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The Bernard Osher Foundation

The Bernard Osher Foundation

The Bernard Osher Foundation, headquartered in San Francisco, was founded in 1977 by respected businessman, philanthropist and community leader Bernard Osher (pictured above with Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson, Barbro Osher). The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through innovative funding in higher education and the arts.

The Foundation supports a national lifelong learning network of programs designed for adults “50 and better;” Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes operate on 125 college and university campuses in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Institutions of higher education across the United States receive grants to support scholarships with special attention to reentry students. In addition, the Foundation funds integrative medicine centers at the University of California, San Francisco; Harvard Medical School with a clinical program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston; the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm in Mrs. Osher’s native Sweden; Northwestern University in Chicago; University of Miami; University of Washington; and Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Finally, an array of performing arts organizations, museums, and educational programs in Northern California and in Mr. Osher’s native state of Maine receive Foundation grants.

The Osher Institute Legacy of Bernard Osher