April Doner is a connector and artist whose greatest joy is exploring neighborhoods to discover, connect & celebrate the capacities & productive activities of residents. While she was drawn to community, social justice and economy-building from an early age, April's formal practice of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) began in 2006 at Sarasota-based nonprofit SCOPE. Here, she spent four years applying models of change including ABCD and A Small Group within neighborhoods across Sarasota County. Her work there with SCOPE’s Neighborhood Initiative was highlighted in John McKnight & Peter Block’s book, The Abundant Community. April has since deepened her practice of asset-based organizing through the development of Uprise Art Collective, as a connector-neighbor in Sarasota, FL, Grant, FL, and Indianapolis, IN in Clifton street neighborhood and with neighbors, staff and congregants associated with Broadway United Methodist Church. Currently, April is the Lead Consultant / Project Director of the ABCD technical assistance / developmental evaluation for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Community Catalyst Initiative. She also consults, practices, and conducts trainings in ABCD.