Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

The Brights Net

  • Sacramento, CA
  • http://www.the-brights.net

Mission Statement

The purpose of this organization is to sustain and support the Brights movement (see the movement's three aims at www.the-brights.net, and follow the major home page links to a synopsis, a set of nine principles, and educational videos explaining the movement).

In brief, the overall organizational endeavor is to inform and motivate growing numbers of persons who have a naturalistic worldview (free of supernatural/mystical elements), to more openly and constructively engage in activities that promote better public understanding and greater societal acceptance of the naturalistic worldview, and further civic involvement and participation by supernatural-free citizens. (Currently the naturalistic worldview is insufficiently expressed within most cultures.)

The ultimate aim is obtain collective recognition for the naturalistic worldview and to work toward greater social acceptance, civic equity, public participation, and influence for all persons whose outlook is free of supernatural and mystical elements.

Main Programs

  1. The Brights' Website
  2. Communications
  3. Identity & Activism
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

On the internet, worldwide (activities include hosting an international internet discussion forum, with communications primarily in English language)

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Dr. Mynga Futrell Ph.D.

Keywords

Self-reported

brights, naturalistic, worldview, civic, participation, pluralism, parity, civil, rights, equal, equality, nonreligion, nontheist, humanist, skeptic, rationalist, freethinker, atheist, agnostic

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Also Known As

Brights Net

EIN

56-2385064

 Number

3132506447

Physical Address

3001 J Street #202

Sacramento, CA 95816

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Accomplished in the past year (2009):

-- expanded constituency by over 6,000 constituents to 53,000

-- initiated/set up eight new Brights community clusters (BCCs)

-- increased visibility in social networks (e.g., over 5900 on Facebook)

added a third paid part-time employee and one new volunteer to help with ongoing responsibilities at "Brights Central" (the hub, BC)

Goals for next:

-- exceed 55,000 registered constituents

-- better align guidance and support from the hub to aims and principles of the Brights movement 

-- address misconceptions about the movement

-- add a full-time employee to central hub's staff to efficiently effectively service communications at "Brights Central"

-- upgrade technical functionality, and re-energize and re-direct the International Forum staff, to move toward goal-focused activism (over just ongoing discussion)

-- strengthen website content and hub communications regarding naturalistic basis of morality and sound science teaching
add promotional items available to spread awareness

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

The Brights' Website

The website upholds and enlarges an extensive website of educational resources, internet discussion center, and a database for expanding the international constituency of over 65,000 registered Brights in 185 nations. The website enables the central unification of programs and actions.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Communications

Supply on-going communications via monthly email bulletins and targeted action opportunity announcements.  Answer queries and facilitate the formation of new clusters of constituents able to communicate online or meet in person.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Identity & Activism

Provide explanatory information, consciousness-raising, and action opportunities for constituents.  Support related projects in identified action arenas.  Make available relevant merchandise and supportive advice to individuals and collaborative clusters.  Hold in-person gatherings and/or training of activists/leaders.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

On the internet, worldwide (activities include hosting an international internet discussion forum, with communications primarily in English language)

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Contributions;Grants

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Financials

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THE BRIGHT'S NET
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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The Brights Net

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Mynga Futrell Ph.D.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Brights' Net is a constituency of individuals across the globe, not a membership organization. As such, it maintains a lean communications and action hub in Sacramento ("Brights Central"). The hub is staffed by part-timers (project coordinator, bookkeeper, webmaster, and office assistant), and a cadre of volunteers in diverse locations, mostly USA."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mynga Futrell Ph.D.

No Affiliation

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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