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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

August 10, 2023 in CAJM, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability

Police racial bias audit ‘on schedule’ after pause of third-party review

By Molly McBride, WCSC CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - City of Charleston officials said the Racial Bias Audit is still on schedule after a subcontractor asked for more money for the…
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July 21, 2023 in CAJM, Criminal Justice Reform & Police Accountability

Charleston Police collecting more data to reduce racial imbalances

By Molly McBride, WCSC CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department says it has made big changes in the way it collects data to help eliminate racial disparities in…
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May 18, 2023 in Affordable Housing, FAST

Faith leaders call on St. Pete mayor for 5,000 more affordable housing units by the end of his term

By Brittany Muller, WFLA Local faith leaders are calling on St. Petersburg Mayor Ken Welch to add more affordable housing units for low-income families. Faith and Action for Strength Together,…
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