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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Fall 2022 ABCDI Virtual Training Workshop

Fall 2022 ABCDI Virtual Training Workshop

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Tuesday September 27 2022, 5:00 PM CST
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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

  • This course will meet over six Tuesdays
  • Dates: September 27, October 4,11,18 & 25, November 1.
    Time: All times are 5 pm to 8 pm CST except for the week of October 4. During this week participants can choose sessions from the Unconference.

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?
  • The power of co-production
  • How might ABCD address income and race disparity?
  • 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 – April Doner, Michelle Dunscombe and Allison Lourash. 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!

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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.