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100% of your donation goes directly to our projects. How do we do it? Our operating costs are covered by a small group of donors committed to providing the foundation for our work. Read more about our 100% Model.
We verify, track, and report all expenses related to our investments. We carefully research and we only select the most trustworthy and the most efficient and effective nonprofit organizations to invest your dollars.

Romanian United Fund is dedicated to five areas of focus, amplifying our collective strength to make the world a better place.

What we invest in

We believe Romanian students deserve great education and scholarships at the best universities
Anti Corruption
We believe in volunteering and working together. Make a stand, get out to vote, and speak up against corruption.
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We believe the next clinic deserves to be built and that cancer-sick children deserve better care.
We believe in protecting the Romanian forest and preserving it for our grandchildren
We believe all of us should be proud of where we're from and our heritage should be preserved
Most of all, we believe every one of us can make a difference and that RUF can help dreams become reality. Every day, great ideas die on the vine because they don’t have the capital to get off the ground.

We're serious about getting stuff done.

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To keep our 100% promise and get stuff done, we need you today. Read more about our 100% Model.

Membership   Founding Angels


the most promising, transparent, and efficient nonprofit organizations in Romania and in the Romanian diaspora. We select projects with a significant track record, and we verify them, making sure their standards of governance are the highest in the industry.

selecting our partners


selected projects by fundraising in the largest Romanian diaspora urban centers around the world. 100% of donations made through RUF go directly to your selected project.


our partners around the world, raising awareness about their existence, introducing them to the Romanian diaspora through our network, and to other significant organizations in their specific business domain.

we partner with


selected organizations by identifying key experts in their field to facilitate knowledge transfer as well as well-intended volunteers from the Romanian diaspora and our own network.



Engaging the Romanian Diaspora and financing the most impactful grassroots nonprofit initiatives

RUF is an International Charity Grantmaking Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization registered with the IRS in the state of Illinois.


A Strong and Connected Romanian Diaspora, self-sustaining, and contributing to the development and progress of a democratic Romania.

Core Values


Do the right thing even when no one is watching

Be open about what you think and do

Rise by lifting others

Listen. Serve. Be thankful

Do every little thing extraordinarily well


Community Partners

We find, fund, and partner with more the most effective and impactful Romanian nonprofit organizations. Our grant decisions seek to maximize impact, much like a financial manager selects investments to maximize profit.

Our nonprofit Community Partners were selected by Romanian United Fund within the strategic planning for 2020-2025, according to the selection criteria established by our Board of Directors, following recommendations and support from the Board of Advisors

Read more about our carefully implemented selection process, designed to be fair and transparent.

Caravana Cu Medici
HEALTHCARE: The "Caravana cu Medici" Association was founded in 2014 by 5 resident doctors who noted the lack of basic medical services in the rural area, the total lack of medical education, and the totally non-preventive mentality of the Romanians.
Code 4 Romania
EDUCATION/CIVIC: Code for Romania is a community of young professionals and enthusiasts who develop pro-bono IT solutions in order to solve problems of Romanian society today.
Funky Citizens
TRANSPARENCY: Funky builds research-based, data-driven online advocacy tools. They aim to be educational and actionable, encouraging young citizens to engage in accountability and government responsibility initiatives in which they see an impact.

“Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

We're changing the world, one Romanian at a time

serious work


The business case for supporting RUF. A message from our President

It takes money to make money


"I come from a business background and I am personally relatively frugal: I don't like spending money. I like to invest it instead. I think long term and I like getting my money back with an interest. I had been supporting various nonprofits (mostly in Romania) for quite a while until one day I figured out there is a way to get a 3x or 5x return on my investment.

For every dollar I invest in supporting RUF, the organization can raise $3, $5, or even $10 from other people. And 100% of that goes directly to our Partners, the smartest and most efficient nonprofits making an impact in the lives of Romanians today.

If you've ever thought "I wish I could do something to make this world better", this is a great place you can start. Whether children suffering from cancer or not having access to the latest treatments strikes a chord with you, or if you are passionate about saving Romania's depleting forests, about the country's heritage, or about helping Romanian students access a great education, there's something you can help with here, with us. Become part of the RUF community, and let's make the future look brighter for our children and grandchildren. If you want to make a difference, support RUF."

Mihai Lehene, President and Founding Member, Romanian United Fund

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