Well House Society

You can preserve the one-of-a-kind IU experience.

There are many ways you can impact IU, but only support of the Well House Society helps IU address unexpected areas of need and opportunity. This kind of support is essential to preserving and enhancing the IU experience for students, staff, faculty, and friends.

One percent makes a difference for all.

State funding and tuition cover only a portion of the total cost it takes to deliver IU’s life-changing experience and world-class education. Charitable giving offsets much of the difference; however, nearly 99 percent of these gifts are designated for a particular IU cause.

This makes the remaining 1 percent of philanthropic gifts—flexible funding used at the discretion of IU’s president—particularly vital to IU.

These gifts support needs that might otherwise go unanswered, such as emergency scholarship assistance and cultural programs that enrich campus life.

Support when and where IU needs it

IU presidents have used Well House Society funds to support a wide array of IU causes that impact some of the most beloved and essential parts of the IU experience. From pioneering programs and facilities to historic traditions and campus treasures, the Well House Society has its fingerprints on many important initiatives across IU.

Wright Quadrangle Murals: Thanks to the Well House Society, another chapter in IU’s 200-year history has come to a close; Well House Society support helped bring to life the the newest (and final) addition to the historic Wright Quadrangle murals: Professor Caleb Weintraub has depicted significant moments and figures from 1999 to the present. The newly unveiled mural celebrates IU’s distinguished faculty, tradition in the arts, global engagement, strength in information technology, and diverse community. Photo courtesy of Chaz Mottinger, Indiana University
Elinor Ostrom Statue: Thanks to Well House Society support, the late Professor Elinor Ostrom will be honored with a historical marker outside of Woodburn Hall, created by alumnus Michael McAuley. Ostrom was the first woman—and the first political scientist—to receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. She was a pioneering, influential scholar whose life and career brought great distinction to Indiana University, and her marker will serve to inspire generations to come.
Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon: With Well House Society support, a nearly 50-year-old IU musical tradition has once again become a central part of life on campus. In January 2020, the Arthur R. Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon—an upgraded and relocated version of the carillon dedicated in 1971 on the edge of campus—once again rang loudly, this time from its new location adjoining the IU Arboretum. Four more bells give the carillon a grand distinction—one of fewer than 30 in the world and one of a handful nationwide. Photo courtesy of James Brosher, Indiana University

How to join

Age 41+
Make a minimum annual gift to iu of$2,000 with at least $1,000 of your gift designated to WHS

Age 40 and under
Make a minimum annual gift to iu of$1,000 with at least $500 of your gift designated to WHS.

Make your gift to become a Well House Society member.

Make a pledge and "build for a long time."

Former IU president Herman B Wells famously said, “When you build, build for a long time.” Pledging a gift to the Well House Society makes it easy to do just that.

Consider the impact of making a five-year pledge to give either $1,000, $3,000, or $5,000 annually—our three most common giving levels—to the Well House Society:


In addition, making a five-year pledge enables you to think beyond the annual gift you’re capable of giving at the moment to the greater impact you hope to make at IU and ensure that the University is prepared to address sudden needs and seize timely opportunities, all while automating and simplifying your annual giving process.

Make your pledge now. Contact us to start planning your gift now.  


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IUF Regional Development Team

Well House Society strengthens the character of our campuses that makes IU the exceptional, deeply enriching institution it has been for the past 200 years, and will be into its third century.

Michael A. McRobbie, Indiana University president