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

March 15, 2023 in Affordable Housing, GOAL, Mental Health Care & Addiction

Greenville interfaith group: Affordable housing, mental health are most pressing issues

By Royale Bonds, Greenville News Springfield Baptist Church was filled with over 329 people from various congregations on Thursday, March 9. When asked, "What's our goal?" and "What do we…
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March 10, 2023 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, STREAM

Manatee faith leaders demonstrate for change of Sheriff’s Office policies

By Melissa Perez-Carrillo, Sarasota Herald-Tribune Faith leaders from 15 congregations gathered on Thursday night at the Manatee County Sheriff's office and called for a meeting to discuss the need for…
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March 3, 2023 in Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability, STREAM

Manatee pastors are pushing for criminal justice reform. What does the sheriff think?

By Ryan Callihan, Bradenton Herald Local religious leaders renewed their push for criminal justice reform, but Manatee County Sheriff Rick Wells said he doesn’t believe the policy changes will have…
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