The Center for Innovation welcomes donations, grants, and other types of support for our programs and research. The Center cannot accept donations, grants, or other types of support that seek to limit or restrict our research or work. All financial supporters of the Center agree to give their funds as unrestricted gifts or restricted for particular areas of study, but with no right to review or control the results, direction, or publication of the research.*

The following list identifies all grants, contracts, and other sources of private or corporate funding for the Center received since Academic Year 2015-2016. No single person or corporate donor accounts for more than 25% of the Center’s budget. The majority of the Center’s funding comes from the University of California Hastings College of Law, charitable foundations, and court awards.

Donor Academic Year(s) Gift Amount
The Commonwealth Fund 2020-2021 $169,446
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation 2017-2021 $1,739,371 (two grants)
National Science Foundation 2017-2018 $387,324
Hackers/Founders 2016-2017 $50,000
The Honorable Al Knoll 2016-2017 $25,000
Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich, & Rosati 2017-2017 $6,000

Donors Who Have Made Contributions Under $5,000

  • Bakers Botts LLP
  • Bozevic, Field, & Francis LLP
  • The Chip Robertson Fund
  • 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.

Our work is made possible because of this funding, and we are deeply grateful to our supporters for their contributions. For any questions related to the Center’s funding or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Professor Robin Feldman at

*Beginning in 2016, coinciding with the publication of the Open Letter on Ethical Norms in Intellectual Property Scholarship in the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Center has followed the protocols outlined within the article to remain transparent about its funding.