Hi. I'm Chris, and I started Brightest because I was frustrated. Maybe you are too. I know when I looked at my community, my country, the world, I saw all these problems happening around me - inequality, climate change, gun violence, attacks on people's freedoms, children and families needing better health and care...
I wanted to do something about it - but I didn't know where to start. I didn't have money, or the connections, or a plan to help solve them. I was just a regular person who believed things could be better.
I started asking friends, family-members, even strangers:
"How do you find important causes you want to contribute to? How do you connect with the people already working on them? And what's the best way to give back and feel more a part of the community where you live?"
I got lots of different answers, but nothing that felt like the full solution. And a lot of people said they felt the same way I did. I realized I wasn't the only one who felt disconnected from their own neighborhood, or disappointed with how much stands between you and those in need of help when you want to donate your time, a skill, a passion, or something more than just money. So I created Brightest for you, me and everyone else out there who wants to find ways to roll up their sleeves and go out into the world and make it a little better.
Since then, we've stood alongside movements like March For Our Lives, SwingLeft, Families Belong Together, the people of Puerto Rico, and #RiseforClimate - and will continue to stand alongside any person, group, or movement that challenges what's broken in the world and sees a path to a better, brighter future.
There's still a lot to be done to make Brightest the type of platform for change it can be, but I'm already immensely grateful if you'd like to use it, share your feedback, or join and support our movement any other way.
After all, this is just the start of Brightest - it's up to you to decide where it goes next.