Recently, the Mendoza College of Business handed out its annual alumni awards, recognizing alums from all graduate programs who continue to strive for excellence after graduation. Jordan Karcher, who earned his Notre Dame MBA in 2015, received the “The Ask More of Business Award,” which recognizes alums who develop businesses that are not only successful in their industries, but also have a specific goal of making a positive impact on its local community.
Jordan Karcher MBA '15, with Molly, the inspiration for his business Grounds & Hounds
While in the MBA program at Mendoza, Karcher founded Grounds & Hounds, an online coffee provider that has a strong social mission: Each year, 20 percent of all profits are donated to local animal rescue organizations. To date, the company has supported organizations in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Chicago; South Bend; Washington, DC; Dallas; Nashville; Charleston, SC among others.
At the award ceremony, which took place on the campus of the University of Notre Dame October 12, Karcher stated that “receiving the ‘Ask More of Business Award’ is both exciting and humbling. Five years ago, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. was nothing more than a dream to make a difference for a few dogs in need of a helping hand. But, with the support of the Mendoza staff and a few passionate classmates, the dream evolved into a fully functioning social impact organization, which has grown to benefit hundreds of organizations and thousands of at-risk dogs throughout the country. Notre Dame's ethos to represent more than a bottom line is inseparable from our brand identity and culture, and I am honored to be an everyday advocate to Ask More of Business.”
The award wasn’t the only highlight of Karcher’s week: His journey was among the “inspiring stories” featured in the Catholic publication Aleteia. Read the story here.