We are kicking off an alumni giving campaign that challenges each class to ban together with other classes of the same decade. The “Challenge of the Decades” campaign celebrates our rich history of alums from Aquinas, Bellarmine, and St.Leo’s – we are looking at the 1950s to the 2010s. 70 years of alums that continue to make a difference in the world.  Whether they are starting successful companies that create jobs and improve lives, inspiring millions on the athletic field, touching hearts and stirring emotions through music and the arts, and giving hope and strength to the less fortunate through selfless service and volunteer work, the foundation for these successes is based on the opportunities experienced during their time as students!

Here is the challenge if you so choose to accept:

Make a gift of any size between May 1-8. We will keep track of all gifts received within these 7 days from the following 7 decades: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and the 2010s. Look for clips from the Jesuits, fellow alums, and other nostalgic references. 

So, the real question is how do you win and what do you win?  You win by making a gift of any size between May 1-8. The decade with the most gifts received within the 7 days wins!  Not only do you win bragging rights for being the best decade for this year, but you also win a shout out on the reader board when driving up the hill!  

To kick things off, here are the total number of Alumni who have made a gift to Bellarmine by graduation decade.
1950s – 552 
1960s – 932
1970s – 895
1980s – 895
1990s – 657
2000s – 402
2010-2014 – 142

Hear what a few of our Jesuits have to say about the “Challenge!” 




Below is a playlist of all the great "Challenge of the Decades" videos. Enjoy!



All proceeds from the “Challenge of the Decades” benefits Tuition Assistance financial support program.  With nearly $2.2 million in tuition assistance supporting 350 students, the need for support for access to Bellarmine is our number one charitable giving priority.  


Making a gift is easy, pick one of the following ways:

1. Mail your gift in to:
Bellarmine Preparatory School 
2300 S Washington St
Tacoma, WA 98405
(make your check payable to Bellarmine and write Challenge of the Decades on the memo line)

2. Make your gift online

3. Call the Development Office, 253-761-3522.  Don’t forget to mention you want to be a part of the “Challenge of the Decades."

4. Make a "forever" gift to Bellarmine by including us in your will. Visit our planned giving page for more information.