The Ask OLLI blog is a resource for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute administrators to facilitate discussion on a variety of topics related to the creation and management of OLLI institutes nationwide.

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Do you have an OLLI survey that you have used to build your case for fundraising, etc.?

Posted on June 12th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Ann Nikolai, OLLI at CSU Chico, Asks OLLI: Do you have an OLLI survey that you have used to build your case for fundraising, etc.?

We plan to survey our membership at CSU Chico to answer the question: “What does OLLI mean to you?” While there will be other data we also want to collect, we’re ultimately wanting to build themes, etc. for our case statement and we want to really dig down into the meaning of OLLI for our membership.

Do you have an OLLI survey that you are willing to share?

Please send copies of your survey to Ann Nikolai at CSU Chico and Anne Cardale at the OLLI National Resource Center. (The NRC will post these survey examples on the national website.)

Do you offer scholarships at your OLLI?

Posted on June 6th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Sylvia Paxton, Dartmouth, Asks OLLI:

1. Do you offer scholarships to your OLLI programs?
2. How do you determine a needs based system?
3. Have you publicized this?
4. Where and what did you say?

How does your OLLI submit and calculate volunteer hours?

Posted on June 5th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Terry Aaronson, OLLI at Florida State, Asks OLLI:

How does your OLLI submit and calculate volunteer hours? Do you use an online system?

Does your OLLI use TED Talks?

Posted on May 10th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Terry Aaronson, OLLI at Florida State University, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer any classes designed around TED talks - and if so, how is it presented?

Have you used a roadside billboard to promote your OLLI?

Posted on April 26th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

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

Have you used a roadside billboard to promote your OLLI? At a recent charity auction, we purchased a four-week run for an outdoor roadside billboard. (We got a good deal!) Has anyone used a billboard to promote their OLLI? If so, please describe the message and visuals you used.

Does your OLLI offer peer led discussion courses?

Posted on April 24th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Chris Elliott, OLLI at the University of Oklahoma, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer peer led discussion courses? If so, what worked with peer led discussions, and what didn’t? Did the leaders choose the topics or did the members?

Has your OLLI offered courses in holistic health and wellness?

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Beth Leconte, OLLI at the University of Rhode Island, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI offered courses in holistic health and wellness such as yoga, meditation, chakras, drumming, or mindful drawing? If yes, have they been successful?

What is your experience with offering online learning?

Posted on April 23rd, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Cathy House, OLLI at the University of Utah, Asks OLLI:

As a follow up to the December 2012 Ask OLLI post about online courses, what is your experience with offering online learning to OLLI members?

Does your OLLI consider the membership fee to be a charitable contribution for tax purposes?

Posted on April 16th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Does your OLLI consider the membership fee to be a charitable contribution for tax purposes?

Katie Helms, OLLI at the University of Arkansas, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI consider the membership fee to be a charitable contribution for tax purposes? Why or why not? What is the norm for most OLLIs regarding whether or not the membership fee is tax-deductible?
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Does your OLLI’s curriculum committee use a planning timeline?

Posted on March 26th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Katie Helms, OLLI at University of Arkansas, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI’s curriculum committee use a planning timeline? I am looking for a planning timeline that can help frame what the committee needs to be doing as well as how far in advance.

Documents may be emailed to Kyle at the National Resource Center, kallen@usm.maine.edu.

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