About Us

The North Carolina Open Government Coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public’s access to government activity, records and meetings. The nonpartisan coalition educates people about their rights to gain access to records and meetings that are considered public under North Carolina law. Through educational programming and public service, the coalition advocates for the principles and benefits of open government at all levels.

The coalition is governed by a board of directors made up of volunteers from higher education, libraries, public interest organizations, government, media and journalism. The North Carolina Open Government Coalition receives ongoing support from its membership, primarily small-dollar donors and partners in media and journalism. Membership is open to anyone who supports open, transparent and efficient government. Join us!

According to Elon Poll results, a majority of North Carolina residents are unaware of sunshine laws, making education a cornerstone of the NC Open Government Coalition’s mission. In 2010, the coalition established an educational arm housed at Elon University and generously supported by a matching grant from the Knight Foundation. Through the Sunshine Center, the coalition offers on-demand workshops, trainings, an open government hotline and other resources that better equip journalists and members of the public to advocate for their access to records, meetings and information held by public agencies in North Carolina.

If you want more information on the resources our coalition provides, contact us or call our hotline at (336) 278-5506. If you are a public servant in charge of fulfilling public records requests or organizing public meetings or a citizen seeking access to records or meetings, the NC Open Government Coalition is here to help.

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