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 Institute Training: An Introduction to ABCD - Chicago IL USA

ABCD Institute Training: An Introduction to ABCD - Chicago IL USA

Wednesday June 19 2019, 9:30 AM ACDT
@ DePaul University, Chicago IL USA

June 19-21, 2019

Join us for this dynamic 2.5 day 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. This training will include local site visits.

Who Should Attend

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

  • How do I get local people more involved in my organization’s work?
  • How does a community move toward a wider circle of people working together to realize goals? 
  • How do I make ABCD work in my neighborhood?

Though not a requirement, experience shows that the effectiveness of the training is greater when more than one person from the same organization attend together.


Day 1: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Day 2: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Day 3: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch provided days 1 and 2 as an inclusive part of the event while evenings are open for informal gatherings and sharing at the personal expense of participants. Lodging is the responsibility of each registrant.

Workshop Leaders

The course will be led by four experienced ABCD Faculty affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University – Jim Diers, Ivis Garcia, Michael Marcus and Sandra J. Mitchell.

The Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute John McKnight will also make a guest presentation.

Registration Fee

$695 US for the 2.5-day training event. An "early bird" discounted fee of $625 US is for those who register by April 30, 2019. 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.

Maximum Number of Registrants

50 participants on a first come, first served basis, therefore register early! Go to the ABCD Institute website or directly to our Eventbrite site to complete your registration.

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

For more information or to register