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Patels give $12 million to USF

October 10, 2012

Patel family with USF President Judy Genshaft (c/o USF)

The University of South Florida reports that:

Drs. Kiran C. and Pallavi Patel have donated $12 million to [USF] in a new endowment aimed at creating the Patel College of Global Sustainability, expanding on nearly a decade of world-leading applied research to advance sustainability around the globe and improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.

What an awesome gift!  And it brings their total giving to almost $26 million – which must be some of the largest South Asian American giving out there.  It’s interesting to observe these multi-million gifts to universities, emphasizing again the value that our community places on education.

The Patel College does some really cool stuff, including research on clean drinking water in Africa, joint research with the UN on emerging cities in the developing world, and collaboration with researchers in the Netherlands about the Tampa region and “urban flooding challenges brought by hurricanes and rising sea levels.”

A little about the couple:

The Zambia-born Kiran and Pallavi met while studying medicine in Pallavi’s native India, and they both received advanced degrees at Columbia University before founding a successful physician-owned and -run managed-care plan.

A hearty congratulations to the Patels and to USF for such an impactful gift.  We at SAPP hope it is an example for other South Asian philanthropists out there!

(H/T Foundation Center’s PND)

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