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.

We invite you to learn about the institute and its work in the university and community context. We hope you will join us in building strong communities. As of January 2017 the Institute is partnered with and housed at DePaul University’s Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning & Community Service Studies located in Chicago, Illinois. 

ABCD Institute Makes DePaul University Home By Dan Baron  /  April 8, 2018

In late 2016, DePaul welcomed the ABCD Institute to the Steans Center as its new home. Founded at Northwestern University more than two decades ago, the Institute has made a global impact on community development and organizing  through its emphasis on how communities use their assets to define who and what they are and how they shape their future. DePaul now directly benefits from  decades of wisdom developed through research, engagement, and scholarship in communities employing ABCD throughout the world. Read more