Trail Blazers Foundation

Trail Blazers Foundation Mission

The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting the lives of individuals from communities that have been historically underserved or marginalized with a focus on where youth live, learn, and play.

Providing funds to nonprofits across Oregon and SW Washington

The Trail Blazers are dedicated to positively impacting the lives of individuals who have been historically underserved based on race, gender, ability, immigration status, LGBTQ+ identity, and rural residence. The Foundation gives grants to nonprofits, schools and youth and is funded through meaningful corporate partnerships, revenue from Trail Blazers license plate sales and the 5050 raffle, in-game and online auctions, as well as other fundraising efforts.

Since 2011, the Trail Blazers Foundation has been dedicated to positively impacting underserved youth and families where they live, learn, and play throughout our region. Our foundation has an opportunity and responsibility to positively impact our community as inclusively and equitably as possible. As such we are committed to:

  • Funding mission-driven organizations who create stronger and more equitable communities
  • Amplifying the perspectives of a diverse and inclusive governing board, young professionals board, and group of committees
  • Valuing perspectives garnered from lived experience to continuously improve policies and practices and programs
  • Considering and seeking to address societal inequities that disproportionately impact specific group

We are always learning and trying to improve our work in this space. We continue to be inspired by the work and dedication of community organizations and will move together towards a shared future that we can all be proud of. We ask that you join us in supporting these organizations and others in your community that are advancing equity, and that you continue to advance this work within your own sphere of influence.

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Dwight Adkins (Vice Chair): Strategic Consultant • Swaim Strategies
Bill Christensen (Board Treasurer): Chief Financial Officer • Portland Trail Blazers
Ashley Clinkscale Senior Vice President, Communications, Community & Diversity • Portland Trail Blazers
Karol Collymore: Portfolio Director, Social & Community Impact • Nike, Inc.
Tracy Curtis (Chair): Regional President • Wells Fargo
Steve Foltz: Franchisee • Jamba Juice
Jonathan Garcia: Chief Engagement Officer • Portland Public Schools
Ben Lauritsen (Board Secretary): SVP of Legal and Corporate Affairs • Portland Trail Blazers
Chris McGowan: President and CEO • Portland Trail Blazers
Diana Nuñez: Interim Executive Director • Oregon Environmental Council
Christa Stout(Vice Chair): Senior Vice President, Innovation & Technology • Portland Trail Blazers

Cambria Benson: Brand Development • Groundwork Industries
Jay Bayat: Multnomah Endodontics & Microsurgery
Brian Brock: Corporate Business Development • DARKO Displays
James Falvey: Business Development Manager • Stoller Family Estate
Dana Shephard: Housing Program Coordinator • City of Portland
Sam Isaac: VP, District Manager • Wells Fargo Bank
Matthew Juhren: Slinde Nelson
David Lucas: Executive Director • Maurice Lucas Foundation
Natalie Nishitani: Social Responsibility Coordinator • Portland Trail Blazers
Harrison Osbourn: Director of Strategic Planning • Tillamook County Creamery Association
Lauren Osbourn: Vice President, Commercial Banking • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Dan Schienman: Corporate Partnership, Business Development Manager • Portland Trail Blazers
Jonathan Stephens: Marketing Coordinator • Legacy Health
Yuki Tanaka: Director, Agency Sales • Resonate
Chabre Vickers: Community Development Officer, OR/SW Washington Community Relations Consultant • Wells Fargo
Nicholas Warren: Vice President & Account Executive • Parker, Smith & Feek
Miranda Zimmerli: Talent Acquisition, Diversity & Inclusion • PGE

HISTORICAL GIVING

Since 2009, the Trail Blazers Foundation and Trail Blazers Inc have donated more than $7 million to local communities.

FUNDING FOR NON-PROFITS

RIP CITY 5050 RAFFLE

Apply for your organization to volunteer and receive funds from the 5050 raffle.

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RACIAL INJUSTICE FUND

The Racial Injustice Fund collects and distributes critical financial investments to high-quality local and national nonprofit organizations advocating for racial justice and police reform.

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LIVE GREENER GRANT

PRESENTED BY AVANGRID

General operating support or program funding for organizations connecting youth with the environment for education, preservation, and employment.

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LEARN GRANT

General operating support or program funding is available to 501c3 organizations supporting and engaging youth on their journey to and through high school.

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PLAY GRANT

General operating support or program funding is available to 501c3 organizations that provide access to sport and physical activity for underserved youth.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOLS & STUDENTS

TAKE IT TO THE COURT

The Trail Blazers Foundation and Wells Fargo teamed up to provide $150,000 in funding to school across Oregon and SW Washington to support their academic, art, and athletic programs during the 2019-20 season.

LEGENDS SCHOLARSHIP

FOR STUDENTS

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. To apply, register through the OSAC Student Portal, and search for "Trail Blazers Legends". Applications open November 1, and close March 1.

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Request an in-kind donation for fundraising.

Complete this form to request an in-kind item from the Trail Blazers for your auction or raffle.

Ways to support the Trail Blazers Foundation

CHARITABLE DONATIONS

Make a tax-deductible donation to support the Foundation’s efforts to fund nonprofits, schools, and students across the state.

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5050 RAFFLE

Purchase 5050 Raffle Tickets at any of our Home Games for a chance to win 50% of the jackpot, with the other 50% going to benefit the Trail Blazers Foundation and other local nonprofits.

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LICENSE PLATES

Register for a Rip City license plate at your local DMV and surcharge funds will go to the Trail Blazers Foundation to grant statewide.

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BUY THROUGH AMAZONSMILE

The Trail Blazers Foundation participates in the AmazonSmile program. Register today to have a portion of your purchases donated to the Trail Blazers Foundation!

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EMPLOYEE GIVING

Employees of the Rose Quarter give generously each year to support the foundation and collectively choose local nonprofits to receive donated funds.

EXCLUSIVE AUCTION

Bid on exclusive Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter experiences and items online! All proceeds benefit the Trail Blazers Foundation.

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1 N CENTER CT ST, SUITE 200, PORTLAND, OR 97227

Questions? Email us or call 503-234-9291 directly.

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