Making government & politics more accountable & transparent


  • (Photo credit: Jen Gallardo/Flickr) Open Contracting: What Works for American Cities - (Photo credit: Jen Gallardo/Flickr) Through the What Works Cities Initiative, Sunlight Foundation is working with mid-sized cities to support the development of open-data reforms. Connecting a citywide commitment to open data to the challenges faced by city departments is essential to the success of this work. Few challenges present a greater opportunity than opening contracting Read The Full Story

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What We Do

Our Mission

The Sunlight Foundation is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. Our vision is to use technology to enable more complete, equitable and effective democratic participation. Our overarching goal is to achieve changes in the law to require real-time, online transparency for all government information, with a special focus on the political money flow and who tries to influence government and how government responds. And, our work focuses on the local, state, federal and international levels.

These efforts have produced real results. To date, we have served more than 4.2 billion API calls (and counting), indicating how much the data we liberate is needed. Our reporting is frequently cited by the world’s preeminent journalists. Our research has led to congressional hearings, and our tools have stripped problematic measures from bills. And we recently won a major victory when, at our urging, the federal government agreed to begin the process of releasing all datasets held by federal agencies.

As government grows ever-more complex, and as the flow of political money becomes more perverse, we will all need better and more creative tools to ensure that democracy thrives.