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Join the Tiger Streak!
Trinity’s 1869 Challenge unites donors in support of students

Trinity is on a streak!

Our University is making moves on a national stage, we’re redefining the liberal arts, and providing incredible academic and experiential opportunities for our Tigers. A group of Tigers is called a streak, and that’s exactly how we’re going to keep raising the bar: united, as One Trinity, thanks to alumni, parents, families, students, faculty and staff like you.

Trinity’s 1869 Challenge is a chance for you to join this streak. From 3:33 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Sept. 28, until 10:42 p.m. CDT on Thursday, Sept. 29, alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends will rally together to make gifts to support students. 

We have 1,869 minutes (31 hours) to reach our goal of 3,000 donors to unlock funds for Trinity.

Your generosity makes it possible for students to keep finding their strengths, emerging as leaders or blazing trails towards post-graduate success in all its forms. But we can’t stop there—we’re going above and beyond our duties as individual donors to keep spreading the message!

Already made a donation? Remind and encourage your fellow alumni, friends, and families of the University to do the same. Let’s show our support for all Tigers, as One Trinity.


Academic Departments

Our faculty are the heart of the Trinity experience. To encourage our entire community of support to give to academic departments, President Vanessa Beasley is pledging a $5,000 challenge. The department that secures the most number of donors will also receive $2,500, the second will receive $1,500, and the department garnering the third most donors will receive $1,000 with the funds deposited into their department account.


Reunion Class 

Are you a part of a reunion class that ends in a “2” (72, 82, 92, 02, or 12) or a “7” (77, 87, 97, 07, or 17)? If so, help your class reach the most donors to get bragging rights and recognition during Alumni Weekend.



Which Parent Class has the most #TigerPride? This challenge pits classes 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 against each other to see who has the most donors during the 1869 Challenge. The winning parent class will be announced on the TU Parents Facebook page and the TrinitE, plus the class will be highlighted during Fall Family Weekend.

An anonymous current Trinity University Family will match your gift to a fund of your choice. This dollar-for-dollar match will provide up to $15,000 for student scholarships.


Greek Life Challenge

Student fraternity and sorority challenges for most dollars and most donors will come with fun prizes and even the chance to earn Standards Points.


Athletics Challenge

President Vanessa Beasley is joining with 3 alums in pledging a $3,500 challenge for our athletics programs. The team that secures the highest dollar amount will also receive $1,500, the team that secures the most unique donors will also receive $1,000, and the team with the highest percentage of student-athlete participation will also receive $1,000. Plus, many varsity sports have their own team challenges—stay tuned during the 1869 Challenge to bring on the competition!


Student Organizations 

Pay close attention to how your favorite student organization is doing on our leaderboard, because the organization with the most donors receives an extra $500, the second most gets an extra $250, and third most gets an extra $100.


Trinity Sweetheart Challenge 

Calling all alums married to alums! Be one of 300 sweetheart donors needed to help unlock $10,000 from Kay '72 and Geary '70 Reamey. Kay and Geary met at Trinity in January 1969 on a blind date and was in engaged in May, before they parted for the summer break. They were married in Dallas by a Trinity alum. If you have a similar story, this is the challenge for you!

Trinity Choir

Professor Emeritus Rich Butler, John Carver ’74, Rex Smith ’74, Gina Gaedke ’89, Griffin Gaedke ’20, Kelly Ranson ’77, Chip Fournier ’76, and Kenneth Koen ’70 will donate $7,000 to Choral if we receive 70 donors to the Choral Fund.


KRTU Women in Jazz Matching Challenge

Double your impact when donating to KRTU thanks to KRTU supporter and TU alumnus, Ethan Smith '95, who will graciously match up to $1,000 for the support of Women in Jazz.


Give Now

You can make your gift early at

Or, be a part of the energy and excitement on the days of the Challenge, September 28-29.


If you are interested in helping challenge and motivate others to give, please reach out to Kathy McNeill or call 210-999-8425.

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