April Doner
I'm an ABCD practitioner, storyteller / roving illustrator and coach / consultant based in Indianapolis, IN. I was drawn to community and knowing peoples' gifts from a very young age, but found the words that matched my passion in college in 2005 when my favorite Sociology professor handed me the "big green book" (McKnight & Kretzmann's original ABCD book.) I practice ABCD in my own neighborhood and most recently have been leading a national project coaching capturing learnings from museums and libraries who are engaging with their communities using an ABCD framework. I have a wonderful 3 year old daughter and also enjoy exploring how ABCD helps parents, children and families thrive through my own experiments in cultivating neighborly mutuality in my own life.

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ABCD Resources List

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By: April Doner
Posted in: Reflections and Ideas

Hi all,

I've put together this ABCD Resource list, in part to help myself keep track of all the great resources, videos, etc. that are explicitly on ABCD or on parallel / aligned practices and ideas.


Wanted to share with everyone -- and also invite you to send me anything you think should be included!


Fasoranti Damilola
12/02/23 09:34:58AM @fasoranti-damilola:
I did a TEDx - How to start with gifts not needs. What's strong, not what is wrong. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ectGS_90x3o&t=196s&pp=ygUSZGFtaWxvbGEgZmFzb3JhbnRp
Alan Blackshaw
09/13/23 05:08:49PM @alan-blackshaw:

Hi AprilĀ 

good initiative.

you may be interested in some of the short explainer videos I created a couple of years ago. These are on the following YouTube channel:



John Hamerlinck
08/31/23 02:25:49PM @john-hamerlinck:

Hi April. Here are a couple of books that may be of interest. The first is a book by Luther Snow, that shows an asset mapping process that he has done with countless church congregations. The second is a book that Julie Plaut and I did when we were at MN Campus Compact. It has case studies and other good information.

The Power of Asset Mapping: How Your Congregation Can Act on Its Gifts By Luther K. Snow

Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education By John Hamerlinck and Julie Plaut