Osher Endeavor Helps Seniors Remain Active and Engaged
Thanks to The Bernard Osher Foundation, older learners are enjoying a rich variety of programs at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Cal State Fullerton.
Founded in 1979 as Continuing Learning Experience, OLLI at Cal State Fullerton is a self-directed university support group of more than 825 retired and semi-retired individuals dedicated to the pursuit of lifelong learning. Programs consist of study groups, educational lectures, physical and social activities, special events, and travel opportunities developed and facilitated by members.
Through programs like OLLI, The Bernard Osher Foundation – a 30-year-old philanthropic organization – seeks to improve the quality of life through programs in higher education and the arts. In addition to supporting a growing national network of lifelong learning institutes located at 120 colleges and universities across the country, the foundation provides grants to selected institutions of higher education for postsecondary scholarships, with a current emphasis on meeting the needs of re-entry and community college students.
The university’s partnership with the Osher Foundation began in 2003 when it received $100,000 to support its lifelong learning program. The foundation recently awarded the university a $1 million endowment gift to provide permanent support for the program in recognition of its outstanding service to seasoned adults in Southern California. Initial plans for the use of funds from the gift include improving facilities and equipment, marketing and promoting the Osher Institute, and maintaining program affordability and access. Gifts from The Bernard Osher Foundation now total $1.4 million.