$1 Million Gift Promotes Lifelong Learning

July 19, 2016

UWM’s School of Continuing Education is the proud home of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute—the only institute of its kind in Wisconsin and one of just a few in the Midwest. Providing socially interactive, engaging, and intellectually stimulating experiences for adults 50 and over, the institute has been met with great demand and huge popularity. The program can continue to flourish thanks to a recent $1 million gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation. With this gift, the foundation’s total investment in UWM is nearly $3.7 million.

“We salute the university’s leadership and staff as well as the institute’s remarkable volunteers for developing an outstanding program of great variety,” says Osher Foundation President Mary Bitterman. “The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM consistently provides older adults in the Milwaukee area with a broad array of meaningful and enriching educational opportunities. We are delighted to provide this additional support.”

Each year, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM provides its 1,400 members with more than 250 courses and programs that range from foreign language and literature to travel excursions, both local and abroad. For many mature learners, the institute offers a chance to explore something new that wasn’t part of their careers or daily lives.

Headquartered in San Francisco, the foundation has generously supported the program here at UWM, as well as the other 119 programs around the country. “UWM has been fortunate to receive multiple gifts from the foundation thanks to the success of its program. We are grateful to the foundation for helping this program grow and meet a need in the community,” says Kim Beck, executive director of the institute. “The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM is a true gem in Milwaukee.”