Downloadable Resources

The following publications developed by the ABCD Institute, as well as individuals and groups within our network, are available for free download by clicking on the document title. (These papers are copyrighted. You have the authors' permission to download and reproduce them for distribution; however, please include the title page to assure proper attribution.)

Publications developed by the ABCD Institute and its faculty:


A Basic Guide to ABCD Community Organizing  by John McKnight (2013).

Asset-focused Leadership Part 1  by John Hammerlink

Asset-focused Leadership Part 2  by John Hammerlink

Asset Based Guidelines for Foundations 

Community Capacities and Community Necessities, address by John L. McKnight, at the “From Clients
     to Citizens Forum,” Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (2009).

The Four Components of Effective Collective Impact: Through the Lens of Asset-Based Community Development and Results-Based Accountability TM
by Dan Duncan, Results Leadership Group (2015)

On the Conduct of Forums: Community Invention by Stanley J. Hallett, PhD (1992).

Regenerating Community: The Recovery of a Space for Citizens by John L. McKnight, Distinguished Public Policy Lecture, Institute for Policy Research (2003).

Seven ABCD Principles for Institutions by Tom Mosgaller

What Is Asset Based Community Development? (ABCD) by the Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation


Asset Based Approaches to Rural Community Development by Tara O'Leary and the International Association
     for Community Development for Carnegie UK Trust (2007).
Asset Based Neighborhood Organizing: The Method of the Abundant Community Initiative in Edmonton, Canada
    by Kim Hopes, John McKnight and Howard Lawrence (2015).

Building the Bridge from Client to Citizen: A Community Toolbox for Welfare Reform by John P. Kretzmann and
     Michael B. Green (1998).

The Classic Duo: Accountability and Community Development Can Help Unlock an Abundance of Resources
     by Dan Duncan (2012).

Communities in Control: Developing Assets, Carnegie Foundation report on the first European ABCD Summit,
     by Cormac Russell (2009).

Discovering Community Power: A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization’s Capacity
     by John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight, with Sarah Dobrowolski and Deborah Puntenney (2005).

The Engaged Library: Chicago Stories of Community Building by John P. Kretzmann and Susan A. Rans (2005).

Exemplary Materials for Designing a Community Building Initiative in a Neighborhood
     by John L. McKnight (2011).

The Four–Legged Stool: The Unique Functions of Associations in Community Life  by John McKnight (2013).

The Future of Low-Income Neighborhoods and the Pople Who Reside There: A Capacity-Oriented Strategy for Neighborhood Development
     by John L. McKnight.

Getting Connected: How to Find Out about Groups and Organizations in Your Neighborhood
    Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research, Northwestern University and Department of Rehabilitation Services State of Illionis, (August 1988). Global  Development

Good Day, Neighbour! by Ann Sutherland (2014) Avenue Magazine, Edmonton Canada. The Abundant Community Initiative stresses that we should be building bridges, not putting up fences.

A Guide to Selecting Community Connectors  by Joe Erpenbeck (2015).

Identifying the Artistic Assets in a Neighborhood

Mapping Community Capacity by John L. McKnight and John P. Kretzmann (1990).

Neighborhood Necessities: Seven Functions That Only Effectively Organized Neighborhoods Can Provide 
by John McKnight (2013).

Neighborhood Planning by John L. McKnight (2011).

A Study of the Community Benefits Provided by Local Associations
by John McKnight (2013). Voluntary Associations in Low-Income Neighborhoods: An Unexplored Community Resource 
     by John P. Kretzmann, John L. McKnight and Nicol Turner (1996).


Building Mutually Beneficial Relationships Between Schools and Communities: The Role of a Connector
by Dacia Chrzanowski, Susan Rans and Raymond Thompson (2010).

Community-Based Development and Local Schools: A Promising Partnership by John P. Kretzmann (1992).

The Educating Neighborhood: How Neighbors Create "A Village That Raises Their Children"
by John L. McKnight (2016)

How Universities Can Make Their Assets Transparent to Neighborhood Groups: The Community Service Voucher Project
by Jim Pitts (1977)

Modern Mentoring by John L. McKnight (2013).

Organizing Neighbors to be Teachers by Julie Filapek (2015).

A Primer for a School’s Participation in the Development of Its Local Community by John L. McKnight (1988).

School Participation in Local Community Economic Development by John P. Kretzmann (1993).

University–Community Relationships: An ABCD Approach by Byron White (2012).


Asset-Based Community Development: A Theological Reflection by Al Barrett, Vicar of Hodge Hill Church in
     Birmingham (2013).

Death and Resurrection of an Urban Church
by Robert King, Faith & Leadership, Duke Divinity (2015).


Grassroots Activism and Community Health Improvement by Deborah Puntenney and Barbara Zappia (2010).
New Community Tools for Improving Child Health: A Pediatrician’s Guide to Local Associations by John L. McKnight and Carol A. Pandak (1999).

A New Formula for Child Health by Deborah Marois, Elizabeth Sterba, John P. Kretzmann and Richard Pan (2008).

A Twenty-First Century Map for Healthy Communities and Families by John L. McKnight (1997).


Community Building in Logan Square by Mary O'Connell (1990).

The Gift of Hospitality by Mary O'Connell (1988).

Hidden Treasures: Building Community Connections by Engaging the Gifts of People on Welfare, People with
Disabilities, People with Mental Illness, Older Adults, and Young People
by Susan A. Rans (2005). [Download PDF of toolbox only] 

How to Recognize That the "Deficits" of People Labeled Disabled Are Actually Assets 
by Judith Snow (1998)

Making a Case for an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Approach to Probation: From Reformation to Transformation
by Cormac Russell (2010).

Global Development

Agents Rather than Patients, address by Dr. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT (2003).

Agents Rather than Patients
by the Building and Social Housing Foundation (2003). This booklet on asset-based community development is based on a national consultation held at Windsor Castle in England. It is a comprehensive review of asset-based principles, theory and practice in the United Kingdom, but will be very useful to practitioners in other countries.

Reflections on the Catalytic Role of an Outsider in Asset-Based Community Development by Terry Bergdall

From Needs to Assets: Charting a Sustainable Path Towards Development in Sub-Saharan African Countries,
     Global Sustainable Development Conference, by Cormac Russell (2009).


These papers are copyrighted. You have the authors' permission to download and reproduce them for distribution; however, please include the title page to assure proper attribution.

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