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Membership Information

After more than a year of thoughtful consideration by the Executive Committee, OLLI at Bradley will charge a $5 quarterly membership fee beginning with its Fall 2019 programs.

The Bernard Osher Foundation, which has provided $2 million in endowments to recognize our OLLI as a program of national distinction, encouraged our transition to a membership-based program. Membership can promote a stronger sense of community and belonging, and provide an additional revenue stream to further develop, broaden, and sustain our OLLI at Bradley.

The membership fee will bring our OLLI into alignment with the Foundation’s best practices. Other OLLI membership fees at institutes in the Midwest range from $600 to $45 per year, but we have decided that $5 per quarter is sufficient to satisfy the Foundation’s guidelines. The fees generated each quarter will be used to fund our new offerings and offset costs that impact all OLLI activities.

Here are some advantages to becoming an official OLLI member this Fall:

  • Only OLLI members will have access to our quarterly programming, including classes, learning trips, study groups, and OLLI Originals (special events such as after hours, cinema, dinners, and more).

  • We will have more flexibility to develop new offerings, such as Lunch and Learns, Workshops, and Breakfast with a Professor. Many of these offerings will have higher seating capacities than most of our other programs, so more members can enjoy the new learning opportunities.

  • We will be able to deliver additional benefits to OLLI members, including discounts at the Bradley Bookstore, the Bradley Theatre, and other member-only perks offered by our community connections (e.g., discounted prices for symposiums and deals from other organizations).

  • The affordable fee will enable us to better determine the needs and interests of our members and to deliver programs to meet them.

  • The fee – only $5 per season – will produce an additional source of revenue for our new offerings, offset costs that impact all OLLI activities (such as producing the quarterly brochure and distributing the weekly newsletter), and allow us to maintain the current prices for classes, study groups, and trips.

Watch your weekly newsletter for more information as the Fall season approaches.  If you have any questions, please view our Membership Fee FAQs (PDF) or contact OLLI Director Michelle Riggio at (309) 677-3900 or mriggio@bradley.edu.