Asset-Based Approaches

Asset-based approaches involve facilitating people, neighborhoods, and communities to come together to achieve positive change using their own knowledge, skills, and lived experience of the issues they encounter in their own lives. Compare this to deficit-based approaches, which begin by focusing on a community's needs, deficiencies, and problems. 

The Foundation believes that long-term change in communities is most sustainable when its members actively participate in creating the solutions. Asset-based thinking is a powerful tool for mobilizing social change: it assumes that everyone is needed and that we all have something to offer our community.

To learn more about asset-based approaches:

The Power of Asset-based Approaches

John McKnight's Principles for Inclusion

An Introduction to Asset-Based Community Development

A Guide to Mobilizing Local Assets and Your Organization's Capacity


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