Vail Valley Spotlight: United Way |

Vail Valley Spotlight: United Way

Vail Valley, CO Colorado
Special to the DailyThe Vail Jazz Foundation is one of the local nonprofits that received grant money from the United Way this year. The money allowed the Foundation to continue its "Jazz Goes to School" program.

Director/President: Gretchen Gayton, director, and Tracey Samdahl, board president

Location: We do not have a physical location. Our address is P.O. Box 1833, Eagle, CO, 81631

Phone Number: 970-479-2895

Web Address:

Years in Business: 10

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

The United Way is a national network of more than 1,300 local organizations. Its mission is “to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.”

We have one of those local organizations right here in Eagle County. Funds donated to the United Way of Eagle River Valley are granted to a wide variety of nonprofit agencies on an annual basis.These agencies use our grant monies to support programs they may otherwise have not been able to fund.

All of the money raised in Eagle County stays in Eagle County. Our primary area of focus is “kids, family and community.” Eagle County Needs Assessment data helps us guide the direction of grant money.

Some of the agencies we support are The Salvation Army, SOS Outreach, Literacy Project, Eagle Care Medical Clinic, CASA and the Red Ribbon Project. A complete list of nonprofits that have benefitted from United Way donations is on our Web site.

Where does your funding come from?

We have an annual direct mail campaign that reaches previous and potential donors. We also have corporate campaigns, where employees can donate through their paychecks, either one time or ongoing.

How many staff members work for you?

The director is the only staff member and that position is part-time. We use freelance services for bookkeeping and accounting. The Board is all-volunteer and we have several corporate sponsors that help us with our marketing costs.

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

The United Way has a proven track record of helping people in need, and this coming year more people from our community will be in need. We operate with very low administrative costs and therefore can optimize fund allocation. The Board of Directors has a rigorous approval process for grant requests that ensures we are funding successful programs and serving as many people as possible. One donation to the United Way can be distributed to multiple areas of need.

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

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