Q&A: Are nonprofit contracts public records?


From the Pilot News (Plymouth):

Q: If a nonprofit organization signs a contract with a city – or in this case is negotiating a contract renewal – are the organization’s minutes public record?

The Blueberry Festival confirmed it is in negotiations but won’t tell us anything else. The contract was presented at their last meeting.

A: Contracting with the city doesn’t make the nonprofit subject to state public access laws. So its minutes are not public record. You’ll have to get the documents from the city.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.