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Has your OLLI had a successful direct appeal or annual appeal campaign?

Posted on January 28th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Cathie Sanders, OLLI at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Asks OLLI:

Our OLLI is planning a direct appeal campaign, and we would like to know what has been successful at other OLLIs. Would you be willing to share any direct appeal or annual appeal letters you have sent to your members?

Also, what was your approximate rate of return?

Please email documents to Kyle Allen (kallen@usm.maine.edu). Kyle will forward them to Cathie and, with your permission, arrange for them to be uploaded to the national website.

How does your OLLI handle requests for refunds?

Posted on January 26th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Brian Fitzek, OLLI at Johns Hopkins University, Asks OLLI:

In general, how does your OLLI handle requests for refunds? And, specifically, how does your OLLI handle requests for refunds in the case of illness or death of the member?

Do you have a written policy or specific language clarifying the role of your advisory board and committee volunteers vis-à-vis the director’s role?

Posted on January 25th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Karel L. Dutton, OLLI at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Asks OLLI:

Do you have a written policy or specific language clarifying the role of your advisory board and committee volunteers vis-à-vis the director’s role? I am looking for language that clarifies that the institute director has the final say regarding financial and programmatic decisions.

Please send any relevant documents that might be helpful to Kyle Allen (kallen@usm.maine.edu). Kyle will forward them to Karel and arrange for them to be uploaded to the national website.