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

ABCD Institute Training: An Introduction to ABCD

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 Final ABCD Virtual 2021 Training flyer.pdf

Tuesday August 17 2021, 10:00 AM CDT
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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:
August 17, August 24, September 7 and September 14, 2021

This course will meet over four Tuesdays with a break between the 3rd and 4th sessions.
All sessions will be held from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm CST (with a half hour lunch break)

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 can my organization more actively support the concerns and efforts of local people?
  • 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.

Workshop Leaders
The course will be led by three experienced ABCD Stewards affiliated with the ABCD Institute at DePaul University – Darryl Answer, Seva Gandhi and Brianne Peters.  The Co-Founder of the ABCD Institute, John McKnight, will also make a guest presentation. 

Registration Fees

Institution Based Practitioner - Large:  $800
Employees of organizations with budgets over $1 million

Institution Based Practitioner - Small: $600
Employees of organizations with budgets under $1 million

Community Based Practitioner: $450
Individuals who are not funded by an institution

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!

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Maximum Number of Registrants 25 participants on a first come, first served basis - register early!
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.