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

    October 6, 2021 in BUILD, Violence

    Lexington faith leaders make plea: ‘The violence must stop’

    By Mike Valente, LEX 18 News LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Standing outside the Lexington Public Library Tuesday night, faith leaders from 'Building a United Interfaith Lexington through Direct-Action' (B.U.I.L.D.)…
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    September 28, 2021 in Affordable Housing, PEACE Polk County

    ‘A pretty lean operation’: Winter Haven passes $182.8 million budget, retains tax rate

    By Maya Lora, The Ledger WINTER HAVEN — The Winter Haven City Commission this week unanimously approved a $182.8 million budget for the fiscal year 2021-2022. The commission passed the budget on…
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    September 27, 2021 in Affordable Housing, BREAD

    $10 million not enough for Columbus’ affordable housing needs, advocates say

    By Mark Ferenchik, The Columbus Dispatch Columbus has committed $10.3 million from its $50 million bond package for affordable housing, but advocates say much more than even the total bond amount is…
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