When University of North Dakota alum Kyle Thorson took ownership of the Archives Coffee House in 2016, he wasn’t just looking to get quality caffeine coursing through the veins of the campus community.
He wanted to get a strong sense of giving percolating in their hearts.
“Archives is really a way for me to give back to the community,” said Thorson, who works an additional full-time job to make his income, pouring his coffee shop earnings elsewhere. “I’m just using the profits to keep the business up and contribute to local organizations as much as I can.”
Thorson used his business training from UND to become a community leader in action.
After completing his UND undergrad in political science, he opted to pursue a master’s in Public Administration – which opened his eyes to the world of social business.
“I was really intrigued by this idea of using private, for-profit business work to help local non-profit organizations. So I did that for the cognate courses for my master’s program, and I loved it a lot,” Thorson said.
Thorson has partnered with a variety of non-profit organizations over the past two years to offer financial assistance, event space and general support, including the Community Violence Intervention Center, Global Friends Coalition, ArtWise, the food pantry and several advocacy groups.
Now, he’s teaming up with UND and the Alumni Association & Foundation (AA&F) to help sponsor Spirit Week – five days of events (Feb. 19-23) showing students the impact of donor support and how they can find ways to say ‘thanks.’
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