|SeniorNet Fact Sheet|
SeniorNet's mission is to provide older adults education for and access to computer technologies to enhance their lives and enable them to share their knowledge and wisdom. In addition to providing education to older adults, we also provide computer education to veterans, the underserved, disabled, and those with impairments.
Who We Are
Founded in 1986, SeniorNet grew out of a research project funded by the Markle Foundation to determine how computers and telecommunications could enhance the lives of older adults. Since that time, SeniorNet has grown into an independent, international, volunteer-based nonprofit organization that is one of the world’s leading technology educators of adults 55+. Headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida, SeniorNet has an international membership of computer users, hosts the thriving SeniorNet website at www.seniornet.org, and supports a large network of locally operated Learning Centers throughout the United States and internationally.
Who Funds Us
A national, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with international affiliates, SeniorNet is funded by membership dues, Learning Center fees, the altruistic donations of individuals and the generous support and sponsorship of corporations and foundations.
SeniorNet has benefited millions of seniors since its founding in 1986; supports Learning Centers throughout the U.S. and in other countries; creates and publishes an extensive curriculum used in our Learning Centers and a variety of other instructional materials; offers discounts on computer-related and other products and services; holds regional conferences; and collaborates in research on older adults and technology.
SeniorNet provides an extensive curriculum of more than 150 courses, delivered by thousands of volunteer instructors and mentors at SeniorNet Computer Learning Centers via a proven ‘seniors teaching seniors’ methodology. At SeniorNet Computer Learning Centers, members can take from beginning to advanced classes and learn new computing skills like ‘Computer Fundamentals’, ‘Internet and E-mail’, ‘Digital Photography,’ ‘Buying and Selling on eBay, ‘The Many Uses of Google’ and more, in a friendly, low-pressure environment. The SeniorNet Computer Learning Centers are operated by thousands of senior volunteers across the nation with curriculum provided by SeniorNet headquarters.
The SeniorNet website community at www.seniornet.org is a dynamic community of older adults who are interested in exploring the uses of computer and communications technologies to enrich their own lives and contribute to others. SeniorNet values the unique individual contributions that our website participants make in building our community. Currently www.seniornet.org receives well over 1 million hits per month!