The Association for Human Advancement and Development

Bahá’í Social & Economic Development Initiatives


  • To promote the oneness of humanity through projects that recognize and reflect the practical and spiritual requirements of life

This mission arises from our understanding of the foundation documents which describe the Bahá'í approach to the development of peoples and nations.


The Association for Human Advancement and Development was created in 1995 under the sponsorship of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Portland and approved under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service code in May 1997 as a private non-profit corporation serving the communities of Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and Clark counties.

Basic approach

  • AHAD provides training in the principles and practice of Bahá’í social and economic development (SED), arising from the core SED documents, and which differs from ordinary development efforts in its emphasis on increasing the capacity of the community being served, or preferably enabling the community to identify its own needs and resolve its own challenges.
  • AHAD acts as an “SED incubator”, which is to say that it offers resources and insights to projects which are within the scope of its core mission, in order to assist those projects to attain to stability and full function.

Functions and strategies include:

  • Sponsorship of conferences workshops and seminars in the above mentioned areas
  • Publication of bulletins, magazines, newsletters, articles and topical papers which address these areas
  • Establishment of schools and day care centers
  • Creation of community-based social and economic development opportunities for neighborhoods and community residents
  • Other related activities including housing development, health, hospice care and human services

Board of Directors

Those serving on the current Board of Directors are:

  • Mr. Roger Nesbit
  • Dr. Michael Sears
  • Mr. Brian Delgado
  • Mr. Paul Blair

Submitting Proposals

The Board is continuously interested in identifying projects of potential interest to the community at large. Proposals for project funding or technical assistance should be submitted directly to AHAD Board of Directors via mail, E-mail or fax.

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