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UU Holdeen India Program

The Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program (UUHIP) works with organizations of India’s most vulnerable groups as they seek to advance empowerment and promote equity. The Program is committed to enabling these groups to transform their social and economic conditions in directions of their own choosing. Rather than provide grants for sectoral, discrete, or time-based projects, UUHIP supports long-term organizational partnerships in a spirit of solidarity. UUHIP also facilitates extended volunteering opportunities for those who wish to apply their professional skills while serving in India.

The Program was established thanks to a generous bequest from Jonathan Holdeen, a businessman and attorney with an interest in assisting the most impoverished people of India. In 1984 UUHIP was organized in its current form as a non-sectarian religious and philanthropic trust dedicated to India’s social and economic development. It is part of the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) International Resources Office.

UUHIP is governed by the Board of Trustees of the UUA and UUHIP's own Board of Advisors.


  • Director
    Derek Mitchell 
  • Program Associate
    Nicole McConvery

Board of Advisors

  • Chair: Dr. Robert Snow, Director of Development and Strategic Planning of the Association for Asian Studies
  • Kathy Sreedhar, Director Emerita of the UUHIP
  • Rev. Melanie Morel-Ensminger, Minister, First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans
  • Dr. Jayanth Krishnan, Professor of Law and Charles L. Whistler Faculty Fellow at Indiana University & Director of the Center on the Global Legal Profession
  • Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs, Minister, Unity Church—Unitarian, Saint Paul, MN
  • Dr. Jael Silliman, scholar and author, former Program Officer, Ford Foundation
  • Mallika Dutt, Founder/President/CEO of Breakthrough

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