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Vail spotlight: Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyVail spotlight: The founders of the Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation (in no particular order): David and Pat Hamilton; David Haakenson; Stew and

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Organization name: Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation

Executive Director/president: David Haakenson

Phone number: 970-845-7655

Web address: Applications are available online.

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Years in business: 5

What is the organization’s mission and who benefits from its work?

Swift Eagle’s mission is to provide swift financial assistance to Eagle County residents for personal and living expenses during times of hardship or crisis.

Where does your funding come from?

We rely on individuals, grants and one or two fundraisers a year for our funding. Last year we received grants from both United Way and Steamaster. This summer we’ll be hosting two fundraisers: Our annual La Bella Festa Bocce Tournament will be Sunday, June 21, and our second “Evening With Phil Jackson” will be Sunday, Sept. 13 at the 4 Eagle Ranch. We have several sponsorship levels available for both events. People can call Ginny Snowdon at 970-949-5279 for Bocce information, and David Haakenson at 970-845-7655 for information on the Phil Jackson event.

How many staff members work for you?

As an all-volunteer group with little to no overhead, people can be reassured that their donations go directly to those we’re trying to help.

Anything else you’d like the community to know about the organization?

Swift Eagle was founded in 2004 in response to a dream David Haakenson had about starting a charitable foundation called Swift Eagle, to help Eagle County residents in times of crisis. Coincidentally, David’s friend Phil Jackson, the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, was given the name ‘Swift Eagle’ by the Lakota Indians in South Dakota where he’d hosted children’s basketball camps. Jackson responded to Haakenson’s dream by agreeing to be the organization’s honorary chairman. Our 19 founders are long time locals with strong ties to the valley and its communities, and we credit much of our success in helping others to the grassroots movement among the people of this county.

Contact Community Editor Lauren Glendenning at 970-748-2983 or

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