WHS Impact Report

Over the past 40 years, the Well House Society has transformed the face of Indiana University. From supporting programs that have shaped countless lives to preserving the places that so many hold dear, the Well House Society’s generous members have truly left their mark on IU.

This past year was no different. Your support enriched IU in transformative ways. Moreover, your generosity shaped what IU is and will become in the years ahead.

Take a closer look at the difference you helped make as a Well House Society member in 2018.

Enhancing the IU experience for all

With your support and in commemoration of IU’s 2020 Bicentennial, the Well House Society is helping to restore some of IU’s beloved landmarks to their former glory. Furthermore, it’s creating new spaces to treasure so that future generations can continue to experience IU at its best.

Click the slideshow arrows or swipe to see the Well House Society’s bicentennial projects.


Maxwell Hall courtyard: Completed in 2018, restoration of this fixture of the Bloomington campus (and IU’s Old Crescent heritage) lets current and future students follow the footsteps of the thousands who came before them. But the renovation isn’t just cosmetic. New enhancements provide a space for cultural and educational programming, as well as smaller spaces for study and reflection. A plaque recognizing the contributions of Well House Society members will be added in 2019.
IU Calliope: Well House Society support enabled the full restoration of the IU Calliope, a much celebrated but (formerly) rarely seen 32-whistle instrument housed in a circus wagon. This traveling piece of IU tradition is now once again available for celebrations, parades, and special events to the delight of all who love IU.
IUPUI Welcoming Campus Initiative: Through the Welcoming Campus Initiative, IUPUI has softened its campus’s concrete façade with the natural beauty that IU is famous for: trees, flowers, and all types of greenery. But this beautification effort might not have been were it not for the Well House Society, which matched the gifts of IUPUI campus faculty and staff to ensure that the initiative was funded in time for IUPUI’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2019.
Arthur R. Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon: As part of its renovation, the instrument was disassembled in late 2017, and its bells were shipped to the Netherlands for restoration. The groundbreaking for the new, central-campus home of the Metz Carillon was in April 2019. Beyond its relocation, this rare treasure will be upgraded with the addition of four new bells, making it one of only a few grand carillons in the world. Look for the first bell ringing to take place on January 20, 2020 (IU’s 200th birthday), and the inaugural concert in April 2020.
Campus murals: With Well House Society support, the IU Office of the Bicentennial commissioned two new mural projects at IU Bloomington in 2018. Painting for Wright Quad’s new multi-panel mural began in 2018. The addition will bring the existing seven-panel mural, which depicts IU Bloomington’s history from 1820 through 1998, up to present day. Preparatory sketches for the second mural project, which will represent the IU motto, Lux et Veritas (Light and Truth), in Presidents Hall, were developed throughout 2018.

Your commitment is second to none

Well House Society members are special. You’re among a select few who can rightly be called some of IU’s most devoted friends.

In fact, more than 60 percent of Well House Society members have been so for more than 10 years. And nearly a third have been members for 30 years or more! Truly, Well House Society membership is a calling card of IU’s staunchest supporters.

< 5 years32.56%
5-9 years5.29%
10-19 years17.55%
20-29 years16.28%
30+ years28.33%


Well House Society members also show that commitment to IU isn’t confined to the Hoosier state. This tight-knit group of IU supporters spans a vast geographic area. Members reside in 30 states, from California to Massachusetts and almost everywhere in between. You’re never too far from a Well House Society friend.

* Not shown on map: Well House Society members in Washington, D.C., (4) and England (1)

Granting opportunity, aid, and education

Last year, your gift helped fund Well House Society grants that made lasting impact on current and future students through these IU programs.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

A Well House Society grant for the Let’s Talk: Multicultural Outreach and Prevention Program provided counseling support to underserved IU students. By addressing mental health needs, the program ensures that every student has a place to go and a person to speak to in times of need, regardless of their background or financial circumstances.

59%increase in student mental health counseling visits since Well House Society funding

Kelley Institute for Social Impact (KISI)

Grant funding for internships at the Kelley Institute for Social Impact made it possible for business students to put their education into action. The internships sent students around the world to serve communities in need. In doing so, students gained real-world, hands-on experience in their field and developed global leadership skills in the areas of microfinance, women’s empowerment, education, and poverty.

I began to understand and appreciate the complexity of the human story behind business functions. This fellowship allowed me to utilize the intersection of business and storytelling. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity.

Sophie Lahey, KISI student, class of 2020

34Project STEM high school applicants

19Indiana towns represented

6students selected for 2019 summer lab session

Thank you for all you do for IU

Your support of the Well House Society is absolutely essential to IU—and so very much appreciated. You are the quiet presence that makes IU one of the most important forces for good in the world today.

If you have questions regarding your Well House Society membership or other inquiries we might be able to assist with, please let us know. 

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