Awards

James Madison Award
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas presents the James Madison Award each year to journalists, politicians, academics, attorneys or vigilant citizens for outstanding achievements or distinction in the areas of open government, freedom of information and other related First Amendment issues.

John Henry Faulk Award for Civic Virtue
The Freedom of Information Foundation established the John Henry Faulk Award for Civic Virtue to honor Texans who represent the best traditions of community service and enlightened philanthropy while showing their dedication to open government and the First Amendment. The award was named for the legendary Texas humorist and broadcaster who until his death studied and fought for freedoms provided by the First Amendment.

Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award
Sponsored by the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas and the Texas Press Association and named after FOIFT’s former executive director, the award recognizes journalists and news organizations for outstanding efforts that uphold First Amendment principles, increase public access to government and improve awareness of state open government statutes.

Open Government Lawmaker of the Year Award
In 2013, the Freedom of Information Foundation launched the inaugural Open Government Lawmaker of the Year Award to be given in legislative years and at other appropriate times. The first recipient was Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, for his support throughout the 83rd Legislature of open government and free speech.