BU Born, son of Ukabhai
and Diwaliben. Grew up on a farm
in Singod/Tarsadia village region in
BU graduated with a Bachelor of
Commerce from University of Baroda,
Gujarat. Upon graduation BU, encouraged
by his father, traveled to Africa to explore a
new world and economic opportunities.
He settled in Zambia and established his
first business – a small general store out of
his home, and went on to build a successful
clothing manufacturing business.
BU led the family to the United States to
pursue education for his kids and continue
his journey as an entrepreneur.
BU purchased a small motel in Anaheim.
For BU, this was a chance to start a small
business to support his family and secure a
place for them to live. With humble
beginnings, the children and parents came
together to run the motel and take their first
steps in the hospitality sector.
The family business continued
to grow, becoming leaders in
hospitality, real estate and
investment in Orange County, CA.
BU and Pushpa Patel establish the
Singod Foundation to honor the
family’s legacy of giving back to
the community and its
commitments to selfless giving.
The original name referenced the
family village in India.
The foundation awards its first
large grant to Bardoli Pradesh
Kelavani Mandal (BPKM), an
trust. This partnership planted
the seeds for the launch of Uka
Tarsadia University five years later.
The Foundation works to bring
more structure to its governance,
creating granting committees for
education and health, and
launching the Junior Board to
engage the next generation.
The Foundation also writes its first
mission statement and initiates a
formal grant-making process.
The Foundation changes its name
to Tarsadia, a region in the state of
Gujarat where the family had its
Shirish Dayal is brought on as the
Foundation’s first executive
The Uka Tarsadia University
(UTU) is established in Surat.
Within 8 years, it will be ranked in
the top 200 universities in India.
The Foundation organizes its first
service event with Kaboom, a
U.S.-based nonprofit dedicated to
bringing balanced and active play
to children, especially those
growing up in poverty.
The Diwaliben Trust is established
to promote education, health and
community development in and
The first Youth Philanthropy
Connect event is held with
Tarsadia as a founding partner. The
project connects youth ages 8
to 21 and seeks to inspire the next
generation of philanthropists.
Mike Patel hosts our first Grantee
Reception to recognize partners
and foster community.
The Foundation strengthens its
philanthropic efforts by establishing
multi-year grants with Orange County-
Partnership established with Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Orange
County and Inland Empire. The
Foundation’s work has touched
more than 250 students since the
partnership began and has achieved
a 95% graduation rate.
Other key partnerships established
with Lestonnac Fee Clinic, Colette’s
Children’s Home and Boys and Girls
Club of Central Orange Coast.
The annual Family Retreat heads
to South Dakota for an
educational experience with True
Sioux Hope, where we gained a
better understanding of the issues
facing the American Indian
The Foundation celebrates its
10-year anniversary and
completes strategic projects that
will lay the foundation for future
giving. We continue to look at new
strategies in the area of impact