Asset-Based Community Development 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.

The ABCD Institute was founded at Northwestern University, and hosted at the Center for Civic Engagement from 2013 through 2016. The Center was proud to support this important community development work. The ABCD Institute is now based at Depaul University.

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