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

    27 locally-led organizations

    The DART Network is comprised of 27 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

    February 20, 2021 in Economic Opportunity, Topeka JUMP

    Kansans protest Payday Loans interest

    By Sarah Motter, WIBW TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansans are banding together to protest the high interest of payday loans on Monday. Topeka JUMP says residents throughout Kansas have come…
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    February 19, 2021 in Affordable Housing, FAST

    Attacking the intractable affordable housing problem

    By Waveney Ann Moore, St. Petersburg Catalyst Downtown St. Petersburg, with its sparkling condominiums showcasing panoramic views and the promise of more high-end development, stands in stark contrast to the…
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    February 18, 2021 in Affordable Housing, FAST

    Affordable housing funds in Pinellas for mixed income projects? Advocates say it’s not solving the problem.

    By Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times In March 2018, activists from Faith and Action for Strength Together invited Pinellas County commissioners to their annual rally at Tropicana Field, where the…
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