Share the Gift of Learning: Our Annual Giving Campaign Needs You

Since its debut in 2004, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University has grown from 16 students to nearly 750 members — adults age 50+ who share a love of learning and discovery. Over the years, we’ve hosted hundreds of lectures, courses, workshops, book clubs, special events, and off-campus Edventures for our students.

Our Challenge

The $1 million endowment we received in 2015 distributes $50,000 toward our program each year and covers about 17% of our expenses. The endowment was intended as seed money to help us grow and ultimately become financially self-sufficient. Our membership and tuition fees cover an additional 50%. SDSU Global Campus has been generously covering the gap, but we need to become self-sufficient. To attain that goal, we’re continually growing membership and reducing expenses while maintaining the excellent quality of our programming.

The following numbers are for the 2019-2020 fiscal year:

Osher Expense Breakdown

Osher Expenses Breakdown

Program Planning and Delivery: 11%
Instructor Salaries and Benefits: 22%
Professional Staff Salaries and Benefits: 47%
Operating Expenses (Classroom Space, Registration, Cashiering): 16%
Campus Support: 4%

Osher Revenue Breakdown

Osher Revenue Breakdown

Tuition and Membership Fees: 50%
Endowment: 17%
Partnerships (Paradise Village and Travel): 4%
Donations: 29% ($82,245)

In order to keep our courses affordable while also expanding our program offerings, we rely on fundraising to account for around 30% of our total yearly budget. This year, our goal is to raise $82,245 through various fundraising efforts throughout the year.

With your support, we can work towards our goal of becoming financially self-sufficient, while also continuing our efforts to provide affordable, high-quality programming to all our students.

Ways to Donate

1. Donate online: Please consider giving to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Diego State University, to help support the Institute's tradition of excellence. Your online donations are tax-deductible, private, and secure.

2. Send a check to:
The Campanile Foundation
Attn: Gift Administration
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1968
Made payable to The Campanile Foundation/Designation: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

3. Planned giving
You can also help us grow our endowment through a gift in your will or trust. To learn more about planned giving, visit or contact Allison Ohanian at (619) 594-0771 or

Business Sponsorships

If your organization is interested in supporting Osher at SDSU while also promoting your brand to our vibrant community, please call (619) 594-2863 or email

All of us at Osher at SDSU sincerely thank you for your consideration.