Success Stories

It's Sunshine Week's 10th anniversary, and we've made a lot of gains in open government thanks to your work.

Share your experiences and success stories with and we'll post some of them on the website.

Who’s Doing What

See events celebrating Sunshine Week around the country on the Events page.

March 3-27: Redacted: Transparency, Democracy and Nuclear Power; Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility

March 5: The Role of the Press in Transparent Governing; League of Women Voters Pasadena Area

March 11: Sunshine Week Proclamation; Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad

March 12: James Madison Freedom of Information Awards; Northern California Society of Professional Journalists Freedom of Information Committee

March 13: FOI Day; The Newseum Institute,, American Library Association

March 14: 2015 Sunshine Conference; FOI Oklahoma, Oklahoma City

March 14: FOIAFest 2015; Chicago Headline Club

March 14: Let the Sunshine In: Statewide Open Government Conference; Washington Coalition for Open Government

March 15-21: #SunshineMN; Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Newspaper Association

March 15-21: Sunshine Week Series; The Dominion Post, Morgantown, W.Va.

March 15-21: #ShareYourSunshine Photo Contest; New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, Albuquerque Journal

March 15: Sunshine Week Story Package; Florida Society of News Editors

March 15: Sunshine Week Rally; The Tennessean, Nashville

March 16-20: Radio Days; League of Women Voters of the Midland Area, Mich.

March 16-17: HHS Open DataFest II; Stewards for Change Institute and the California Health and Human Services Agency

March 16: Department of Justice Sunshine Week 2015 Celebration; U.S. Department of Justice

March 16: Sunshine Wheat for Sunshine Week; Madison Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, and Next Door Brewing

March 16: FOIA Faster; National Press Club

March 16: Delving into the FOIA; Association for Women in Communications, D.C. Chapter

March 16: Open House; Town of Carolina Shores, N.C.

March 16: Sunshine Day 2015; North Carolina Coalition for Open Government

March 16: Crafting your FOIA request: How to get the most useful information in the shortest time; Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

March 17: 2015 Sunshine Luncheon; First Amendment Foundation, Tallahasse, Fla.

March 17: D.C. Open Government Summit; D.C. Open Government Coalition, D.C. Pro Chapter of SPJ, National Press Club Freedom of the Press Committee

March 17: Webinar: Subsidy Tracker 3.0 Launch; Good Jobs First, Washington

March 17: The Best and Worst of WNC's Open Government; Carolina Public Press

March 17: Why do we need sun? What happens when it doesn’t shine?; New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County

March 18: Era of Transparency: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act, and Open Government; The Bureau of the Census (U.S. Census Bureau)

March 18: 2015 Summit on Data; CA Fwd, Sacramento

March 18: Public Records Day; Tracy K. Thom, Grotton Township, Ohio

March 18: Following the Money Report; U.S. Public Interest Research Group

March 18: Defenseless kids, powerless pets, dreadful demons: Investigative reporting that gets noticed; Ball State University Departments of Journalism and Telecommunications

March 18: Celebrating Sunshine Week 2015: Shining Light on U.S. Extractive Industries & U.S. Foreign Assistance; U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of the Interior, General Services Administration 18F, and General Assembly

March 18: Sunshine Week Panel Discussion; Georgetown University Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

March 18: Boston Sunshine Week Open Gov Meetup; MuckRock

March 19: Sunshine Week Happy Hour and FOILIES Awards; Sunlight Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, MuckRock

March 19: Let the Sun Shine: FOIA requests for journalists and researchers; National Security Archive and the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University

March 19: Open House; Iowa Public Information Board

March 19: Window, Wall and Sunshine Awards; San Diego Society of Professional Journalists

March 19: Open government workshop; Richmond County Daily Journal and N.C. Open Government Coalition

March 20: Full Disclosure: Essential Tools in the Pursuit of Public Information; Carolina Public Press

March 20: ACF grant applications: How to ask, what is disclosed; Administration for Children & Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

March 24: Digital Transparency in Government: What We Have and What We Need; Indiana Coalition for Open Government and the Indiana Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists

March 31: Searching Public Records Using; Collier County, Fla., Clerk’s Office

Participant Resources

Find free resources for Sunshine Week participants in the online Toolkit.

Now available: AP, ASNE, McClatchy and Gannett have produced a series of articles, commentary and infographics to mark the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week. Content is available here, embargoed for March 13.