Led by a guiding principle that “helping hands are better than praying
lips,” Mohan Kommanaboina, a Manager at KPMG, continues to lead
the charge on behalf of KMPG to donate time and money to a variety of
causes, including KPMG’s Family for Literacy, St. Jude Hospital, American Heart Association, BNPEF, as well as many international charities.
It goes without saying that
Kommanaboina, a Consulting
magazine Rising Star of The
Profession Award winner in
2015, has a passion for com-
munity service, which goes all
the way back to his teenage years in India
when he was awarded the URDES-India
award for his volunteer efforts.
But the accolades don’t stop there: He’s
also a winner of KPMG’s National Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Volunteerism for his various efforts, including:
Adopting five schools in Newark, N.J.
with KPMG support since 2008, donating over 50,000 books under KPMG’s
KFFL—KPMG Family for Literacy program and providing basic infrastructure
like water filtration for drinking water,
fans, desks, books, pens, school bags and
laptop computers for four primary schools
in India. His efforts with KFFL are well
documented and were part of the reason KPMG won a Social & Community
Investment Award in 2015.
Another major benefactor of Kommanaboina’s kindness is St. Jude Hospitals. Every year, he donates 10 percent
of his salary to the hospitals and says he
has helped fund 15 cancer operations for
children under the age of five.
“At the end of the day, this is what
makes me happy,” he says. “I’ve been
doing this type of thing since my teenage
years.” Kommanaboina says that he just
wants, as is the case with all of charitable
efforts, to make sure those kids have a
chance. “The same chances I had and I
have,” he says. “Nothing in the world can
compare to that—a chance.”
Back in 2000, Kommanaboina lost
his brother to Hepatitis B in India.
“That sort of got me started and I knew
I wanted to start doing something,”
he says. “It was because of a lack of
resources that I lost my brother. So,
that’s been a big part of my motivation
ever since. I think I gained a respect for
how fragile and how important a human
life is. So, I may have lost one brother,
but I can save a lot of lives. I can help
make their dreams become a reality.
That’s the way I look at it.”
Kommanaboina says he feels blessed
that God gave him something and he
feels the need to give back.
“I don’t want to sit around and wait for
someone else to do something,” he says.
And he’s not waiting.
There’s still more charitable work to
chronicle: over the last six years, he’s
also sponsored and provided financial
support to 20 low-income children for
their education up until 10th grade.
Kommanaboina is also proud of his
efforts in his other home where he had
conducted medical awareness programs
in India, where he helped infants get
“Whether it’s here or there, I just want
to do whatever I can do,” Kommanaboina
says. “And through it all, KPMG has
been there to support my efforts every
step of the way.”