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The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USD is grateful for our partners who help us financially and by providing resources and educational opportunities to our members.

Financial Partners

These organizations have contributed financial support and services to OLLI:

  • Avera 
  • Dacotah Bank of Brookings
  • Sanford Health
  • South Dakota Humanities Council
  • University of South Dakota’s Community College for Sioux Falls 

The Bernard Osher Foundation began to consider programs targeted toward more mature students not necessarily well served by standard continuing education curricula in 2000. The interest of many older adults, especially those who have retired, is in learning for the joy of learning – without examinations or grades – and keeping in touch with a larger world. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University Center (OLLI) was established in 2006, and has received a million dollar endowment from the Osher Foundation to fund this program in perpetuity.

Partners in Learning

These organizations provide OLLI with classroom space and other considerations:

  • Avera 
  • AARP 
  • Arc of Dreams
  • Brookings Activity Center 
  • Brookings Public Library 
  • Children’s Museum of South Dakota
  • City of Vermillion
  • Coyote Twin Theatre
  • Crooks Gun Club
  • Dacotah Bank in Brookings
  • Dakota Lions Sight & Health
  • Dakota Park Nature Center 
  • DAV
  • Dow Rummel Village
  • Easton Foundation, Yankton
  • EROS
  • First Lutheran Church, Brookings
  • Four Winds Woodcraft and Boatshop
  • Great Plains Zoo
  • Hy-Vee in Brookings and Vermillion
  • Levitt at the Falls
  • McCrory Gardens
  • Millennium Recycling, Inc. 
  • National Music Museum
  •  Old Courthouse Museum
  • Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Sioux Falls 
  • Orpheum Theater
  • Outdoor Campus 
  • Pheasant Restaurant, Brookings
  • Prairie Soul Yoga
  • Raven
  • Ronning Library 
  • Sanford Promise
  • Sanford Pentagon
  • SculptureWalk
  • Sioux Falls Public Libraries
  • Sioux Falls Seminary 
  • Siouxland Heritage Museums 
  • South Dakota Ag Heritage Museum, Brookings
  • South Dakota Art Museum, Brookings
  • South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
  • South Dakota News Watch
  • South Dakota State University 
  • Spirit of Peace
  • St. Francis House
  • St. Thomas More
  • Stockyard Ag Experience
  • Trail Ridge Retirement Community 
  • University of South Dakota, Vermillion
  • USD Discovery District
  • Vermillion City Hall 
  • Edith B. Siegrist Vermillion Public Library 
  • Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
  • W. H. Over Museum in Vermillion 
  • Wooden Legs Brewery 

For more information on the Bernard Osher Foundation, which funds OLLIs throughout the United States, visit the website at