Amika Dayal, Junior Board Member, shares her experience at the IDEX Academy

Each year, the International Development Exchange Academy brings together world class thought leaders and practitioners from the field for an intense week-long, high-impact course to chart a new pathway for the social economy.

Amika Dayal, a Junior Board member of the Tarsadia Foundation, was one of many leading grassroots and movement leaders, community organizers, academics, and progressive philanthropists attending the Academy between March 25th – 30th in Santa Barbara, California.

Below is a review of her experience, filled with insights and valuable takeaways.

To learn more about the IDEX Academy, visit their website below:

Amika Dayal IDEX Feature Tarsadia Foundation April 2015

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Giving Back: A Family Tradition

Last December in 2014, our members began a new holiday initiative to celebrate the spirit of giving back. Each of our members made a charitable $2,500 gift to the organization and cause of their choice. From empowering women and girls globally to fighting childhood obesity and ending homelessness, our members sought out causes that rang true to their hearts and aligned with their personal passions.

The numbers are now in, and we are impressed! All together, Tarsadia Foundation members donated $102,500 individually to 42 local and international organizations.

When asked why they decided to give to their particular organization, members responded with thoughtful and inspiring personal missions:

“I chose [People’s Emergency Center] because I have been noticing a lot of homeless people on the streets and want a find a way to help especially as it is getting so unbearably cold outside. I can’t imagine having to sleep through the night in freezing temperatures.” – Angeli, People’s Emergency Center

“Free high quality public education will change the world one child at a time!” – Chitavan, Endeavor Charter School

“It gives disabled people a chance to get together through sports to build health and wellness.” – Mukti, Bay Area Outreach Program

“Providing a hot meal to people is heart warming and essential to living.” – Priya, Someone Cares Kitchen

“Their strong efforts have gone a long way in it’s short duration. This fund will positively help support the children in need in the Eldoret community.” – Sejal, Tumaini Project

“Giving the gift of sight is truly wonderful and can change a life.” – Sanjay, Sankara Eye Foundation

“The struggling teens in our community will be leading the next generation and this fund can help support their efforts to succeed.” – Virendra, Laurel House

And now, here’s a quick look at our members in action…

1. Amani and Share Our Selves


2. Amika & International Princess Project

Amika IPP

3. Gita and Kajal with THINK Together


4. Avni and Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH)


5. Puja and Inscover


6. Shirish and El Camino College Choir


7. Karina and KidWorks


8. Sarika & Nilesh with International Society for Children with Cancer


“Our family has seen up close what cancer does to a person. Always wanted to help this cause.” – Sarika, International Society for Children with Cancer

9. Karina & Urvashi with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Orange County

Karina KidWorks

10. Poonam & Amira with Girls Learn International, Inc.

Poonam - Girls Learn Foundation

11. Sarina with SAHARA

Sarina Giving Back Sahara

12. Komal, Dhruv, and Aakash with Orange County Human Relations (OCHR)


13. Sarika and Ekal Vidyalaya

Sarika Ekal

14. Maya and the Illumination Foundation


Other organizations included:

  • People’s Emergency Center
  • Akshaya Patra Foundation
  • The Tumaini Project
  • Endeavor College Preparatory Charter School Inc.
  • These Numbers Have Faces
  • Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education
  • Women’s Global Empowerment Fund
  • Fresh Start Surgical Gifts
  • Illumination Foundation
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Bay Area Outreach Program
  • The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Independent Awakening
  • Unite for Sight
  • Someone Cares Kitchen
  • Sankara Eye Foundation
  • Ekal Vidyalaya
  • Operation Help a Hero
  • Colette’s Children’s Home
  • OPICA Adult Day Care
  • Laurel House
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Tarsadia Featured By The National Center For Family Philanthropy!

We had an awesome feature by the National Center For Family Philanthropy!

See it online here or check out the pics below!


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Tarsadia Foundation Visits Pathways of Hope!

Check out the Tarsadia Foundation helping deliver life changing food & supplies for the homeless in Orange County.

We are proud partners with Pathways of Hope in their mission to rebuild lives of the hungry and homeless.


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Tarsadia Foundation Retreat 2013!


We had an amazing weekend in Ojai, California for our 2013 Retreat

We spent the weekend team building, learning, talking through our mission statement, and creating a strategic plan for the future.

The Financial Training Exercises were especially thought provoking. Especially for our Junior Board members.

Check out the awesome photos!


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Grantee Spotlight: Foundation For Women!


We are thrilled to support the life-changing work of the Foundation for Women!

The Foundation for Women is a non-profit organization striving to support and encourage impoverished women, both globally and locally, by funding and creating microcredit programs.

The Foundation gives women the tools they need to succeed through microcredit loans, education, and business support.  They are devoted to helping women overcome the barriers they face in their lives so that they can generate income and experience success.

In Liberia, the traditional Grameen-based approach has proved high effective in helping thousands of women to obtain microcredit loans and start their own businesses.  In the US, the Foundation is developing an innovative, comprehensive program that includes education and business support alongside microloans, so women can build micro-businesses that put food on the table today while creating a better future for themselves and their children.

What amazing work! We are honored to play a small part in the incredible success of the Foundation for Women!

Learn more:

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Grantee Spotlight: One Heart World-Wide


The Tarsadia Foundation is proud to partner with One Heart World-Wide and their innovative work in decreasing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in remote rural areas.

Over the last ten years, One Heart World-Wide has been able to decrease unattended home births from 85% to 20%, mostly by ensuring the presence of a skilled attendant at delivery.  In 2008, in the two counties where One Heart World-Wide was working, the Lhasa Prefecture Health Bureau reported no maternal deaths and newborn death rates dropped from 10% to 3% since the start of the One Heart World-Wide project.

Their Model:
One Heart World-Wide developed an effective, replicable and sustainable model to reduce preventable deaths related to pregnancy and delivery among vulnerable rural populations. By working with local communities and local health providers to develop a culturally appropriate Network of Safety around mothers and infants, One Heart World-Wide has made spectacular improvements in the lives of mothers and children.

Learn more at:

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