Published on 27 Feb 2020

Many drops make a shower

"I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to obtain a quality education, to give them the stepping stone they need." Nanyang MBA '18 alumnus Pravin Raj shares why he is giving back.

For many, the concept of philanthropy is often associated with the size of donations. But philanthropy isn’t about how much money you have. There’s no magic figure in your bank account that suddenly turns you into a philanthropist. 


The spirit of philanthropy is a desire to contribute to society and improve the lives of others. It’s about an intention and choosing to act upon that intention to make a difference. Regardless of who we are, or what we do, we all have the power to give back. 


NBS MBA alumnus Pravin Raj understands this. Within his own cohort, he saw first-hand the transformative impact of scholarships. Without financial support, many promising studen​ts would never have had the opportunity to study at NBS. When he received his MBA in 2018, Pravin was inspired to make an annual donation to ensure these opportunities were available to more students.

“I believe everyone deserves the oppo​rtunity to obtain a quality education, to give them the stepping stone they need,” he shares.

“A mentor once told me that he had always wanted to give back in his 20s and 30s. He kept telling himself ‘I’d do it later, I’d do it later’, but he never felt the time was right. Before he knew it, 40 years had passed.”

This proved to be a valuable lesson for Pravin. “It’s never too early to give back,” he says. “It’s not about the size of the donation. The positive impact that you can create in the lives of others cannot be underestimated. Every little bit helps.”

Every gift to NBS has the power to make a difference. Gifts from alumni play an important role in allowing NBS to extend beyond our core programs and provide greater opportunities to students. Gifts to NBS directly support students through scholarships and bursaries, promote academic and research excellence of our faculty, and maintain the reputation of the school as a leading global educator of future business leaders. Find out more about the ways you can support your alma mater.

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