We build people power to do justice

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What we do

We believe communities ought to determine their own futures

We bring this belief to life by training community leaders and professional organizers to build power and take direct action on problems facing their communities. We:

Listen Deeply

to their community for what they are struggling with and what their vision is for the future.

Research Effectively

to better understand problems that members of the community face, and to determine what might be done to solve those problems.

Organize & Take Direct Action

so that those who hold the power of decision making are held accountable to putting people first and solving the problems that their community faces.

Our impact

Our collective impact

Since 1982, DART has trained over 10,000 community leaders and 270 professional community organizers, who together have greatly impacted their communities.

Public Education

Fair suspension policies and better reading instruction in public schools.


Expanded access to healthcare in several major metropolitan cities.

Criminal Justice

Proven approaches to combat over-policing and reduce unnecessary arrests.


Multi-million dollar investments in affordable housing.


Multi-million dollar expansions of public transportation.


Investment in jobs training and opportunities.

Where we work

31 locally-led organizations

The DART Network is comprised of 31 affiliated congregation-based community organizations throughout ten states:

• Florida
• Georgia
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Kentucky

• Nebraska
• Ohio
• South Carolina
• Tennessee
• Virginia


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Our Latest News

May 28, 2024 in Homeless Services, Topeka JUMP

Why some residents are optimistic about Topeka homelessness plan under consideration

By Stacey Saldanha-Olson and Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital-Journal Topeka's city government has a long history of commissioning consultant reports that end up gathering dust on shelves. That must not happen…
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May 23, 2024 in RISC, Violence

Richmond leaders consider gun violence program at meeting

By George Copeland Jr., Richmond Free Press Potential solutions for gun violence in Richmond were shared with hopeful and current city leadership Monday evening during a roundtable at Third Street…
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May 23, 2024 in CLOUT, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability

Louisville spent big on a plan to boost trust in police. Much of it was never implemented

By Josh Wood, Louisville Courier Journal It was a plan to build trust between the community and Louisville Metro Police following the 2020 killing of Breonna Taylor. Titled the "Truth…
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