Invest in OLLI's Future

What is the OLLI Member Fund?
Like other Osher Institutes nationwide, our OLLI is supported in part by an endowment from the Osher Foundation and member fees. However, these revenue sources do not cover the costs needed for our OLLI to grow and thrive, and fundraising is an expectation of all OLLIs. Five years ago, the OLLI Member Fund was created to build a culture of philanthropy among our members. The OLLI Member Fund has grown since then, with a very positive response from our member community.

The Impact of Your Support
The Member Fund is used for strategic priorities. This year's focus is:


How to Give

If you would like to make your gift online, click the purple 'GIVE NOW' button below. 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.

If you have questions about the OLLI Member Fund or would like more information about making a gift, please contact the OLLI office at



OLLI Development Committee 2021-22

For questions, feel free to reach out to the chairs of the Development Committee, the OLLI staff, or the Director of SPS Development:

Chair: Gloria Gleave

Vice Chair: Bill Lipsman

OLLI Staff: Kari Fagin, Lisa D'Angelo


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?

Kari Fagin Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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