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 9, 2023 in CAJM, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability

Turning outrage into action: The coalition of congregations working to dismantle racism in policing

By Holly Kirkpatrick, WBGO-FM 88.7 In the months after the racist massacre at Mother Emanuel AME, a group of churches, two mosques, and a synagogue were determined to offer more…
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April 25, 2023 in BUILD, Violence

B.U.I.L.D renews call for Lexington to introduce GVI program to curb gun violence

By Ricky Sayer, LEX18 LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The B.U.I.L.D. group repeated its call for Lexington to bring the Group Violence Intervention program to the city to help curb…
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April 25, 2023 in Affordable Housing, BUILD, Mental Health Care & Addiction, Public Transportation, Violence

Nehemiah Action calls officials to find solutions to Lexington issues

By Vasi Prokos, Fox 56 LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Over a thousand people attended Monday night’s Nehemiah action assembly hosted by the group B.U.I.L.D. “B.U.I.L.D.”, which stands for “Building…
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