An unrelenting dedication to helping the community was set forth by Portland Trail Blazers founder Harry Glickman in 1970 and not much has changed since then. In 2007, all of the volunteer efforts, community support and engagement began to fall under a single rally cry, to help make it better. Since then, Trail Blazers staff, team and fans lent more than 325,000 assists, impacting the lives of individuals across Oregon and southwest Washington.

Inspired by a simple but passionate plea from Coach Nate McMillan to his players at one of his first team practices as the Trail Blazers head coach, make it better now assumes its role as representing all that the organization strives to do in the community, on the court, and in our business. A daily challenge that reminds us there’s still work to do, make it better brands the team’s on-going commitment to improving the lives of children and their families around the region. The team has ambitious goals to prove to this city and state that these young men will give all they have to earn respect as athletes and active members of this community. Along with McMillan, Trail Blazers President Larry Miller leads this franchise by example, committing every day to make it better.

The Trail Blazers have great respect for former team members and celebrates Portland being host to one of the NBA’s largest alumni retirement communities. Familiar faces are incorporated into the team’s work off the court, honoring the legacy of commitment to the community that was the fabric of this team from its inception.

With a strong commitment to grow our game, the team is committed to providing time, talent and resources to enhance or create opportunities for young people to play basketball. By the end of 2007, 12 high school basketball courts were refurbished in the Portland Interscholastic League (PIL) benefiting thousands of student athletes in Portland Public Schools. The team continues to champion projects that will help bring attention to some of the state’s most critical areas of need. Projects include recruiting mentors, encouraging kids to be active, supporting efforts to provide students with the necessary resources and skills to be successful in school, and supporting Portland’s vision plan to end homelessness for children, families and individuals.

In 2010, the Trail Blazers established the make it better foundation in an effort to grant funds to local non-profits that exemplify the mission to help make our community a better place for children and their families to live, learn and play.

If you would like to make a donation, please send as a check to:

make it better foundation
One Center Court, Suite 200
Portland, OR. 97227