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About OLLI

Sponsored by Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a member-driven organization that brings diverse educational and social opportunities to active older adult learners dedicated to the growth and leadership of an organization driven by and for its members.

Offering short-term educational experiences, leadership and volunteer opportunities for adults 50 and older, OLLI seeks to foster intellectual stimulation, new interests and personal development through academic pursuits, and to provide a community in which to gather.

OLLI at the University of Nevada, Reno is one of 120 Osher institutes established since 2001 at such colleges and universities as University of California Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, Brandeis, Duke, Northwestern, Rutgers, Tufts and Arizona State University.

OLLI Board of Directors

Lynne Gray

Vice President
Richard Siegel

Naomi Silvergleid


Past President
Ralph Jaeck

Alice Yucht

Judy Cole

Diane Ronsheimer

Warren Ronsheimer

Greg Evangelatos

Phyllis Clark

Connie Douglas

Karen Penner Johnson
Pat LeVezu

Julia Berg

OLLI Staff

Executive Director
Carol Parkhurst

Administrative Assistant
Kendell Crosier
Kari Gannon

Osher Foundation

Based in San Francisco, the Bernard Osher Foundation was founded in 1977 by Bernard Osher, a respected businessman and community leader. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts. The Foundation provides post-secondary scholarship funding to colleges and universities across the nation, benefits programs in integrative medicine and supports a national lifelong learning network for seasoned adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of 120 institutions of higher education, also have a National Resource Center.

Osher Foundation Award

The Bernard Osher Foundation awarded OLLI at the University of Nevada, Reno a second $1 million endowment. Mary Bitterman, president of The Bernard Osher Foundation, said that this second endowment was awarded “in recognition of both the ongoing excellence of the Institute’s programming and the unstinting commitment of its members.” It is thanks in great part to the generous support of the foundation — which awarded OLLI the first $1 million endowment gift in 2010 — that our OLLI has grown and thrived in recent years, and moved toward becoming a self-sustaining program. An essential element of earning support from The Bernard Osher Foundation is OLLI’s demonstrated ability to raise funds in order to ensure lifelong learning opportunities are available to generations to come.

Both endowment gifts have been invested in the University of Nevada, Reno Foundation endowment. OLLI does not have $2,000,000 to spend. Rather, the income from this investment is disbursed for OLLI to use each July. The first $1 million endowment has generated approximately $50,000 each year. The second $1 million generates approximately the same amount. These funds have allowed us to make many improvements necessary to grow our membership and develop our programs, but to become sustainable we need your added support. Fundraising will help ensure OLLI can continue to grow and improve as a self-sustaining program directed, developed and supported by and for its members.


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Giving to OLLI

You can help OLLI make a difference.

OLLI needs the support of our members to succeed. Your dedication and the generosity have helped make our OLLI what it is today. If you can, please consider helping us continue to grow and succeed as a member-directed organization with a gift in support of our long-term sustainability so that we can enrich lives for years to come. Thank you for all you do for OLLI.

To make a gift to OLLI, please complete and submit the OLLI Giving donation form (PDF), or visit the University Foundation OLLI Donation Page.

• Learn more about the Friends of OLLI semi-annual fundraising campaign here.

• Learn about OLLI Legacy Planned Giving here.

• Learn more about giving to Lifescapes here.

• Learn more about the OLLI Scholarship Fund here.