The Ohio Coalition for Open Government is funded by contributions from The Ohio Newspapers Foundation and other outside sources. It’s board includes public trustees from organizations with an interest in freedom of information.

The demand on OCOG’s funds, particularly to support court cases on important transparency issues, keeps growing, with one legal battle easily costing $50,000 or more if it reaches the Ohio Supreme Court. That’s why we urge you to both become a member of OCOG and donate to the organization.

OCOG is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) corporation established by the Ohio Newspapers Foundation in June 1992, meaning all your donations are tax deductible.

  • To donate online to OCOG, go here.

Donations may also be mailed to OCOG care of the Ohio Newspapers Foundation, 1335 Dublin Road, Suite 216-B, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Using the form at the link above you can join OCOG as a member or make either a general donation or a donation to OCOG’s Hal Douthit Fund.

Hal Douthit Fund

douthit_halThe Hal Douthit Fund is named in memory of Harold K. “Hal” Douthit, OCOG’s founding president and the chair of Douthit Communications in Sandusky.  Hal passed away in October 2014. Your donations to the Hal Douthit Fund help underwrite the cost of litigation that OCOG enters to support open government in Ohio.