About the organisation
Ummeed is a
non-profit organization set up with the objective of helping
children with developmental disabilities such as Cerebral
Palsy, Mental Retardation, Learning Disability, Autism,
Attention Deficit Disorder, etc. There are about 40 million
children in India with developmental disabilities - in
fact over 650,000 in Mumbai alone. The quantity of care
for such children is very limited, and even when it exists,
the quality is variable. It is in this context that Ummeed
aspires to provide integrated care, empower parents and
provide care for all.
The Ummeed Board-
- Ummeed was set up in November
2001 by Dr. Vibha Krishnamurthy and Mr. Ashish Karamchandani.
- Ummeed’s first attempt
at setting up a full- fledged board was in 2003/ 2004.
- The Board at the time
comprised people who knew the founders well, and were
supportive of the idea and the initiative.
- It was a ‘founder Board’
whose primary role was to encourage and support the
founders vision and entrepreneurial initiative. It was
also expected to guide Ummeed’s growth and help define
the role of a longer term board
- Since its inception, Ummeed
has developed at a very rapid pace. In keeping with
this growth, the organisation has revisited the composition
and the structure of its Board and is currently reviewing
the kind of skills and expertise that will be required.
- A conscious process of
profiling the Board and understanding governance needs
in the context on organisational growth stage is underway.
- This is primarily being
done by first looking at the functional/programme areas
that Ummeed is currently in and the areas that it is
likely to incorporate in the near future.
- Individuals who are likely
to be able to contribute in those specific areas in
addition to others who will be able to bring in skills
in areas such as fundraising, networking etc are will
be approached by the organisation
- Availability, time and
access are the key factors being considered as Ummeed
expands its Board.
- The ‘willingness’ to serve
is also a crucial factor in the selection of Board members.
- Interactions between the
staff and the Board will be encouraged and form the
basis of identifying the specific inputs that are required
by the Board both as a collective entity as well as
from individual members.
- There will be a very clear
articulation of expectations of the Board as will individual
members be encouraged to communicate their expectations
of the organisation.
- It is expected that the
Board ,through this conscious process of selecting and
inducting Board members and identifying the roles and
the responsibilities, articulating and mutually agreeing
the same, will be able contribute very effectively and
proactively as Ummeed moves from its stage of infancy
to the next stage of organisational growth.
Ummeed may be
Mansion, Warden Road, Mumbai 400 036. Tel 91-22-2363-2258