The Trail Blazers Foundation

The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting the lives of children and families who have been historically underserved, where the 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, Nike, Moda Health and CarMax, through revenue from Trail Blazers license plate sales, as well as through our own fundraising efforts. Throughout the 2016-17 season, Trail Blazers Inc. & Trail Blazers Foundation successfully gave $1.59 million of in-kind donations and $950,501 in grant dollars to local communities.

Trail Blazers Foundation

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. Apply for your school by January 1, 2018.

For Nonprofits: Open February – April 13, 2018

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.

Trail Blazers Foundation Legends Scholarship

Inspired by the commitment and resilience of former players, the Trail Blazers Legends Scholarship was established to reward students who create their own success, who persevere in the face of challenges, and who generously donate their time to improve the lives of those around them.

Legendary Trail Blazers players gave everything they had on the floor. They also dedicated themselves to the community that supported their efforts on the basketball court. There was no greater example than the late, great Jerome Kersey. He cared about people and purpose more than points scored. Jerome and his fellow alumni were admired for their athletic abilities, but this scholarship reflects the work ethic that made their achievements possible and an enthusiasm for sharing their success with others.

To apply, register through the OSAC Student Portal, and search for "Trail Blazers Legends".

Jamba Juice + Trail Blazers Tumblers

Jamba makes it easy to stay fit while you have fun! And now when you’re fueling up at Jamba, you can support our Blazers with new custom tumblers. $1 from every tumbler is donated to the Trail Blazers Foundation to help positively impact underserved kids and families where they live, learn, and play. Stop by your local Jamba Juice store to purchase one today!

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.

Additional Trail Blazers Foundation Initiatives

Rip City 5050 Raffle: 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. If you’re interested in having your organization participate in 5050, please e-mail genevieve.sheridan@trailblazers.com.

Community 101 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 are supporting Eagle Point High School, Scappoose High School, and Thurston High School during the 2017-18 season.

Rose Quarter Employee Giving: Employees of the Rose Quarter give generously each year to support the foundation. In 2017, employees donated $15,000 to support:

Trail Blazers Foundation Board

  • Chris McGowan: President and CEO, Portland Trail Blazers
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dwight Adkins  Strategic Consultant, Swaim Strategies

Trail Blazers Foundation 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.

  • Jenna Wilson Executive Assistant to the General Manager, Rip City Management
  • Dan Schienman Corporate Partnership Marketing Manager, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Josh Schlesinger Vice President & Asset Manager, Schlesinger Companies
  • Amanda Laycock Chase Bank
  • Chris Edwards M&A Technical Accounting Manager, Intel Corporation
  • David Lucas Executive Director, Maurice Lucas Foundation
  • Brian Brock Corporate Business Development, DARKO Displays
  • Chabre Vickers Community Relations Manager, Portland Community College
  • James Falvey Business Development Manager, Stoller Family Vineyards
  • Sarah Kintz PCS Audit Analyst, Fisher Investments
  • Pamela Weatherspoon Diversity & Community Engagement Program Manager, Legacy Health
  • Natalie Nishitani Operations and Program Coordinator, Green Sports Alliance
  • Riley Newcomer District Manager, Pure Storage
  • Lauren Osbourn Vice President, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Jonathan Stephens Marketing Coordinator Legacy Health
  • David Weinstein Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bobs Metals Inc.
  • Nicholas Warren Vice President and Account Executive Parker, Smith & Feek
  • Justin Fisher Assistant Athletic Director of Development, Major Gifts and Strategic Planning University of Oregon Athletics
  • Cyreena Boston Chief Executive Officer, Oregon Public Health Institute
  • Kwang-yi Ger Gale Business and Immigration Attorney, Paparelli & Partners LLP
  • Dana K. Fuller Division Dean, Social Sciences and Health Portland Community College
  • Cambria Benson Brand Development, Director Groundwork Industries
  • Jade Freeman Compliance Manager, Simple Finance
  • Dwight Adkins Senior Project Manager, Marketing Manager, Swaim Strategies

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