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Follow up: Does your OLLI promote legacy giving as part of your fundraising plan?

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Lisa Barton, OLLI at the University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:

Following up on an Ask OLLI question that was posted last fall (http://usm.maine.edu/olli/national/askolli/?p=213), has your OLLI successfully promoted legacy giving? If so, I would like to learn more about how other OLLIs have done this.

Has your OLLI created a promotional video?

Posted on March 13th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson, OLLI at University of Michigan, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI created a promotional video? For example, a 2-5 minute video highlighting your OLLI’s offerings, volunteer opportunities, and experiences of members. If so, is it possible to view your video?

What is your OLLI doing to attract Baby Boomers?

Posted on March 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

The National Resource Center Asks OLLI:

What are you doing to attract Baby Boomers to OLLI?

Does your OLLI promote legacy giving as part of your fundraising plan?

Posted on September 21st, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Does your OLLI promote legacy giving as part of your fundraising plan? If so, do you have a legacy brochure or other materials you use to promote this manner of giving that you are willing to share?  If so, please email them as attachments to kallen@usm.maine.edu.

Does your OLLI have a mission statement?

Posted on July 15th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Andrea Sisino, OLLI at University of South Carolina, Beaufort, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have a mission statement? If so, would you post it on Ask OLLI in  reply to this post?

What measures have you introduced for increasing diversity in your OLLI’s membership?

Posted on June 17th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Dee Aguilar, OLLI at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Asks OLLI:

Following up on an Ask OLLI question posted in February (http://usm.maine.edu/olli/national/askolli/?p=192), I would like to know if your OLLI has introduced measures for increasing diversity in your membership.  I am interested in knowing about ideas for increasing diversity in each of the following areas: age, education, ethnicity, geographic location.

Have you developed a photo and/or video section of your OLLI’s website that includes candid images of OLLI members and speakers?

Posted on March 15th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeff Kaiser,  OLLI at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Asks OLLI:

Have you developed a photo and/or video section of your OLLI’s website that includes candid images of OLLI members and speakers? I would like to see how others are formatting their sites by visiting them; if your OLLI has such a site, please post a link in the comments section for this question. The OLLI at UNLV just started a photo/video site, and we believe we can always make it better. This is our temporary site containing candid images from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas OLLI: http://www.stylexonline.com/olli

Also, how do you manage permission to use photos or videos of members and speakers online?  Do you have a release form you are willing to share? If so, please email it to kallen@usm.maine.edu for posting on the OLLI national website.

Do you use a tagline or slogan in your OLLI’s marketing materials?

Posted on March 11th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Do you use a tagline or slogan in your OLLI’s marketing materials?

Jennifer Patino, OLLI at Cal State University, Bakersfield, Asks OLLI:

Do you use a tagline or slogan in your OLLI’s marketing materials? We currently use “OLLI has something for everyone,” or “Education to fit your life,” and would like to know what other OLLIs are using.

Does your OLLI publish a newsletter?

Posted on March 4th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Dee Aguilar, OLLI at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI publish a newsletter? The OLLI at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has an eight-page tabloid newsletter produced by members volunteering as editor and writers. This is a stellar publication, and members enjoy receiving it. You can see the last edition at http://cehs15.unl.edu/cms/uploads/1-327-Winter2010Insider.pdf. We would like to hear from other OLLIs about their newsletters:

1. What is the purpose of your newsletter?

2. How often is your newsletter published?

3. Who has the responsibility for the production of the newsletter (i.e. staff and/or members)?

4. What is the focus of the newsletter?

5. Is your newsletter and schedule a combined publication?

6. Who compromises the staff of the newsletter?

7. What are the steps to producing your newsletter?

Does your OLLI offer a Grandparents University?

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jo Brownlie, OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer a Grandparents University? The OLLI  at SVSU will offer its first Grandparents University in June. This will be a two-day, overnight “camp” with classes and other fun activities. It’s geared for 8-12-year-olds which is typical of similar programs throughout the country. Does any other OLLI offer a GPU? How successful is it? Do you have a brochure about it, and if so, is it available on your OLLI’s website?  If not, and you do have a brochure, would you email a pdf of it to Kyle Allen (kallen@usm.maine.edu)? Kyle will forward the brochure to Jo and, with your permission, arrange for it to be posted on the national website.

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