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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

February 26, 2024 in ICARE, Violence

Jacksonville religious leaders hosting community discussion about reducing violent crime

ByTristan Hardy, First Coast News A coalition of Jacksonville religious leaders want to have a community discussion about violence in the city. The group known as 'ICARE' (Interfaith Coalition for…
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February 26, 2024 in ICARE, Violence

Nearly all of Jacksonville’s murders last year involved gun violence. Local group wants community to find solutions

By Brianna Andrews and Ariel Schiller, News4Jax As Jacksonville police investigated four weekend shootings, including one that was deadly, a local group marked a new push to address gun violence…
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February 26, 2024 in ICARE, Violence

‘I’ve had their blood on my hands:’ Faith, community leaders address gun violence in Jacksonville

By Annette Gutierrez, Action News Jax Gun violence has rocked the City of Jacksonville. On Monday night, faith leaders called on city and community leaders to address the problem. These…
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