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

    September 16, 2021 in RISC, Violence

    Richmond faith leaders call on mayor to implement new program to reduce gun violence

    By Caroline Coleburn, WTVR Richmond   RICHMOND, Va. -- A group of pastors said they have a solution to help reduce the violence in Richmond. RISC, which stands for Richmonders…
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    August 20, 2021 in Community IDs, PEACE Palm Beach

    Palm Beach County supports community ID program with $75,000 grant

    By Hannah Morse, Palm Beach Post Even without a full-throated endorsement from the sheriff, Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday narrowly approved a $75,000 grant to the Legal Aid Society of…
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    August 11, 2021 in Affordable Housing, PEACE Polk County

    Two Winter Haven affordable housing projects secure more than $1 million in funding

    By Maya Lora, The Ledger WINTER HAVEN — Two new affordable housing projects totaling more than 200 units could open in Winter Haven by 2024. On Monday, the Winter Haven…
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