Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern University

Rethink Learning


OLLI's Exciting Future
As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of OLLI at Northwestern, we are inviting you to give back by investing in OLLI's future as we continue our successful member fundraising program.

In 2016, more than 38% of OLLI members contributed to the fund. Our goal for 2017 is to surpass that participation rate.

Member Fund donations support the strategic priorities of OLLI at Northwestern. Through the Member Fund, OLLI can add new dimensions to our study groups and to the activities that enrich the entire membership.

The Impact of Your Support
Last year, member contributions brought you program improvements including 15 new microphones and 40 "listen" devices for the Chicago campus, and a new computer workstation, gallery fixtures, and a library for study group materials on the Evanston campus.

In the coming year your contributions will strengthen Northwestern's OLLI through:

  • Enhanced academic enrichment opportunities: scholarships, study group/coordinator resources, special programs and guest speakers, and a scholar-in-residence program
  • Acoustic improvements, hearing assistance devices, and sound transmission systems
  • Membership support and enhanced technology in the classrooms
  • Increased diversity and outreach activities

How to Donate to OLLI

Join Us Now!  By participating — at any level — you are demonstrating your commitment to and appreciation for OLLI, both for today and tomorrow. Your gift will support the academic  experience and build community, and help strengthen the OLLI program in the future.

All gifts are tax-deductible and can be given in honor or in memory of a loved one or OLLI member. Contributions are processed through the Northwestern Development Office and are restricted for OLLI's exclusive use.

For questions, contact Kirsty Montgomery, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
847-492-8068 or 312-503-5404


OLLI Development Committee 2017-2018

For questions, feel free to reach out to members of the Development Committee:

OLLI Members: Angela D'Aversa, Martha Bills, Jerry Bernstein, Joe Lane, Rae Jedel, Lloyd Morgan, Arlene Shafton, Michael Goodkind, Susan Gaud (chair, Evanston) Judy Widen, Stuart Applebaum, Carole Bass, Joe Hinkel, Evelyn Shaevel (chair, Chicago)

OLLI Staff: Lisa D'Angelo, Kirsty Montgomery, Maurita Gholston

Northwestern Admin: Elizabeth Lach, Director of SPS Development

Questions and Answers about Supporting OLLI

1. How can I give?

2. What will my gift support?

Your gift supports enhancement of the academic experience, the building of community, and the sustainability of OLLI programming into the future.

3. Does my gift go to Northwestern or OLLI?

Gifts support OLLI programs. All contributions are processed through Northwestern and deposited in a restricted fund for OLLI's exclusive use.

4. Why does my participation matter?

By participating - at any level - you are demonstrating your commitment to and appreciation of OLLI.

5. Does OLLI need the money?

Yes! Membership fees and the investment income from the endowment do not cover all of the program needs. 

6. Can I give in honor or in memory of someone?

Yes, gifts recognizing an individual or celebrating a special occasion are welcome.

7. Can I make a planned gift or estate gift to OLLI?

Yes! We welcome deferred and planned gifts, and the Northwestern team can assist in discussing your options. For more information and resources see the We Will Gift Planning website.

8. How will my contribution be recognized?

Your contribution will be recognized in an alphabetical list of OLLI donors unless you wish to remain anonymous. At OLLI, we support the emphasis on a peer culture in all things, including donations. Northwestern University recognizes donations of $1,000 and above for contributions made to any school or program.

9. Who can provide me with more information?

Kirsty Montgomery, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
847-492-8068 or 312-503-5404 kirsty.montgomery@northwestern.edu