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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Cal State Monterey Bay (OLLI)


The mission of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, an educational program for those 50 and better, is to offer fresh, stimulating courses that challenge the mind. We serve lifelong learners who are eager to explore traditional and new areas of knowledge — without the stress of exams and grades.

The Big Idea

The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust many organizations into a virtual world, with blurred boundaries and a glut of content. Many people looking for enrichment have been besieged with online learning opportunities. OLLI’s Shine-a-Light Project aims to focus attention on local offerings through collaborations with Monterey County-based non-profit organizations that value lifelong learning and purposeful aging. In the past, in-person gatherings have been at the heart of OLLI’s program; now OLLI hopes to generate a similar level of social engagement—in the virtual realm—to benefit the community looking to continue learning.

The OLLI program is a gift. In a large community, it brings together people who value education, who have curiosity, and who want to continue to change the world as well as enrich their own personal world. Imagine how difficult it would be to find similar souls without the OLLI magnet, the OLLI velcro.

- David and Lois Epel

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 12.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.