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.
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
Since 2009, the Trail Blazers Foundation and Trail Blazers Inc have donated more than $7 million to local communities.
FUNDING FOR NON-PROFITS
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SCHOOLS & STUDENTS
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