NFOIC Members Protect Open Government

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NFOIC is a nonpartisan alliance of nonprofit, citizen-driven state FOI and First Amendment organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, journalistic societies and attorneys working together to protect your right to open government and create greater government transparency.

Our member coalitions fight government secrecy at the state and local level all over the country.

NFOIC grants help foster the creation and growth of state FOI coalitions and assist with projects furthering public access to government records and meetings.

Our goal is nothing short of ensuring everyone’s right to information, and helping public institutions meet their legal obligations in the most efficient manner possible. To do this, we:

  • Work to start up new, and support existing, citizen-driven Freedom of Information and First Amendment organizations.
  • Foster the open exchange of information through networking and an annual conference.
  • Counsel and educate appointed and elected public officials on their legal responsibilities around open government and transparency.
  • Offer a national, collective voice on freedom of Information issues.
  • Support member fundraising.
  • Explore critical issues, making recommendations for either state or national action.
  • Prepare educational reports or other publications.
  • Administer the Knight FOI Fund, which offers financial support to defray costs and expenses in open government court cases throughout the year.

National or regional FOI organizations, FOI committees of both state or national journalistic societies, and nonprofit state, regional or national organizations with an expressed concern for open and transparent government and freedom of information are invited to become associated with the coalition in an advisory and coordinating capacity.

Attorneys specializing in First Amendment issues and individual citizens with a concern about First Amendment issues are also invited to become associate members.

See a list of member coalitions and a breakdown of membership categories to figure out where best you belong.

Then, join us in our fight for government transparency.