The Trail Blazers Foundation is pleased to grant over $300,000 to 46 organizations across Oregon and SW Washington that support underserved kids and families where they live, learn, and play.

Recipients

For the first time, we are pleased to fund 17 nonprofit organizations through our Live grants to provide general operating or programming support for engaging youth with the environment.

Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

APANO Communities United Fund - Empowering Asian Pacific Islander youth by offering them new experiences and skills in building environmental stewardship through youth meetings and nature excursions.

Bonneville Environmental Foundation - Supporting CE, a leading edge clean energy and career connected education program that prepares the next generation to lead a clean energy future and create thriving, resilient communities.

Camp ELSO Inc. - Training and inspiring confident future science and environmental leaders of color through STEM education and career opportunities.

Dairy Creek Community Food Web - Installing and enhancing school gardens to improve and encourage environmental stewardship, connection to place, and support local food security.

FoodCorps - Connecting Oregon children to real food and the environment through experiential, garden-enhanced education.

Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington - Increasing the connection between underserved Latina girls and the outdoors through family day camps.

Janus Youth Programs, Inc. - Building community cohesion in North Portland affordable housing developments through the operation of a youth-run, certified organic, 2.5 acre farm business that links food security and land conservation.

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership - Providing underserved students with real-world science including a hands-on outdoor project that improves habitat and increases their personal connection to local natural areas.

North Fork John Day Watershed Council - Providing teens and young adults of Grant County, Oregon the opportunity to obtain job skills in the natural resource industry.

Northwest Youth Corps - Enhancing an academic and training program where youth and young adults will learn to protect, restore and enhance public lands throughout Oregon and the Northwest while receiving academic credits.

School Garden Project of Lane County - Supporting the school-day Science in the Garden education program to improve knowledge of science and natural systems in elementary aged students.

The Blueprint Foundation - Facilitating a mentoring program that uses site-based learning, environmental stewardship and student-driven community education initiatives to diversify the green movement.

Tualatin Riverkeepers - Enhancing environmental education to provide hands-on field trips for 600 students from Title 1 schools and culturally-specific organizations.

Upper Deschutes Watershed Council - Engaging community members in stream restoration and stewardship activities while educating and engaging children in environmental education and stewardship.

Verde - Funding the Living Cully Habitat program, designed to educate Cully youth and families as well as improve water quality and habitat by designing and building new raingardens for low-income households.

Vive Northwest - Providing valuable information and outdoor experiences to Latino youth to empower them to live a healthier and more engaged lifestyle while creating career development opportunities and fostering a sense of ownership and stewardship towards the environment.

World Salmon Council - Improving scientific and environmental literacy by providing hands-on outdoor learning experiences and stewardship projects.

Vision

We believe our home court extends far beyond the arena. Everything we do in our lives makes an impact, so join us in our efforts to protect our planet and our community to ensure a brighter future for generations to come. We are always looking for innovative ways to reduce our environmental impact and inspire the next generation to do the same. 

LIVE Grant

One of the ways the Trail Blazers invests in our region is by providing cash grants through our foundation to organizations that fit our mission. When it comes to our ‘LIVE’ focus area, these are organizations throughout Oregon that are engaging youth with the environment. It is in all of our best interests to reduce our environmental impacts. At the Moda Center we focus on reducing our waste, water and energy use, transportation impacts, and on sourcing local and sustainable food. The LIVE grant funds organizations that reflect our commitment to reducing our impact across these areas with their youth programming. If your organization connects youth to the environment in a way that either helps him/her protect it, reduce their impact on it, and/or learn job skills related to it, the LIVE grant could be a great fit for you. 

Through our LIVE grant we give

  • Grants of up to $10,000
  • To organizations with a mission or primary goal of engaging historically under-served youth with the environment. Additionally, if your organization's mission does not completely align, but you have specific programming that supports these goals, we also invite you to apply.
  • Unrestricted funding to 501c3 organizations serving youth in Oregon or Clark County, Washington

We prioritize organizations that

  • Work with youth who are coming from communities that have been historically underserved based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability/disability, sexual orientation, or other factors.
  • Represent geographic diversity. Since we raise money from fans across the state for the Trail Blazers Foundation, it is important for us to give back to communities throughout the state.
  • Are able to show – either through quantitative or qualitative means – that the existence of their program has made a difference in the lives of youth in connection to the environment. As an example – the skills gained at an outdoor camp on a student’s resume helped him/her land a parks job after graduating from high school, or growing vegetables through your program teaches youth and their family how to grow produce that gets sent home with them, etc.
  • Are directly serving youth and families
  • Have not received funding from the Trail Blazers Foundation in the past year

We are not able to give to

  • Individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Schools
  • Government entities
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, class, gender, or ethnicity, or politically or religiously affiliated organizations