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OC50 2024: BU PATEL

BU PATEL
FOUNDER
TARSADIA FOUNDATION

WHO: Bhikhubhai Ukabhai “BU” Patel grew up in a small village in Gujarat, India, where he worked as a farmer and put himself through college before relocating his family to Zambia, where he built a successful manufacturing business. BU and his family settled in the U.S. and built up a hotel chain.

WHY: Tarsadia Foundation was founded in 2009 by BU Patel. Three generations of the family reside in the U.S. today. Maya Patel is the foundation’s CEO. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations that provide educational opportunities for the underserved, support health and well-being of the community, and help people find employment. BU and Pushpa Patel started the foundation in India.

IN THE NEWS: Tarsadia Foundation was a lead contributor to the $1M endowment fund provided to the Leela Dance Collective of Los Angeles.

NOTABLE: In the 1970s, BU purchased Dunes Motel along with eight other motel properties in Southern California, starting the family’s expanding U.S. business.

IN THEIR WORDS: “As an immigrant family that came from very humble beginnings, we were very lucky to access economic opportunities that have allowed us to help others who are less fortunate. We believe it is our responsibility to ethically, effectively and equitably give back to our community—not just a transactional give, but to give with our heart and soul.” —Tarsadia Foundation CEO Maya Patel

LEARN MORE: tarsadiafoundation.org

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