Dallas Area Interfaith (DAI) is a multi-ethnic, multi-issue group of diverse civic institutions in the Dallas metropolitan area. The purpose of DAI is to give ordinary citizens a structure through which they can negotiate effectively with the government and private institutions that affect their lives. DAI is the vehicle through which member institutions act in the interests of their families and local communities, helping these institutions become an effective force for promoting common values and democratic traditions.
Dallas Area Interfaith does this by:
- Conducting thousands of individual and small group meetings with leaders and members of member institutions.
- Training institutional representatives in how to understand and affect local and regional political processes.
- Developing a large leadership core from those representatives.
- Identifying issues of concern to all sectors of the community.
- Strengthening relationships within and between member institutions.
- Forging alliances across the lines of ethnicity, religion, educational background, economic success, and regional diversity to develop a broad-based vision for the Dallas area.
- Moving that vision into a multi-issue agenda of action for the organization.
DAI is supported by its member institutions. Each member is asked to commit 2% of its annual operating budget, capped at $20,000, to the support of DAI. In addition, each member identifies leaders willing to participate in the organizing process.
DAI is also supported financially by national and local businesses, foundations, individuals and other grantors who recognize the unique service DAI provides the Dallas area. DAI is registered in Texas as a not for profit corporation and has been designated by the US Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization for income tax purposes. DAI is entirely non-partisan, supports no party or candidate, and accepts no financial support from any level of government.