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Ratan Tata gives $50 million to Harvard

November 8, 2010

Ratan Tata, Drew Faust, Nitin Nohria (c/o HBS)

We’re proud to see our alma mater Harvard being blessed by gifts from South Asian donors of late (see my earlier post on Anand Mahindra’s gift for a new humanities center).  Well, the famous Ratan Tata just gave $50 million to Harvard Business School for executive education:

[T]he Tata Companies, the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, and the Tata Education and Development Trust, which are philanthropic arms of the Tata Group, India’s largest company, are donating $50 million to the School.

The gift, the largest from an international donor in the School’s history, will fund a new HBS facility to support the School’s broad range of executive education programs.

We’ve written about Ratan Tata before – here on corporate citizenship, and here on his large gift to Cornell.  It’s great to see South Asians involved in philanthropy in such high-profile ways, especially at an institution like Harvard.  I found it interesting that Ratan Tata took an executive course at HBS himself, and was obviously so impacted by it that he then decided to support the school in such a major way.  This highlights the point we often discuss here about how people – not just South Asians – often choose our philanthropy based on our own experiences…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 29, 2015 9:18 am

    Sir Ratan Tata is a pioneer of philanthropy in India. The kind of work he has done for the people of India and the way he has always lent his helping hand is simply commendable. Just like Sir Ratan Tata, Dr P Mohamed Ali is a well known philanthropist from the middle-east, who has sacrificed his major part of life doing social work.


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