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About Us

Welcome to the Sunshine Center!

We are the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. Our nonpartisan coalition unites organizations interested in ensuring and enhancing the public’s access to government records and meetings.

Inherent in our system of self-government is the idea that the People have the right to know what our government and government officials are doing and to hold them accountable for their actions.

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“If it had not been for the support of the coalition, I would probably still be in an email “discussion” for the delivery of electronic records. You gave me the support and knowledge I needed to obtain what every citizen had the right to obtain and what rightfully belongs to the people: public records.”
Lan Holtsclaw
“The N.C. Open Government Coalition has been an invaluable resource for the WBTV Investigates Team on several stories that have made an immediate impact on government accountability and transparency. Director Brooks Fuller is always available to provide his insight and knowledge on specific situations where the North Carolina Public Records Law can help shine a light on local and state government. A collaboration between the N.C. Open Government Coalition and WBTV resulted in the City of Charlotte releasing five sets of closed session minutes that had been kept secret, in some cases more than two years. Because of WBTV’s investigation, and the expertise of the N.C. Open Government Coalition, The City of Charlotte Clerk’s Office announced it was changing its procedures for reviewing closed session minutes and expediting their process for legal review. It cannot be overstated how important this change will be for reporters in the Charlotte area and for residents who want insight into how their taxpayer dollars are being allocated.”
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Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition

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Elon, NC 27244
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