Osher (OLLI)

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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at UCLA) provides a unique opportunity for individuals age 50 or over to engage in an extensive program of noncredit courses amongst a dynamic community of lifelong learners. Choose from formal lectures, discussion groups, creativity and movement courses, and special events.

Our engaging instructors come from distinguished UCLA faculty, insiders from the arts and entertainment industries, and other experts in a variety of professional fields. We also present non-academic events—such as museum tours, film screenings, speaker series, and more—exclusively for our OLLI at UCLA members.

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REMOTE COURSES:

At this time, most OLLI courses are being offered remotely using Zoom web-conference software. Courses can be accessed online using your personal computer (or tablet or smart phone) from any location. For help accessing Zoom, see our Zoom Guide.

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More than just courses, OLLI at UCLA is truly a community. Get involved by taking part in our multiple volunteer, leadership and giving opportunities below.

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OLLI at UCLA depends on private contributions from caring individuals like you to keep our program running and thriving. Your investment ensures that our high quality courses continue to enrich the lives of adults throughout Los Angeles. Your gift plays a critical role in helping OLLI at UCLA be financially sustainable so that we can serve a greater number of members.

As we prepare for the future, we rely on individual donations from members and non-members who believe in the transformative work of lifelong learning. You can help support the continuation and growth of the OLLI at UCLA program by making a tax-deductible donation of any size to our scholarship fund or support fund.

Michael Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund
Provides members who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to lifelong learning a free year of OLLI Plus Membership. A donation to this scholarship fund means that we can award a greater number of scholarships every quarter.

OLLI at UCLA Support Fund
The OLLI at UCLA support fund helps cover the cost of our self-supporting program. Membership dues and course fees only cover a percentage of program costs.  A donation to the OLLI support fund ensures that we can continue to provide excellence in programming, instruction, and service.

Make a contribution Online or by Mail

For questions on making a gift or for more information about donating to the OLLI program, please call the UCLA Extension Office of Development at (424) 365-2095 or gramirez@uclaextension.edu.

*If giving by check, please make it payable to the UCLA Foundation and designate which fund in the memo section.

All OLLI at UCLA members receive invitations to special events and volunteer opportunities by way of our monthly e-newsletter.

As a member of OLLI, you are also eligible to join the Friends of Extension volunteer program. These volunteers provide services to UCLA Extension such as checking in students for courses, being a virtual teacher's assistant for OLLI Zoom courses, and helping with any special events. For more information about the Friends of Extension, please contact Jan Woo at jwoo@unex.ucla.edu or call (310) 825-1024.

The UCLA Volunteer Center values providing service opportunities to all members of the UCLA community. View their database of volunteer opportunities here

To learn more about serving on a committee, please email osher@uclaextension.edu.

OLLI Advisory Board - Led by the OLLI Director, the Advisory Board is dedicated to supporting the mission and values of the OLLI program as outlined by the Osher Foundation. Advisory Board members meet throughout the year to provide feedback on strategic initiatives and to review scholarship applications. Appointment to the advisory board is by invitation only.

Curriculum Committee - Curriculum committee members support program development by identifying new potential instructors and topics, sharing highlights from OLLI courses, and promoting the OLLI program. To be eligible for the curriculum committee, you must have been an OLLI member for at least 2 years and complete an interview process.

Development Committee - Led by the Director of Development, the development committee assists with annual fundraising efforts. These include providing in class presentations about fundraising to fellow OLLI members in the spring time. To be eligible, you must be an active OLLI member and an annual OLLI donor (donation can be of any size). Learn more about the OLLI Development Committee.

OLLI at UCLA hosts several annual event each year. Events are scheduled as they are planned and include:

  • OLLI Holiday Luncheon (for members, instructors, and guests). This is the social event of the year at OLLI! Taking place in mid-December, the event includes a buffet lunch, entertainment, raffles, and a small gift. Registration is required ($5).
  • Instructor Appreciation Lunch (for OLLI Instructors). This special annual event held in Westwood Village each May allows us to thank our instructors for their continued service to the OLLI at UCLA program. 
  • Donor Appreciation Luncheon (for annual donors to OLLI $250+). This formal luncheon takes place at the UCLA Faculty Center in mid-late September and features a plated 3-course meal and special entertainment. Donors who contribute more than $250 per academic year qualify. Donations for the current fiscal year close on June 30.

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (referred to as “Osher” or “OLLI”) is dedicated to providing excellence in lifelong learning opportunities for people aged 50+. There are currently 123 OLLI institutes nationwide, all funded in part by an endowment from The Bernard Osher Foundation, which seeks to improve quality of life through support for higher education and the arts.

OLLI at UCLA is a self-sustaining, membership style program. Membership dues, course fees, and our endowment only cover a percentage of program costs. Annual fundraising efforts are essential to keeping the program sustainable and able to serve the 1,300+ members currently active in the Los Angeles area.

I have enjoyed choosing classes from a rich smorgasbord of stimulating subjects, taught by top-notch instructors, and forming satisfying new friendships with other enthusiastic members. I highly recommend Osher to all young-at-heart older adults who want to enrich their lifetime learning experience.

Marlene Zweig
OLLI member
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