Over the past few months, vestiges of our country’s entrenched racial injustice, racial inequities, and racism have culminated in the eruption of pain, grief and fatigue that we have seen across this country. Latent contributors to this eruption have been silence, a blind eye, and complacency of good-hearted people.
We will not remain silent. We will never turn a blind eye. We refuse to be complacent.
Corporate citizenship refers to a company’s responsibilities to society. The goal is to produce higher standards of living and quality of life for the communities they are part of.
We take very seriously our responsibility to leverage our position, platform, resources and influence to create the safe, secure quality of life we all deserve. We are committed to do all that we can to move us toward a more just and equitable society. Our commitment begins here.
- Continue to strengthen and structure our organization to combat institutional and systemic racism within our company and the sports sector
- Amplify and augment voices in our company and community that are leading racial justice work
- Financially invest in community-based nonprofit organizations that have been leading racial justice work
- Encourage our fans and supporters to use their own voices for positive change in their communities
Rip City, we are all in this together.
RACIAL INJUSTICE FUND OF THE TRAIL BLAZERS FOUNDATION
We have shared the above commitment publicly with staff, partners, and fans, and now are moving toward action.
The first step is to collect and distribute critical financial investments to high-quality local and national nonprofit organizations that are working in this space. Therefore, the Trail Blazers Foundation has established the Racial Injustice Fund to support organizations advocating for racial justice and police reform.
Contributions from leadership, players, and employees have seeded this fund, and now we invite fans to donate. One hundred percent of your gift and all donations collected in this Fund will go to nonprofits working in this space, and your donation is tax-deductible.