The Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning provides a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities to mature learners in the central Susquehanna community.
Income from membership and course registration fees is insufficient to cover regular operating expenses as well as the added ongoing expense of rent, telephone, and salary, which is why we always welcome additional support from our members and friends.
Annual gifts to BILL help pay the bills. They help assure that the quality of our publications and programs continues at the level that members have come to expect and appreciate. Specific past gifts helped furnish our new office space and purchase a whiteboard for use in the Creative Arts Room at RiverWoods, one of our favorite classroom spaces. We can always find a special purpose for a special gift, but general support for the program gives us the flexibility to use funds where they are most needed, such as for salary.
Many members report that participation in BILL classes and other programs and activities has had a beneficial effect on their lives. They have met new people, created new friendships, and expanded their knowledge in ways they have found to be truly rewarding and enjoyable. There are many ways to "thank" BILL in a "win-win" way that can be arranged now without impacting cash flow, lifestyle, or family security. Planned gifts from a will or trust, from a retirement plan, stock and appreciated assets, or life insurance are popular ways of giving, and cost you nothing during your lifetime yet help assure the security of this program that so many enjoy.
Ellen Clarke Bertrand made a very generous bequest to the University that created an endowment which supports Bucknell's library to this day. The Bertrand Society, founded in 1991, recognizes the generosity of all who have an estate gift planned for Bucknell, or who have completed a life income gift, retained life estate, or other charitable trust no matter the size. BILL members gain from Mrs. Bertrand's generosity through their membership benefit of full access to the library named in her honor.