UC's team and organisational structure is designed to be collaborative

UC stands for the following ideas:

  1. The UC smiley logo is a combination of the letters U and C, and stands for the smiles, satisfaction and happiness that UC would strive to deliver to its stakeholders.
  2. The "UC" put together stands for "YouSee" a hallmark of transparency and openness that the institution will uphold. "UC" & "YouSee" also stand for the organisation's commitment to show results in its work.
  3. The U in the UC stands for "Unlimited & United", conveying the idea that intellectual, financial, and human resources are available in plenty to address the challenges faced by the poor and disadvantaged people, but we need to apply these Unlimited resources in an United and integrated manner to achieve results.
  4. The C in UC stands for "Company & Care", indicating the institution's commitment to give Company and Care to the poor and disadvantaged, by improving thier opportunities for better livelihoods and enhancing quality of life.

UC is incorporated as "United Care Development Services" (UCDS), a not-for-profit company under section-25 of the Indian Companies Act 1956.

UC Values

The organization will nurture and stand for the following values

1. Openness and Transparency
2. Innovation
3. The four pillars house -4i- application of Integrity, Intensity and Intelligence, leading to Impact
4. Financial and Environmental Sustainability

UC Mission

The organization will work to minimise risks, improve livelihood opportunities and quality of life, especially for the very poor and disadvantaged people. This would be done by making investments and developing and providing products & services along the following thematic areas:

1. Education for creating
a. Livelihoods and
b. Capable, Concerned and Caring Citizens

2. Health for
a. People and
b. Planet (Energy and Environment related services)

3. Disaster relief services
4. Income generation activities and Old age security

UC Community

The work at UC is supported by a community of people who share an interest to support and promote the work that UC platform supports. This community consists of:

  1. Core Team which anchors the work at UC and also coordinates the efforts with all the other team members. It is comprised of
    • Fulltime Volunteers
    • Employees
    • Fulltime Volunteers/Employees on Sabbatical with UC
  2. Volunteers comprising of
    • Students
    • Working People
    • Retired People
  3. Student Interns
  4. Board

The current Core team consists of:

Mr. P S Gunaranjan is the founder of UC. He is a full-time volunteer with UC. Prior to UC, Gunaranjan worked for 7 years with BASIX (www.basixindia.com), a well-known development finance institution. At BASIX, he led the company's micro-insurance vertical and also headed its operations for the North-Eastern states. Gunaranjan completed his MSc(Physics) and then an MBA in the year 2002 from the Sri Sathya Sai University at Puttaparthi.

Mr. Gokul Krishna G joined UC full time in April 2015. Besides being involved in UC operations, he works on developing and implementing Free and Open Source IT solutions for UC and its projects. Before UC he worked as a Software Professional in companies like HP, Innozon and Infotech during the period of 2008-2014. He has completed his BSc(Maths) from Sri Sathya Sai University at Puttaparthi in year 2005 and done his Masters in Computer Applications from Andhra Vidyalaya Hyderabad in the year 2008.

Mr. Sai Kiran S completed his MBA from Aurora's Business School in the year 2013. He has been an active volunteer with UC since the time he was pursuing his MBA course. He joined UC as a fulltime team member from November 2016. He completed his BCom degree from SK University, Anantapur in the year 2011.

Alumni of the Core team

Mr. R Ramachandra Rao was a part of UC core team from 2010 to 2012 and remains an active volunteer at UC. He is currently with B-ABLE, an organisation in the vocational training space. He started his career with Accenture as Resource management specialist in HR team. Then joined Emergency Management & Research Institute ( Currently GVK EMRI) in the year 2007 as HR generalist. He has Masters in Microbilogy from Bangalore University and MBA from Sri Sathya Sai University, Puttaparthy.

Ms. Noella Correia was a part of the UC team from late 2009 to early 2010. She has worked on innovative projects towards financial inclusion, tapping BOP markets, sustainable market development for rural livelihoods, both as an Independent Consultant and with Consulting firms Intellecap and Access Livelihoods Consulting. She worked with ICICI Bank in Retail Banking early in her carrier. She has an MBA from UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business in Ireland.

Mr. Sagar T V graduated in the year 2010 from Vidya Jyothi Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering stream. He worked in the Engineering and Construction Industry for two years, including a stint at Navayuga Engineering. Sagar was involved in UC operations fulltime from January to June 2013 and is now currently pursuing his Masters program in Germany.

Mr. Sai Kiran G completed his B Tech in Information Technology from Krishnamurthy Institute of Technology and Engineering, Hyderabad, in the year 2012. He is an active volunteer in several social Groups and also represents youth teams. Sai has Completed his internship with UC for over 3 months, post which he chose to engage in UC's work in the capacity of a full time team member from October 2012 till Jan 2014.

Mr. Vivek Chintalapati completed his B.Tech in Computer Science from Aurora Engineering College in the year 2013. He interned with UC while at College from January to April 2013 and joined UC and worked fulltime between May 2013 July 2015. Besides being involved in UC operations, he worked on developing and implementing Free and Open Source IT solutions for UC and its projects. He continues to volunteer with UC.

Mr. Shiva Bottu worked full time with UC from March 2013 to July 2014. Thereafter he actively volunteered with UC and then rejoined UC full time from September 2015 to August 2016. Besides being involved in UC operations, he worked on developing and implementing Free and Open Source IT solutions for UC and its projects. He completed his B.tech in IT from Aurora Engineering College in the year 2012. He continues to volunteer with UC.

Join the Core Team

We do not have at UC any specific employment opportunities. The work at UC is largely driven by interns and volunteers. The couple of people who work fulltime at UC have come from this pool and take a modest compensation, upholding the spirit at UC, of promoting volunteer effort and social participation. Any additions to this team would ideally come through a similar route, after having been exposed and involved in its work for some time. Joining UC fulltime, would require the person to make a conscious choice of committing to a work environment which calls for great personal involvement in the social causes that UC supports and being prepared to take a very modest compensation, reflecting the Giving spirit that UC promotes. Being an Ambassador of Giving is a role that every person at UC takes on, given that UC is a Giving Platform and a Philanthropy Exchange.

The funding model of the work at UC is designed around the PostPay Philanthropy model. This model works by prefunding of projects from UC’s corpus, followed by measurement and documentation of outcomes from such projects. Potential donors are then invited to view outcomes from such projects and opt to PostPay for these outcomes, rather than funding them in advance. This applies to meeting administrative costs at UC which include paying the modest financial compensation to its Giving Ambassadors. UC's ability to add more persons to this pool depends on the PostPay Philanthropy trend.

UC Board Members

Mr. G Satish Raju is Director, Global Partnerships at Swiss Re Services India Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai. Prior to this role, he served as the CEO of TTK Healthcare TPA Pvt Ltd during 2010-2013, and has held various consultative and managerial positions with Swiss Re since 2001. He earlier worked in technical and commercial functions in the Oil & Gas Industry between 1990 and 2001. He has a B..Tech (Chemical Engg) qualification from IIT Kharagpur and a Management degree from IIM Ahmedabad.

Mr. Shashi Mohan Kothari is presently working as Accounts Consultant for small and medium size organizations. He worked as Senior Research Associate with S&P Capital IQ from April 2012 to October 2014. He completed his PGDM (MBA) from Aurora’s Business School, Hyderabad in 2012. He also worked as Accounts Executive with Agarwal & Italia (Chartered Accountant Firm, Hyderabad) for two years prior to his MBA. He interned at UC during his MBA course and continued to volunteer with UC since then. Shashi joined UC board in September 2014.

Mr. P S Gunaranjan is the founder of UC. He is a full-time volunteer with UC. Prior to UC, Gunaranjan worked for 7 years with BASIX (www.basixindia.com), a well-known development finance institution. At BASIX, he led the company's micro-insurance vertical and also headed its operations for the North-Eastern states. Gunaranjan completed his MSc(Physics) and MBA in the year 2002 from the Sri Sathya Sai University at Puttaparthi.


Former UC Board Members

Mr. N V Ramana is a senior consultant advisor in the development and agribusiness space.  He is currently the Director and Dean of the Aurora's School of Business, Hyderabad. He has in the past served as the Chairman on the boards of Indian Agri Business Systems Pvt Ltd and Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals and serves as Board member on a number of companies in the Livelihoods Development and Financial & Investment Advisory sectors. He held the office of Group CEO at BASIX Group of Companies India between 2006 and 2008; served as Managing Director of multiple group companies during his time with the group from 2001 to 2008. He began his career with the Agri Business division of the ITC group of companies and served there in various capacities for two decades. He has a Bachelors in Dairy Technology and a Management degree from IIM Ahmedabad. Mr. Ramana was the founding Board Member of UC and served on the Board until Sep,2014. He continues to provide his voluntary services to UC.