Support Osher

Investing in [email protected]

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Please consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of [email protected]’s future. Donations help our organization better serve its membership, keep fees affordable and solidify the future of Osher’s programming and mission. For a list of our current donors, please see below.

It's easy to support [email protected]!

  • Pick a donation level. Any one-time gift above $10 qualifies you as a Friend of Osher. Move up to the $500 level to join the Osher Advocates.
  • Give online. Online giving generally takes less than five minutes. Once you click the DONATE button, you will type in the donation amount as well as your contact information and credit card information on MU’s secure system. There’s also an option to set up monthly automatic donations.

    Donate now

  • Give by mail. Mail your check, payable to “University of Missouri,” to
    [email protected]
    344 Hearnes Center
    Columbia, MO 65211

    In the MEMO field, please indicate that your gift is for [email protected] If it is a tribute, please specify the name of the person you’d like to honor.

  • Give in other ways. If you are interested in contributing in other, even more substantial or specific ways, such as creating an endowed lecture series or another endowed program, we would love to meet with you to explore ideas.

If you would like more information, contact [email protected]. You may also request a confidential conversation about options by contacting the office of MU Extension Advancement.

2019 Business sponsors

Osher program sponsors

MU Health Care
The Village of Bedford Walk

2019 Trivia Night sponsors

Central Trust Company
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau
Columbia Insurance Group
Convergence Financial
P&D Electric, Inc.

2019 Osher Advocates

Osher members who support our continuing-education program at the level of $500 or more per year qualify as OSHER ADVOCATES. Please consider joining this group that allows the program to thrive and continue to grow, while keeping Osher membership fees affordable. We appreciate their leadership and generosity!

Tom and Barbara Bender*

John and Patti Blakemore*

James and Anne Campbell

Robert and Barbara Churchill*

Gloria Crull

Carolyn Dye*

Jeanne Dzurick

William B. Fisch*

Anne and David Gifford*

Dave and Nancy Griggs

Beverly Kabrick*

Sharon Kinden*

Hanna and David Klachko

Greg and Gail Luce

Carol A. McAllister*

Jack and Terry Meinzenbach

Georgia Morehouse*

Jerry Murrell*

John Parker

Von and Joyce Pittman*

Michael and Rose Porter*

Neil and Lyanne Riley*

Sally Silvers*

Gary and Beth Stangler*

Jim and Kathy Tunink

Curt Vogel

George and Helen Washburn*

Jack Wax*

Nan Wolf*


* These generous donors gave foundational gifts that established the Osher Advocate program, and are known as FOUNDERS. Thank you for your leadership!

2019 Friends of Osher

Special thanks to the FRIENDS OF OSHER, who have provided support through monetary contributions above their registration fees ($10 to $499).

Kathryn Allen

Barbara C. Ball

Don and Joan Bay*

Nerma Bennett

Robert and Cokie Blake

Danielle and Richard Blanck

Betty Bluedorn

Carol Braaten

Linda Bradley

Nancy Burke

Fortune Campbell

Charlene Carnes

Rosemary Christensen

Thomas Dillingham and Judith Clark*

Gary Coles

Jackie Craig

Julia Cramer

Mark and Susan Dickinson

Meredith Donaldson

Fred Erickson

Phyllis Evans

Barbara Favazz

Theresa Ferrugia

Lawrence M. and Aileen R. Garvin*

Joseph and Jessica Giacchi

Bill Goodson

Olive Graham

Frank and Kathy Green

Nancy Griffin

Gregory Grinch

Maureen Hayes

Joanne Heisler

Kay Henderson

Michael Hess

Maurine Hall-Hildebrand

Allen and Marian Hjelmfelt

Leon Hoskins

Tom and Stacie Houston

Carol Hughey

Wanda Hunker

Janet Jackson

Kaye King

Sandra Knight

Pauline Landhuis

Evelyn Lansche

Brenda Lawson

Tom Lhamon

Kay Libbus

Lois Long

Joan Luterman

John Madras

Steve and Martha Matthews*

Elaine McDannold

William and Doyne McKenzie

William Mees

Steven and Teri Miller

Ruth Miluski*

Donald Mueller

Bob and Bonnie Mullen

Karen Neely

Mary Nesladek

Marilou Oliver

Claude and Lena Pecquet

James Preston, Jr.

Donna Reed

Jon Rhodes

Karen Ridge

Deborah Rogers

Joyce Sandin

Mary Sandy

Birgit Scherer-Wiedmayer

Barbara Schneider

Deborah and Marc Scholes

Sarah Seat

Valerie Shaw

Karl and Mahree Skala

Beverly Smull*

Joyce Snow

John Stewart

Sue Tillema

Wynn Volkert

Jo Ann Wait

Llona Weiss

Lanelle Young

Elizabeth and Ken Zindle


* These generous donors gave foundational gifts that established the Osher Advocate program, and are known as FOUNDERS. Thank you for your leadership!

Make charitable contributions from your IRA

For those aged 70-1/2 or older, it is possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities, such as the University of Missouri, free from federal income tax each year.

There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

If you are ready to make a charitable IRA rollover to [email protected]:

  • Contact your IRA provider as soon as possible to initiate the rollover.
  • Contact the MU Office of Gift Planning and Endowments to alert the university to receive the rollover.

Call 1-800-970-9977 or email [email protected].