Alongside professors at several leading law schools, Institute Director Robin Feldman has pledged for the Institute's funding to conform to the highest ethical standards, including:

1. Institutional Disclosure - All sources of private funding for the Institute must be publicly reported, indicating which sources contribute substantial portions of the Institute's operating budget.

2. Dispersed Institutional Funding - Believing as an aspirational matter that it would be preferable that no institute received a substantial share of its funding from a single source or from a multiplicity of sources whose preferences align on any significant issue of law or policy, no single private or corporate donor accounts for more than 10% of the Institute's budget.

As per the pledge, the following represents the breakdown of the Institute's recent funding:

Donor Gift Amount 
National Science Foundation $387,324
Hackers/Founders $50,000
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati $6,000


Donors Who Have Made Contributions Under $5,000
Baker Botts LLP
Bozevic, Field & Francis LLP
Chip Robertson (Vice Chair of Board of Directors for UC Hastings)
Cooley LLP
Frank Busch (Kerr & Wagstaffe LLP)
Glen Van Ligten (Gunderson Dettmer LLP)
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Vern Norviel (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)

Note: All other funding comes from UC Hastings and court awards.