The Challenge is over, but you can still show your support by visiting the Trinity giving page.

Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about 1869 Challenge 2022.

What is the Trinity University 1869 Challenge?

During the annual 1869 Challenge, Trinity comes together as one to support students. During these 1,869 minutes, those who love and care for Trinity make a gift to the University. We come together to show our commitment to Trinity and its students. This year we’ve got our sights set on 3,000 donors.


The 1869 Challenge starts Wednesday, September 28 at 3:33 p.m. CDT and ends at 10:42 CDT on Thursday, September 29.


Why is it called the 1869 Challenge?

Trinity University was founded in 1869. During this Challenge, we honor the past, celebrate the present, and prepare for the future. We can’t provide support to all of the different parts of a Trinity education without your help.

If I make a gift before or after the Challenge, will my gift count towards the Challenge?

If you would like to give prior to the scheduled Challenge date, you can do so starting September 7. If you missed this Challenge, however, we encourage you to give whenever you'd like by visiting

What if the area I want to give to isn’t listed?

If you can't find the area where you'd like to designate your gift, give us a call at 210-999-7415.


Still have questions?

Contact us at or call 210-999-7415.



Who can participate?

Anyone is welcome to donate to the 1869 Challenge! We are relying on the strength of our Trinity community—including alumni, students, faculty, staff, families, and friends—to come together and make an impact on the lives of Trinity students.

Can I designate my gift?

Yes!  You can designate your gift to any area of campus.

Is my gift tax-deductible?

Yes, it is! 

What's the giving minimum?

The minimum gift is $5.

Who is considered a Legacy?

If you and your parent or grandparent graduated from Trinity, you are a Legacy. If you graduated from Trinity and your child(ren) did too, you are a Legacy. If you and a sibling graduated from here, you are a Legacy. 

How does counting for the challenges and leaderboards work?

If you find it in your heart to support multiple areas across campus, thank you!  However, we will make adjustments on the back end if we identify "ballot-stuffing" - a large number of small gifts made to a specific area to inflate the number of donors or donations. You will do more to support the areas you care about most by making your gift and then spreading the word to encourage others to join you.

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