Friends - Osher

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

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Become a Friend of Osher

The Friends of Osher is a special group of people who financially support the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas; who recognize that the accessible, low-cost educational opportunities offered by Osher enrich the lives of adult learners; and who want to help us expand both our programming and the geographical areas we serve. Will you join us?

You can make a big difference. There are four ways to donate.

  • Visit KU Endowment to make a secure donation online. Remember to indicate "Osher" in the line, "My gift will benefit __________."
  • Include your contribution on the downloadable registration form.
  • Call KU Endowment at 800-444-4201.
  • Or simply make your check payable to KUEA/Osher and mail to KU Professional & Continuing Education, 1515 Saint Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1619

We are happy to accept donations in any amount, but the following categories allow you to choose the level you are comfortable with.

Osher BusinessFriends

An opportunity for businesses to show their support for lifelong learning in our community

The Osher BusinessFriends Program is designed to allow your organization to partner with KU to support lifelong learning in our community while raising awareness of your services among the Osher Institute’s members.

Your support benefits our community and the Osher Institute by:

  • Helping keep Osher’s tuition and fees low
  • Allowing more people to attend our courses and events
  • Helping attract highly qualified instructors and top-notch presenters who form the educational foundation of our program
  • Expanding into areas in need of lifelong learning opportunities, and
  • Maintaining the technology we need to sustain the quality of our programming.

Every contribution helps. Please become an Osher BusinessFriend today.

You can make your donation by completing the Friends of Osher section of the downloadable registration form; calling toll-free 800-444-4201; or going online to KU Endowment's Osher page.

If you wish to be included as a leading Osher BusinessFriend in the Osher catalog, please contact Linda Kehres at 785-864-1373.

Levels of Support

Supporter $50–$74

Patron $75–$99

Benefactor $100–$249

Sponsor $250–$499

Trustee $500–$999

Regent $1,000+


Come on. Be a friend.

The Friends of Osher help us raise funds to keep our fees low and expand our program with new courses and more sites. By contributing, you help insure that we can continue our high-quality programming. It's easy to donate. Just include a contribution with your registration, visit the Osher website, or call 800-444-4201.

The Friends of Osher program offers opportunities for both individuals and businesses to show their support for the Osher Institute at KU and receive recognition for their generosity. Read more here about corporate giving and individual giving.


What our friends are saying

"We love learning more about history, music, art, and science, but we also enjoy interacting with the instructors and other members. That’s why we’re Friends of Osher." ~ Bob and Lee Ann Duver

"I enjoy teaching inquisitive lifelong learners, and Osher students are among the best. That’s why I’m a Friend of Osher." ~ Barry Crawford, Washburn University Professor of Religious Studies

"From Ulysses to Lenexa, from Manhattan to North Newton, Osher offers high-quality short courses for everyone. That’s why I’m a Friend of Osher." ~ Barbara Nordling

"For more than six years, the Osher Institute has been an important part of Benjamin’s home schooling program. That’s why we’re Friends of Osher." ~ Sandra Ording and son Benjamin Marcus

"The Osher program allows me to share my passion for music and Broadway with eager students. That’s why I’m a Friend of Osher." ~ Paul Laird, KU Professor of Musicology