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): Events & Sponsorship Manager
• NW Natural
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
Diana Nuñez: Executive Director • Oregon Environmental Council
Christa Stout (Vice Chair): Senior Vice President, Innovation & Technology • Portland Trail Blazers
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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Ways to support the Trail Blazers Foundation