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$1 million gift will expand and enhance Osher Institute programming

February 9, 2015

A $1 million gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation will strengthen an endowed fund that benefits the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a unit of Continuing Education at the University of Kansas.

Osher Institute participants tour the Flying W Ranch in the Flint Hills.

Founded in 2004, the Institute at KU offers a wide array of educational courses and activities designed for individuals age 50 and over.

Foundation president Mary Bitterman praised the KU Osher Institute staff and members who share their time, talent and financial resources. “We applaud, too, the University’s leadership for its support of the program and for embracing the notion that — at its best — education is a lifelong pursuit that has the power to elevate, delight and forge our connection to one another and to a larger world,” she said.

Founded in 2004, the Institute at KU offers a wide array of educational courses and activities designed for individuals age 50 and over.

Foundation president Mary Bitterman praised the KU Osher Institute staff and members who share their time, talent and financial resources. “We applaud, too, the University’s leadership for its support of the program and for embracing the notion that — at its best — education is a lifelong pursuit that has the power to elevate, delight and forge our connection to one another and to a larger world,” she said.

The gifts count toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas, the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future.

The campaign is managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment was the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

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