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The Romanian Community Center

ROCO Chicago


We're creating the largest Romanian Diaspora community in the world. Here's how we do it:

We create educational programs and we offer online classes through our internal Learning Center.

We finance projects in Romania and in the Romanian Diaspora.

We organize trips and camps to Romania for both children and adults.

We connect people and we offer the tools and resources you need to get involved in ways that are most meaningful to you: teaching, volunteering, fundraising, and simply having fun.

Our Impact


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

The RUF Learning Center and the ROCO Community Center benefit the next generation of Romanians in the Diaspora
Visit our Learning Center and see the Education nonprofits we finance in Romania.
Anti Corruption
Volunteer. Get involved. Vote. Make a stand fighting against corruption and bureaucracy. Join our network
daruieste viata
Healthcare nonprofits in Romania are doing more to improve the country's disastrous infrastructure than the Government. 
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
selecting our partners


We connect our community, create programs, finance projects, and offer you tools and resources to get involved in ways that are most meaningful to you: teaching, volunteering, fundraising, and simply having fun.


the most promising, transparent, and efficient nonprofit organizations in Romania and in the Romanian diaspora. We select projects with a significant track record, 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.


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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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
Nicole Roman

Mezzo-Soprano, RUF Ambassador & VP of Donor Relations, RCCC Ambassador
Romanian-American Mezzo-Soprano Nicoleta Roman has been a prominent member of the Romanian community in Chicago for over 23 years. She is fond of her Romanian heritage, constantly promoting her values through her voice.
Iulia Verdes

Actress, RUF Ambassador
Born and raised in Bucharest, Romania, Iulia gives her first acting performances for theatre and TV while she is still in high school. At 18 she makes her acting debut in cinema with the film Elevator (Romania, 2008), being cast in the main role.

“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 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.

Creativity is Intelligence having Fun



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!

Romanian United Fund
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