Who We Are: The Academy for Lifelong Learning
"A community of adults gathered together to design and enjoy new adventures in learning."
History: The Colorado Academy of Lifelong Learning was formed in December, 2002 by a group of like-minded men and women seeking to bring stimulating intellectual, cultural, and social opportunities to adults in the Denver area. The founders are volunteers whose only objective is to serve the membership.
Nonprofit: The Academy is a nonprofit Colorado corporation, a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS, headquartered in Denver.
A Lifelong Learning Institute: There are over 500 Lifelong Learning Institutes, LLIs, nationwide devoted to the same goals. Each is tailored to the individual needs and tastes of its community. The Academy is neither politically nor financially linked to any of the other LLIs. There is just a shared common objective of lifelong learning. The LLI movement nationwide is growing at an exceptional pace. The maturing of the baby boom generation will further accelerate this trend.
Age Requirements: Adults who share our goals and interests are welcome in our classes. The original plan was to have a program for adults 45 and older. But we absolutely refuse to enforce the age requirement! This is a departure from the rules of other LLIs.
Self-Governing: We are completely self-governing. The Board has complete decision-making authority over all areas of endeavor. The Board answers to no one but the membership.
Self-Financing: The Academy is completely self-financing. All funds received stay within the organization and are used solely for the benefit of the members and the program. No other organization has a call on the financial resources of the corporation or its programs. To begin operations, several of the founding members loaned funds to the corporation at below market rates of interest. The corporation repaid these loans as operational success permitted.
Objective: The objective is to deliver the highest quality educational offerings possible at the lowest possible cost to the participants. As our membership grows, we expect to be able to lower the course fees and will do so whenever possible.
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