NFL Hall of Fame Inductee, Cris Carter, is co-chair of CarterBrothers Charities, along with his brother John F. Carter, he shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization.
Together, Cris and John meet with grantees and partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving the lives of Victims of Domestic Violence, Hunger and Homelessness. They use many public appearances to advocate for the foundation’s issues.
In 2014, Cris made headlines by speaking out against Domestic Violence and participating in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) SPEECHLESS to highlight and bring attention to the long term impact of Domestic Violence on children. He also became a Mentor in President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program with the goal of having a national impact on changing the trajectory of at-risk minority youth.
While involved in all of the organization’s endeavors, Cris believes that empowering women to decide speak out against the perpetrators of violence in their home is a critical driver of his work at the foundation, since this decision can be the source of transformational improvements in the mental, physical and emotional health of children raised in these environments.
In 2000, Cris founded Carter Brothers in Atlanta, Georgia, with his brother John Carter, a former senior executive with Barton Malow Construction. Since its beginnings, CarterBrothers has achieved notable success by bringing innovation to the electronic security and electrical services industry through delivery of design, installation and maintenance services with an expertise in project management on a national level. Prior to entering the electronic security and electrical services industry, NFL Hall of Fame recipient Cris Carter enjoyed a stellar NFL career, most notably playing with the Minnesota Vikings. Cris’ drive for excellence and performance established him as one of the greatest wide receivers of all time. During his 16-year career, Cris appeared in eight consecutive Pro Bowls and became only one of four players in NFL history to catch 1,000 or more receptions. Cris was also applauded for his generous charitable works in the Twin Cities area by receiving the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award – the only league award that recognizes a player’s off-the-field community service as well as playing excellence.
As a dedicated and active philanthropist, Cris uses his resources and time to support many causes. Cris started his charitable works in Minnesota with youth organizations, inner-city schools and children’s hospitals and has since helped to establish a host of charitable organizations in the Atlanta metropolitan area
Cris attended Ohio State University where he studied communications. He is a member of the board of Builders on Dreams for Youths and an international ambassador for the Starlight Foundation. Formerly, Cris served as a board member for the Ronald McDonald House and mentored youth through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters organization.