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 Giving

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.

Planned Giving

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.

Make A Gift

Your tax-deductible donation will provide resources to support scholarships, special events, and courses.

There are four easy ways to give:

1. Make a gift online
using our secure online gift form.

2. Call us at 570-577-3200.

3. Mail a check (payable to Bucknell University
with "Lifelong Learning" in the memo) to:
Bucknell University
Gift Processing
Lewisburg, PA 17837

4. Make a planned gift. By doing so, you will automatically join the Ellen Clarke Bertrand Society, which recognizes the generosity of all alumni and friends 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. Your gift can be designated for the benefit of the Bucknell Institute for Lifelong Learning. Learn more about Gift Planning.

Other Ways to Give

You can support BILL by volunteering your time, talent, and treasure in various ways.

  • Provide office assistance, especially during registration periods
  • Coordinate a special interest group
  • Become BILL's social media coordinator (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Become a BILL ambassador to community groups
  • Help distribute catalogs and brochures
  • Provide AV assistance for classes and/or special presentations (easy training needed)
  • Donate office supplies such as laser toner, printer paper, Keurig cups
  • Make a donation of any size to the BILL Scholarship Fund by sending a check with "Lifelong Learning Scholarship Fund" in the memo
  • Suggest your own way to help out!



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