Introducing the Sport for Health Grant
Apply today for your organization to receive the Trail Blazers Foundation’s first-ever Sport for Health grants. If you’re working to get kids healthy and fit through activity-based programming, your organization may qualify for a one-year grant of up to $15,000.
Overview and Focus
The Trail Blazers Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Oregon and SW Washington that are dedicated to helping children and families where they live, learn, and play. We strive to leverage unique fundraising platforms that enable us to make meaningful contributions to nonprofits through a variety of channels.
Trail Blazers Foundation Corporate Partner 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 make it better partners. With a generous $70,000 donation from the Safeway Foundation, in 2013-14 proceeds from the raffle supported over $144,000 in grants to nonprofit partners.Through the generosity and creativity of Trail Blazers corporate partners, we run the following initiatives throughout the 2014-15 season:
Take it to the Court For Education sponsored by Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo is funding up to $75,000 in grants to teachers and schools across Oregon and S.W. Washington to support their academic, art and athletic, or community programs. Apply for funding through Take it to the Court.
Trail Blazers Foundation make it better College Scholarship Program sponsored by Wells Fargo: Wells Fargo and Wesley Matthews are teaming up to award $5,000 college scholarships to deserving students in Oregon and SW Washington. Click here for more info.
Moda Give & Go Assist Program: For every assist made on the court during the season, the Trail Blazers and Moda will each donate $5 to the Trail Blazers Foundation to support building an all abilities playground with Portland Parks & Recreation at the end of this season. Fans can learn more and join us!
Additional Trail Blazers Foundation Initiatives
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 the Community 101 program at Imbler High School, West Albany High School, and Ridgeview High School during the 2014-15 school year.
Rose Quarter Employee Giving: Employees of the Rose Quarter give generously each year to support the foundation. In 2013-14, employees donated over $13,000 to support:
make it better Board of Professionals: Our make it better Board of Professionals is committed to raising money for one nonprofit organization each season. This season the board will raise money for IRCO to help empower the citizens of tomorrow – today, and will work together on a service project to give back to the IRCO community.
Trail Blazers Foundation Board
The Trail Blazers Foundation board is comprised of the following board members:
- Chris McGowan: President, Portland Trail Blazers
- Margaret Carter (Board Chair): Retired Oregon State Senator
- Traci 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): Community Relations, Legacy Health and Legacy Emanuel Medical
- Michael Lewellen: VP of Corporate Communications, Portland Trail Blazers
- Sara Osborne: Public and Government Affairs Director and the Director of the Safeway Foundation for the Northwest Division of Safeway Inc.
- Diana Nunez: Community Outreach Manager for the City of Portland Mayor’s Office of Charlie Hales
- Ben Lauritsen (Board President): VP of Social Responsibility and Legal Affairs, Portland Trail Blazers
- Bill Christensen (Board Treasurer): VP of Finance, Portland Trail Blazers
Make it Better Merchandise
Fans, you can sport new gear AND spread some cheer this season when you purchase a variety of ‘make it better’ merchandise at the Fan Shop.
Look for specially-marked ‘make it better’ items to benefit local youth where they live, learn and play through the Trail Blazers Foundation.
Join us in our efforts to make it better in our community!