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In 1980, OLLI opened its first Delaware location as the Academy of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington. Since then, the OLLI program has expanded to include campuses in each county, attracting thousands of members each year who are enriched by OLLI’s stimulating academic environment and social opportunities. 

Many early members included the institute in their estate plans, sustaining and strengthening OLLI’s future with support to innovative programs, capital improvements and scholarships to provide access to more members. Inspired by this generosity, the Osher Lifelong Learning Legacy Society launched in 2018 to celebrate all who support the future of OLLI in Delaware by including a specific OLLI campus or the statewide program in an estate plan. 

There are a variety of gift plan options to achieve philanthropic intentions beyond wills and trusts, including naming OLLI as a beneficiary of a retirement account or life insurance policy and more. For a full listing of options and additional information, visit What You Can Give or call Nathana Jackson, Director of Gift Planning at the University of Delaware, at 302-831-6093 or email

To make an outright gift to OLLI, please click here.


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Karen M. Ingram

My OLLI Legacy Story: Karen M. Ingram

Karen M. Ingram has repeated this sentence numerous times… “When I introduce folks to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-Wilmington (OLLI-W), I refer to it as a ‘Treasure.’ OLLI-W is a one-of-kind educational center for everyone, and people will find their jewels once they enter Arsht Hall.  It is the place for me.”  
 Paul Collins and Denise Bridgens

Our OLLI Legacy: Paul Collins and Denise Bridgens

After a long career in the technology field, Paul Collins decided to retire with his wife, Denise Bridgens, to Lewes, Delaware in 2011. It didn’t take long for them both to settle into their new community and learn about the opportunities they now had, including access to the University of Delaware’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). 
Marty Marston

My OLLI Legacy Story: Marty Marston

The seeds for Marguerite “Marty” Marston’s interest in OLLI were planted long before she stepped foot on the Arsht Hall campus. Back when OLLI was the Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL), Marty vividly recalls her retired Aunt Nancy raving about the programs and how much she was getting from them, particularly after the loss of her husband.