal's editorial committee.

Please consider contributing! A special invitation is being extended to practitioners, leaders, activists and community members to submit short pieces using experimental approaches, such as first-person perspectives or group-based contributions, and various forms of media, including videos.

Authors interested in participating in this special issue must submit a short proposal (up to 500 words) by January 9, 2022.

For more information, timeline, and to submit  | Find Call for Papers pdf here

The journal and its editors want to support writers who would like to collaborate on the writing process. We have set up a simple Google Doc for those interesting in collaboration to find each other. Feel free to fill out for other potential collaborators to find you and you to find them.

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.