How to attract donors

24 Oct 2014

"Paint the grandest vision for what your [public interest project] will become. The best thing you can do in a pitch meeting is paint a big vision of something that should seem audacious and even outlandish."

How to raise money -- lessons from Y-Combinator

22 Oct 2014


Marc Andreessen, Founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway, Founder of SV Angel, and Parker Conrad, Founder of Zenefits, take Q&A on the topic of How to Raise Money, in lecture 9 of How to Start a Startup. Many of these principles will apply to public interest entrepreneurs. Be prepared to answer a prospective donor's question: "What inspired to create this project." The answer should be a personal experience of yours. 

What is a public interest "project"?

17 Oct 2014

"Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."

Hong Kong's street cleaners

17 Oct 2014

Problem: Hong Kong's army of poorly paid street sweepers are being deprived of basic employment benefits by the government's policy of outsourcing its cleaning services. 

How to turn your blog into a public interest project

16 Oct 2014

Measurable objectives to promote change are the hallmarks of public interest projects. 

How to find the right job fit

15 Oct 2014

Match Your Personality to Your Project

When I was a public interest career counselor at the University of Michigan Law School I spoke to many students and lawyers who were unhappy with their jobs but felt stuck. One of the most frequent questions I got – from students and lawyers alike – was: “I really don’t know what I want to do. How do I find the right job?”

The secret to job satisfaction is simple: Find a job that will allow you to use your talents frequently and that will allow you to express your values to some degree.

The varieties of public interest experiences

13 Oct 2014

The 2014 class of Skadden Fellows brings to 705 the number of law school graduates the law firm has funded to work full-time for legal and advocacy organizations. 

Photo of the Week: Kashgar, China 2014

12 Oct 2014

Uyghurs wait at a bus stop on July 27, 2014 in old Kashgar, Xinjiang Uygher Autonomous Region, China.