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Support Your Osher Institute

Member support and participation helps keep the Osher Institute strong. All gifts made through the Boise State University Foundation are tax-deductible and qualify for the Idaho Education Tax Credit.


The Osher Excellence Fund

2022 marked 20 years of lifelong learning that stemmed from the Renaissance Institute and has successfully transformed into today’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. One milestone of this status is a continued demonstration of investment by Osher members themselves. This factor contributes to a member-supported Osher Excellence Fund that bolsters programming for the future and provides sustainability. Thank you for demonstrating your continued support of lifelong learning and fulfilling Mr. Bernard Osher’s vision of lifelong learning.

  • The Osher Excellence Fund is used to sustain the Institute’s daily operations and programming.
  • The Excellence Fund supports speakers contracted to provide lectures and courses to Osher members.
  • The Excellence Fund supports research conducted by qualified faculty at Boise State University; research outcomes and findings are then presented to Osher members in the form of lectures and courses.
  • The Excellence Fund provides a scholarship fund to share lifelong learning with members experiencing financial difficulties.

Gifts to the Institute are managed by Boise State University Foundation, a tax-exempt Idaho organization under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code (#82-6010706), and are eligible for federal and state charitable income tax deductions.

Give Online

Support the Osher Institute by donating here.

Give a Gift Membership

Share the gift of lifelong learning! An Osher Institute gift certificate is the perfect gift for anyone in your life 50 and over who loves learning. It can be purchased in any amount.

To order a gift certificate, call Customer Services at (208) 426-1709.

Leave a Legacy for Lifelong Learning

A meaningful way to help ensure the Institute’s longevity is to leave a legacy for lifelong learning. Making a planned or estate gift to the Osher Institute helps ensure that it will be here for lifelong learners through the ages.

For more information about ways to make a planned gift, contact Jennifer Neil, Osher member and Executive Director for Planned Giving at Boise State, at (208) 426-2927 or

Estate Planning at Boise State University

The Bernard Osher Foundation

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Boise State University is endowed by The Bernard Osher Foundation. This support, combined with annual contributions made by members and community underwriters, support from the University, and revenue from membership and course fees helps the Institute run smoothly.

We are fortunate to be among a cadre of 125 universities and colleges throughout the country to have their support.

Learn More about The Bernard Osher Foundation