Democratic Socialists of America Fund (DSA Fund) endeavors to demonstrate how an awareness of social democratic and democratic socialist values and policies would strengthen the quality of policy debates in the U.S. The Fund also works to introduce young activists to the history and traditions of democratic socialism. Since Michael Harrington authored The Other America, the book credited with sparking the War on Poverty, the issues of poverty and income inequality have been one focus of the Fund’s educational and activist training. Harrington and associates in the labor, civil rights, feminist and peace communities organized the Institute for Democratic Socialism (IDS) as an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization in 1978. In 1996, IDS changed its name to the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Fund, Inc. Democratic Socialists of America Fund (DSA Fund) remains a qualified 501(c)(3) organization.
DSA Fund often works with Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), a 501(c)(4), and its youth section, Young Democratic Socialists (YDS). At 7000 members, DSA is the largest socialist organization in the United States; it is the U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. DSA has 28 active chapters in twenty states. YDS has chapters in fifteen states, mostly at community colleges, state colleges, and public universities.