A Streak of Generosity
Trinity supporters join together for 2022 1869 Challenge
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

A group of Tigers is called a streak, and this year, more than 3,000 alumni, faculty, staff, parents, students, and friends of Trinity University joined that streak to conquer the 1869 Challenge together.  

Over 1,869 minutes from Sept. 28-29, this streak raised $620,040 to support Trinity students across campus. The streak charged past the overall challenge goal of 3,000 donors, unlocking an additional $38,000 donation. Tigers rallied their friends and went on to meet many other challenges, reaching across academic departments, athletic teams, student organizations, and more. There’s not a corner on campus that didn’t feel the love this year.

Your generosity makes it possible for the University to continue making broad strides on the national stage and stay innovative as it redefines the liberal arts. Your donations provide incredible academic and experiential opportunities for our Tigers and help students to keep finding their strengths, excelling throughout their time at Trinity, and planning ahead for post-graduate success in all its forms. 

Accepting the 1869 Challenge maintains a streak of generosity and stewardship that inspires others to join in Trinity’s and its Tigers’ paths to success.  


Enabling Excellence

Through both matching donations and individual gifts, donors stepped up to support the faculty and academic departments that guide and support our Tigers inside and outside the classroom.

Thanks to an anonymous alumni donor, every dollar given to the entrepreneurship program was matched with another dollar, reaching $7,668.

President Vanessa Beasley, Ph.D., also pledged a $5,000 challenge (split $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000) for the top three academic departments with the most donors.

Place Donors

1. Classical Studies - in memory of Corinne Pache         


2. Sociology and Anthropology for Donahue Award

3. Chemistry  59


Competitive Spirit

Trinity’s varsity sports teams showed their fighting spirit during this year’s challenge.

The volleyball team served an ace by being the varsity sport with the highest overall alumni participation percentage, unlocking an additional $5,000 from Beasley and alumni donors.

Place Donors

1. Volleyball         


2. Swimming and Diving                           

3. Track and Field  54


The swimming and diving team swam laps around the competition as the varsity sport that raised the highest dollar amount, unlocking an additional $1,500 from President Beasley. 


Amount Raised

1. Swimming and Diving                           


2. Baseball      


3. Football



Student Orgs, Streak Leaders

Student organizations on campus benefited from Tigers’ generosity.

The fraternity or sorority that raised the highest dollar amount won free tacos at a club meeting delivered by LeeRoy the Tiger.


Amount raised

1. Chi Delta Tau Fraternity      


2. Bengal Lancers Fraternity     


3. Sigma Theta Tau Sorority                     



The top three fraternities and sororities that secured the most donors each received 25 Bonus Standards points to apply toward their Fall or Spring Standards. 



1. Chi Delta Tau Fraternity


2. Omega Phi Fraternity 


3. Bengal Lancers Fraternity                    





1. Gamma Chi Delta Sorority                   


2. Sigma Theta Tau Sorority


3. Spurs Sorority



The student organization that secured the most number of donors received $500, the second most $250, and the third most received $100 for their student organizations’ accounts.



1. Trinity University Mock Trial                


2. Black Student Union    


3. Japanese Culture Club



A Legacy of Giving Back

Trinity’s young alumni, reunion classes, parents, and families made sure not to break their streak of generosity.  

Trinity’s Young Alumni Challenge invited a friendly competition between the Classes of ’18, ’19, ’20, ’21, and ’22. As the class with the most donors (68), the Class of 2022 had $2,500 go toward the swimming and diving team, which received the most gifts from the class. As the second class with the most donors (56), the Class of 2020 had $1,500 go toward the classical studies department. Finally, as the class with the third most donors (44), the Class of 2021 had $1,000 go toward the swimming and diving team. This challenge was sponsored by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Megan Mustain, Ph.D.

The 1992 and 2002 reunion class tied for the most number of donors (36) during the 1869 Challenge, winning them special recognition during Alumni Weekend in October.

Parents from the Classes of 2023, 2024, 2025, and 2026 competed to see which Parent Class has the most #TigerPride. The Class of 2026 had the most donors (156) during the challenge, earning them an announcement of their victory on the TU Parents Facebook page and the TrinitE Parent and Family Newsletter, as well as the opportunity to be highlighted during Fall Family Weekend.

Tiger parents and families were challenged to show their love for their student's favorite Trinity department, club, or sport. After 150 parents made a gift, an anonymous current Trinity family unlocked $15,000 for student scholarships.

Thomas Brown P'96 and Mrs. Susan Sober P'96, parents of alumnus David Brown '96, challenged fellow parents of alumni to make a gift to the fund of their choice. After receiving 25 gifts, they unlocked $5,000 in support of Trinity students. 

The above donations don’t even cover them all! Head to https://givingday.trinity.edu/ to see the complete list of challenges and the impact your donations have made!


For 150 years, Trinity University has transformed challenge into boundless opportunity. Join the force in motion at www.trinity.edu.

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