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RUF is building the largest Global Romanian Community, capturing and channeling its energies for good: Fundraising. Grant Making. Capacity Building.

Are you a friend of Romania living abroad? We are here to help you connect, get involved, and contribute in a meaningful and impactful way. We are here to promote and support civic engagement, education, and community development across the many Romanian communities worldwide and to raise the profile of Romania and our Diaspora: Join our journey.

Are you a grassroots nonprofit organization? We are always trying to identify potential partnerships: Let us know about your existence.

What We Do   How It Works   Our Impact

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GIVE 100%



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.


What We Do

selecting our partners

Grantmaking: We finance community projects for our partners by creating periodic fundraising campaigns.

School: We offer educational programs, scholarships, and trips to RomaniaLearn more

Resources: we offer information, tools, and resources to get involved in ways that are most meaningful to you teaching, volunteering, peer-to-peer fundraising, and simply having fun.



Romanian United Fund is an International Charity Organization registered as a 501c3 nonprofit in the State of Illinois. We focus on creating a global, innovative, vibrant community, for the purpose of encouraging and financing the development of the Global Romanian Diaspora, and its connections with Romania.

RUF connects nonprofits, donors, fundraisers, and volunteers from all over the world. We help local nonprofits in Romania and diaspora organizations access the funding, tools, training, and support their need, in order to become more effective and more relevant in their communities.

Community Partners

Education | Civic Engagement | Healthcare | Environment | Heritage | Diaspora

We find, fund, and partner with the most effective and impactful 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 and our Founding AngelsRead more about our carefully implemented selection process, designed to be fair and transparent, or connect with one of our Community Partners Liaisons.

Asociatia Monumentum

Ambulance for Monuments
The "Ambulance for Monuments" project is targeting, in a desperate race against time, the salvation from collapse and degradation of hundreds of Romanian threatened historical buildings that are listed.
Asociația Română de Dezbateri Oratorie și Retorică (ARDOR)
At ARDOR, we use debate (in clubs, optional courses and regular classes) to teach over 30.000 students annually the skills and attitudes essential to their becoming active and informed citizens and smart employees or entrepreneurs.
Caravana Cu Medici

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.


RUF’s ambassadors have a wide range of talents and achievements, but they all share a commitment to improving the lives of Romanians, worldwide. And in each case, the ambassador’s association with RUF comes about because he or she has already demonstrated that commitment.

They can use their talents and fame to fundraise and advocate for Romanians and support RUF’s mission to bring together the Romanian community through Philanthropy.

We are also proud to work with and to have been mentioned by:

Andreea Esca

TV Anchor/ProTV

HRH Prince Nicolae

of Romania

Marcel Iures


Watch on Youtube

Watch on Youtube

Watch on Youtube

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Monica Ferchi

Founding Angel 
RUF Fundraiser & Founding Angel, Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Founder and CEO of TransUSA Exchange, a cultural exchange organization that specializes in placing international students and young professionals with industry leaders in the U.S.
Gheorghe Muresan

NBA Player, Founder of Giant Basketball, RUF Ambassador
Ghita Muresan played in the NBA for seven seasons earning the Most Improved Player Award in 1995-1996. He is proud of his Romanian heritage and is a fervent supporter of the Romanian American community, especially young kids
Paula Seling

Romanian Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer, DJ, and Television Personality.
Paula is an outspoken supporter of personal freedom, individual rights and human rights. She represented Romania at Eurovision 2010 and was chosen by Walt Disney to record the song "My Spirit Flies" for the Pixar Academy Award-winning animation Brave.

Why Join RUF

“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


Core Values


We are committed to your success.

You can see every dollar that is being raised and spent.

Rise by lifting others.

Listen. Serve. Be thankful.

Do every little thing extraordinarily well.

We do the right thing even when no one is watching.



Looking to get involved?

Volunteer Liaisons

Looking to give?

Fundraising Dept.

Representing a Nonprofit?

Community Liaisons

Ask tough questions, ask any questions. Tell us how we can improve. We're here for you, and we'll promptly reply. Thank you!


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How It Works


with the most promising, transparent and impactful NGOs in Romania and in the Romanian diaspora. We select organizations with a significant track record in one of our areas of focus, making sure their standards of governance are the highest in the industry.

selecting our partners


selected projects by offering grants and creating fundraising campaigns online and in our local communities. 100% of donations pass through directly to your selected charity. Our operational budget is funded through the generous support of our Founding Angels.


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

we partner with


our partners by identifying key experts in specific fields to facilitate knowledge transfer as well as well-intended volunteers from the Romanian diaspora and from our own network.


Romanian United Fund
Romanian United Fund