The Trail Blazers Foundation

The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting underserved kids and families where they live, learn, and play. The Trail Blazers Foundation gives grants to nonprofits and schools to support underserved youth and their families across these three focus areas. The foundation is funded through meaningful corporate partnerships with Wells Fargo, The Safeway/Albertsons Foundation, Nike, Moda Health and CarMax, through revenue from Trail Blazers license plate sales, as well as through our own fundraising efforts. The Foundation gave $500,000 during the 2015-16 season.

Donate to the Foundation

Make a tax-deductible donation to the Trail Blazers Foundation and support kids and families where they live, learn and play.

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Trail Blazers Foundation Open Grants

For Schools: Open October – December

Available October through December: Take it to the Court for Education sponsored by Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo funds $100,000 in grants to teachers and schools across Oregon and SW Washington to support their academic, art, athletic, or community programs. This application is now closed and will reopen in the fall of 2017. This year’s recipients will be announced in February 2017.

For Nonprofits: Open February – April 13, 2017

LIVE Grants: General operating support or program funding is available to 501c3 organizations that connect underserved youth to the environment for education, preservation, and employment.

LEARN Grant: General operating support or program funding is available to 501c3 organizations supporting youth to graduate from high school or ensure they hit the many academic benchmarks critical to achieving this goal.

PLAY Grants presented by Nike: General operating support or program funding is available to 501c3 organizations promoting access to sport and physical activity for youth and families.

Additional Trail Blazers Foundation Initiatives

Rip City 5050 Raffle in partnership with the Safeway Foundation: At each Trail Blazers home game, fans have the chance to purchase raffle tickets from the Trail Blazers Foundation. Half of the proceeds go to a winning fan, and half go directly to the Trail Blazers Foundation to support nonprofit organizations in Oregon and SW Washington, including our community partners. With a generous $70,000 donation from the Safeway Foundation in 2014-15, proceeds from the raffle supported more than $148,000 to nonprofit partners. If you’re interested in having your organization participate in 5050, please e-mail

Community 101 in partnership with CarMax is a classroom-based program through the Oregon Community Foundation that gives students the opportunity to get involved in their communities through grant making and volunteering. Students work to determine the greatest community need and invest to help their communities thrive. We supported the Community 101 program at Imbler High School, West Albany High School, and Ridgeview High School during the 2014-15 school year, and are supporting South Albany High School, Phoenix High School, and HB Lee Middle School during the 2015-16 season.

Rose Quarter Employee Giving: Employees of the Rose Quarter give generously each year to support the foundation. In 2015, employees donated over $20,000 to support:

Trail Blazers Foundation Board

  • Chris McGowan: President and CEO, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Margaret Carter (Board Chair): Retired Oregon State Senator
  • Tracy Curtis: Regional President of the Oregon Region for Wells Fargo & Company
  • Chris Oxley: VP of Business Development and Government Affairs, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Pamela Weatherspoon (Board Secretary): Diversity & Community Engagement Program Manager | Legacy Health
  • Michael Lewellen: VP of Corporate Communications, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Jill McGinnis: Communications & Public Affairs Manager from the Portland Division of Safeway/Albertsons
  • Diana Nunez: Community Outreach Manager for the City of Portland Mayor’s Office of Charlie Hales
  • Ben Lauritsen (Board President): SVP of Legal and Corporate Affairs, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Bill Christensen (Board Treasurer): SVP of Finance, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Melanie Auguste  Brand Director of Global Basketball, Nike

make it better Board of Professionals

Our Foundation’s Board of Professionals is committed to raising money for one nonprofit organization each season. This season the board will raise money for New Avenues for Youth to help prevent youth homelessness and provide homeless and at-risk young people with the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

  • Dan Schienman Corporate Partners Sales Manager, Portland Trail Blazers
  • David Nussr Account Analyst, Seterus
  • Cupid Alexander Occupancy Specialist, Washington County Department of Housing Services
  • Cambria Benson Business Development & Communications Manager, BasX Solutions LLC
  • Cyreena Boston Director, Portland African American Leadership Forum
  • Brian Brock Account Executive, Process Retail Group
  • Hannah Eggert Social Responsibility Development Manager, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Chris Edwards ICAP Fair Value Analyst, Intel Corporation
  • James Falvey Business Development Manager, Stoller Family Vineyards
  • Justin Fisher Assistant Athletic Director for Development
  • Sarah Kintz Education Program Associate, M Financial
  • Melissa Froman Vice President of Special Events & Partnerships, Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro
  • Dana Ingram Home Buying Counselor/Community Outreach, Portland Housing Authority. Executive Director, Urban Arts Dance Company
  • Amanda Laycock AVP & Project Manager, Wells Fargo
  • David Lucas Executive Director, Maurice Lucas Foundation
  • Josh Schlesinger Vice President & Asset Manager, Schlesinger Companies
  • Chabre Vickers Director of Community Relations & Diversity, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest
  • Pamela Weatherspoon Diversity & Community Engagement Program Manager, Legacy Health
  • Hunter Zeeb CEO, Jet Industries Inc.

Are you interested in getting involved? Contact Dan Scheinman and we will keep you up to date with information and opportunities to get involved with the make it better Board of Professionals