We build people power to do justice

    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

    28 locally-led organizations

    The DART Network is comprised of 28 affiliated congregation-based community organizations throughout nine states:

    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Indiana
    • Kansas
    • Kentucky

    • Ohio
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Virginia


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    Our Latest News

    July 19, 2021 in RISC, Violence

    ‘Epidemic’ of gun violence prompts call for Virginia to use federal dollars to curb shootings

    By Graham Moomaw For years, Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone has been trying to gather data on how firearms flow from gun-store shelves to crime scenes in his city’s high-poverty…
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    July 16, 2021 in Economic Opportunity, Minority Rights, PEACE Palm Beach

    Millions in ‘Biden bucks’ OK’d to balance PBC budget. What about $75K for community IDs?

    By Hannah Morse, Palm Beach Post Weeks after admonishing the Palm Beach County administrator for proposing to use $62 million in American Rescue Plan dollars to balance the budget, county…
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    July 15, 2021 in Affordable Housing, FAITH

    Volusia initiates steps toward affordable housing

    By Paul Nutcher, Hometown News Pastor Ben Collins had an unexpected phone call recently. A Volusia County landlord asked his church for money for a mother, who was months behind…
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