The Colorado Springs-based Dakota Foundation recently announced the selection of Discover Goodwill as the recipient of its inaugural Ian K. Helms Award for Social Entrepreneurship, which provides up to $100,000 in capital to philanthropic organizations for launching social ventures. The Dakota Foundation awarded Discover Goodwill $75,000 in the form of a program related investment to be used for capital, as well as a $25,000 grant.
Discover Goodwill will use the award to expand its newest social enterprise—Things Forgotten but Not Gone (TFNG), a move management, downsizing service that helps seniors and their families navigate the often-difficult transition to a smaller residence or assisted-living community. In addition, TFNG is perfect for anyone who needs downsizing, relocation, house-clearing, consignment or estate sales services. “Discover Goodwill is deeply honored to receive the first Ian K. Helms Award,” said President and CEO Karla Grazier. “We will put this generous award to good use helping our seniors maximize their independence while maintaining their dignity.”
The Ian K. Helms Award is named in memory of Captain Ian K. Helms, a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Captain Helms was a Distinguished Graduate of the Academy and was Wing Commander (the highest-ranking cadet). He received a graduate degree from Oxford University while studying on an Alberta and Sidney Holaday Scholarship at Exeter College. Captain Helms flew a B-1 bomber in combat, supporting U.S. military efforts in the Middle East; he tragically succumbed to cancer in 2016. In honor of Helms’ legacy of leadership, patriotism and devotion to service, the Dakota Foundation created the award in his name.
To learn more about Discover Goodwill’s TFNG program and services, click here.