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Community Partner Nominations 2020-2021

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Romanian United Fund makes it easy and safe for you to give to local projects in Romania and very soon, in the Romanian Diaspora. We double and triple-check our Community Partners, and we track where the money goes and how it's spent, so you can rest assured every dollar is spent transparently and efficiently.

For 2021, over 50 organizations have been nominated to join our growing list of partners. Read more about our selection process. To improve your chances that your organization gets selected

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Pro Patrimonio

For 20 years the Pro Patrimonio has been stepping in to help rebuild and strengthen disadvantaged communities situated far away from developed areas almost everywhere in Romania. The aim is to reintroduce the recovered heritage, curre
Centrul pentru Jurnalism Independent CJI

Keeper of standards, agent of change
The Center for Independent Journalism (CJI) is a non-governmental organization, active for over 25 years in protecting democracy and those who believe in values its; 25 years in the service of freedom of expression and media, and human rights education.
DoR (Decat o Revista)
DoR is a digital and print publication focused on helping our community understand modern Romania, empathize, come together, discover solutions and act.


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.

Romanian United Fund is dedicated to Six Areas of focus, amplifying our collective strength to solve the problems that Romania and Romanians are struggling with today.

Diaspora Community. Volunteering. Working Together

We are creating a platform for educational programs benefiting the next generation of Romanians in the Diaspora. Get involved today
We support some of the most important nonprofits involved in improving Education in Romania today.
Anti Corruption
Volunteer. Get involved. Vote. Make a stand fighting against corruption and bureaucracy. Join our network
daruieste viata
Nonprofits in Romania are doing more to improve the country's disastrous infrastructure than the Government. Diaspora gets involved. 
We believe in protecting the Romanian forests and rivers, preserving them for our grandchildren
We believe all of us should be proud of where we're from and our heritage should be preserved


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.



We mobilize a global network of

friends of Romania to create the most

impactful community-powered initiatives

in Romanian communities abroad and in Romania.

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


A strong Romanian Diaspora philanthropic network, self-sustaining, and contributing to the development and progress of Romanian communities abroad and Romania.

Core Values


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

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.


Community Partners

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

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

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

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

"Time is my most precious resource. I've made my choice, to invest my time, my money, and my brainpower in RUF because I believe some things are more important than anything else."

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 invested directly in RUF, we can raise $3, $5, or even $10 in donations. 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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