Asset-Based Community Development Institute

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Northwestern University. Accessed April 19, 2017.

Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD)’s home to the growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. ABCD staff supports, trains, and partners with community groups (including congregations) doing asset-based community development. Their website provides free, downloadable Institute Workbooks and training manuals with strategies for various aspects of community work. Examples include: Asset-Based Strategies for Faith Communities, and Community Transformation: Turning Threats into Opportunities. The website offers related publications that are free and downloadable. Examples include: A Basic Guide to ABCD Community Organizing, and Exemplary Materials for Designing a Community Building Initiative in a Neighborhood. The site includes stories of congregations who, working with asset-based tools, succeed in their efforts to revitalize neighborhoods. A link to Co-Founder John McKnight’s Blog can be accessed through the site. ABCD staff believe that their experience and research demonstrate the effectiveness of the asset-based approach. This website shimmers with enthusiasm and dedication to providing tools and information about asset-based practice.