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

September 22, 2022 in Justice Matters

Justice Matters, Lyle Seger honored with Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Awards

By Chloe Anderson, The Lawrence Times The Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice and Ecumenical Campus Ministries selected nonprofit organization Justice Matters and Lyle Seger, of Building Peace, as the…
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September 10, 2022 in CAJM, Environmental Justice

A Charleston community hit hardest by flooding rallies, effects linger

By Ema Rose Schumer, Post and Courier   The sun shone brightly on Gadsden Creek and the surrounding area the morning of Sept. 10 as residents went about their weekend…
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August 30, 2022 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, PEACE Polk County

Faith community call for more for more diversion, fewer first-time offender arrests in Polk County

By Ken Suarez, FOX 13 Tampa Bay BARTOW, Fla. - Dozens of members of the Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (PEACE) held a vigil in Fort Blount Park in Bartow on Tuesday. They…
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