Educational Institutions

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State

  • University Park, PA
  • www.olli.psu.edu

Mission Statement

OLLI at Penn State is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization whose mission is to provide mature adults with educational and social enrichment opportunities that accentuate the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.

Main Programs

  1. Appreciation and Interpretation of Early Music
  2. Residential Architecture in Historic Bellefonte
  3. Trip: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  4. Gettysburg Trip
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

State College, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2007

Self-reported

Sarah Benton

Keywords

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Older adult learning

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Also Known As

Olli at Penn State

EIN

23-2880225

 Number

3310674130

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Recreational, Pleasure, or Social Club (N50)

Unknown (Z99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Offered over 200 educational courses, trips and social activities for 900 active retirees; OLLI changes lives. It keeps seniors engaged, up-to-date and fulfills their lives. OLLI members plan all programs and volunteer their time on committees; in the office or in a leadership position. They also donate in various ways. These donations help the organization purchase learning enhancements (e.g., audio visual equipment; technology items).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Appreciation and Interpretation of Early Music

Music lovers will explore a body of somewhat unrecognized music written between the 12th and 17th centuries by the composers Josquin, Praetorius, Isaac, Perotin, and Dowland among others.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$300.00

Program 2

Residential Architecture in Historic Bellefonte

This walking tour through historic neighborhoods in Bellefonte will identify a variety of historic residential styles.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$300.00

Program 3

Trip: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a Special Exhibit which will only be shown in Philadelphia! Explore the theme of an earthly paradise, or Arcadia, in this exhibit, which features three masterpieces that will take visitors to the very foundation of modern art. Paul Gauguin's Where Do We Come From? What are We: Where are We Going? Paul Cezanne's The Large Bathers, and Henri Matisse's Bathers By a River and much more!

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

$3,500.00

Program 4

Gettysburg Trip

OLLI members learned about the Battle of Gettysburg with instructors Jim Dungan and Douglas Donovan as they walked Pickett's Charge, visiting High Water Mark and visiting the Museum and Visitors Center.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$4,240.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

State College, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

OLLI at Penn State has a great need for permanent classroom space, especially specialized classrooms such as a teaching kitchen and arts/movement studio. OLLI at Penn State relies heavily on churches and community buildings for use of classrooms. As our membership and thereby programming continue to grow so does our need for classrooms that we can schedule to meet our needs. An ad hoc committee is determining our classroom needs and how best to secure these classrooms, which could be through leasing an existing building or purchasing a building. Donations will be necessary to off-set the costs of leasing or purchasing classroom space so that OLLI at Penn State can continue to keep its fees affordable to retirees who are on a fixed income.

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OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE AT PENN STATE
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Sarah Benton

BIO

Masters Degree in Adult Education, Penn State University. Over 25 years of working experience in the field of adult education and program planning.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"OLLI at Penn State is a lifelong learning institute that
provides learning and social opportunities to retirees who want to remain
active, stimulated and engaged. OLLI is a great place for people to make
friends. It is open to all adults and is very welcoming. All instructors are
volunteers, typically retired faculty or teachers. OLLI allows them to continue
teaching without grades, tests or a set curriculum. Many instructors report
that OLLI has rejuvenated their love for teaching. OLLI changes people’s lives.
At a time when people often feel disconnected due to retirement or losing a spouse, OLLI provides them an opportunity to explore
their passions and learn for the pure joy of it, in a friendly and welcoming environment."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Deborah Klevans

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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