Founding & Benefactor

Angels 😇

You are joining today as a "Benefactor Angel". Just like the "Founding Angels", there will only be 💯 Benefactor Angels. The "Angels" program is available to those few truly special people who really believe in building a global community of like-minded people and creating global impact, in our 100% model, and in everything RUF represents.

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  👉 Becoming an Angel is a long-term commitment. Your recurring gift covers RUF's operating costs and enables our 100% pass-through model. Learn more about RUF: read our Impact Report.

Become a founding angel


🏆 Angel Benefits


RUF's Angels are the pillars of our community, the main support of an organization that will one day be recognized as "THE Romanian Diaspora organization" and a global conduit for good.

👉 Legacy: Forge a legacy in Romania and beyond, making a real difference in communities that matter.

👉 Impact: Think like an investor: our goal is to create $100 worth of impact for every dollar you donate.

👉 Community: Become a cornerstone in a fellowship of exceptional individuals and families committed to fortifying the Romanian diaspora with purpose and passion.

👉 Networking: Plug into a dynamic global consortium of Ambassadors across major cities and receive a heartfelt welcome as you travel around the world.

👉 Support for your projects: Engage directly with influential projects, recommend new partner organizations, have a voice in RUF's pivotal initiatives, and drive change where it's needed most

👉 Recognition: RUF is a globally recognized brand today. Earn a distinguished spot in a narrative that matters as one of the esteemed Angels 😇 of our organization.

👉 Exclusive Access: Enjoy privileged admission and first dibs on our marque events, including soirees, galas, and unforgettable experiences, crafting lifelong memories alongside fellow patrons.

👉 Tax Incentives: Maximize the impact of your generosity with tax-deductible donations and benefit from company matching programs.

👉 Versatility: Embrace the future of giving with our acceptance of stocks, cryptocurrency, and other donation forms, offering flexibility in how you contribute.

 

💯 Benefactor Angels


Join today to be named a "Benefactor Angel". Benefactor Angel recognition:

👉 Benefactor Book: write your thoughts in our beautifully bound "Book of Benefactors" where each benefactor can write their thoughts, hopes, and reasons for supporting the cause. The book will be introduced, signed and displayed at our headquarters when we reach 100 Benefactors and will be digitized for wider accessibility.

💯 Founding Angels


Our first 💯 Angels are recognized as "Founding Angels 😇," aka the "founding fathers" of RUF. Founding Angel recognition:

👉 Prestigious Commemoration: Founding Angels will immortalized on a commemorative bronze plaque at RUF's home base.

👉 Generational Remembrance: 100 Founding Angels Letters to our future generations will be saved in a sealed time capsule, on December 6th, 2024, to be opened at RUF's 100th anniversary on December 6th, 2118.

Who are our Angels?


We don't talk about our Angels enough. They support all our operations costs, so our fundraising platform can continue to run 100% free of cost for anyone who desires to use it. Being an Angel is a long-term (preferably lifetime) commitment to support the organization as long as it continues to fulfill its mission.

100% of RUF's salaries and operational expenses are covered by the annual donation of our Angels and recurring donors. As RUF grew and changed from a 100% volunteer organization to a mix of volunteering and paid resources, our Angels continued to foot the bill. Learn more about our funding sources and see our finances in the Transparency section. Ask us more about this program or the RUF pledge, or see about our Membership program.

🕊️ Legacy Builders


⚜️ Annual Commitment: $50,000 or Lifetime Donation: $1,000,000

Make a transformative impact that will resonate for generations, crafting a legacy of hope and progress.

Claudia & Mihai Lehene

Founding Angels 
Founders and main Sponsors of Romanian United Foundation
We believe in our power to build our community and influence our future. We support RUF for our children, our community, and our home country. Our commitment is rooted in love for our heritage and a vision for a thriving diaspora.

⚜️ Seraphims


⚜️ Annual Commitment: $10,000 or Lifetime Donation: $100,000

Make a transformative impact that will resonate for generations, crafting a legacy of hope and progress.

Monica & Calin Moigradan
Monica and Călin believe in the idea of giving back, and RUF is the best way to do just that. They live in Park Ridge, Illinois, with their sons: Nicholas and Patrick, and they have been RUF supporters since Day 1.

🏆 Archangels


⚜️ Annual Commitment: $5,000 or Lifetime Donation: $50,000

Step into a circle of distinguished benefactors taking charge in our mission's advancement.

Diana & Radu Dram
We are all busy builders in our own right, building our own dreams, but together we dare build a straighter path to a more ambitious future for our community.
Simona  & Cristian Luput
Committed to RUF, we embrace the chance to uplift Romania. Fueled by responsibility and optimism, we contribute time and resources to create a brighter future. RUF embodies positive change, and together, we’re building a stronger, more supportive Romania
Ruxandra Muys-Stoian

Founding Angel 
Co-Founder WIT Angels Club
Ruxandra Stoian co-founder of the Bucharest-based Women Invest in Tech Angels Club, launched 2021. Ruxandra Muys-Stoian has a background in public health and health services management.
 
Cristina & Dan Serban

Founding Angels 
Founding Angels, Key West, FL
Ross Vangalis

Founding Angel 
Board of Advisors 
CEO & Founder, Queue Brand Communications, Chicago
Senior agency executive experienced in transforming emerging marketing trends into scalable marketing businesses. Senior advisor with experience across 20+ industries, 10+ countries & 100+ iconic brands
 

😇 Guardian Angels


⚜️ Annual Commitment: $2,500 or Lifetime Donation: $25,000

Level up to show your generous commitment to RUF.

Alex Fratila

Founding Angel 
Hedge Fund & Portfolio Manager
Alex Fratila, is the Founder of Fratila & Company is a skilled multi-strategy portfolio manager, who handled a $100M portfolio at CSS across convertible arbitrage, long/short equity, and managed futures strategies before founding his eponymous firm.
Georgiana & Cristian Merdariu
We should never forget our culture, our beloved Romania. Together, we can go further, and hopefully, our children will follow our example!
Cristian Petrus

Founding Angel 
San Francisco, California
Ana Maria & Razvan Sofronie
Building our own community means a lot to us: we are happy to be able to invest in our future, and our children's future through Romanian United Foundation.

👼 Founding Angels


⚜️ Annual Commitment: $1,000 or Lifetime Donation: $10,000

Join the foundational tier of supporters who form the bedrock of our community.

Vlad Vitoc

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Founder and CEO of MAIA Biotechnology
Vlad is the Founder of CEO of Maia Biotechnologies, an immuno-oncology company focused on the development and commercialization of potential first-in-class drugs.
 
Valentin Daraban

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Ambassador of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Volunteer 
Real Estate Developer for Keeper Development INC
Mihaela Madaras

Founding Angel 
R&D Manager at Sun Chemical
R&D Project Management, Innovation, Sustainability and Innovation in Sustainability. Passionate about the environment and finding creative ways to protect it. Systems thinking, innovating and taking novel ideas to implementation.
Dorina Scaunas

Founding Angel 
Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Dorina Scaunas, MD, is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Scaunas is known for her expertise in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
 
Ioana Necs
Experienced Pharmacist with a demonstrated history of working in the pharmaceuticals industry. Skilled in Pharmaceutics, Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacy Benefit Management, Pharmacovigilance, and Patient Counseling. Strong healthcare services professional
Adina Sandu

Founding Angel 
Tech Support/Events
Founding Member  Volunteer 
Graduated from UIC, College of Business, with a degree in finance and works as a Digital Manager at Mainland. Fun facts: prefers a camera, unable to make a choice between hiking a mountain or walking in the sand, an incurable optimist.
 
Ciprian Fiastru

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Honorary Member of RoCo
Volunteer 
Ciprian is the owner of Chicago Clean Home since 2013. The company was founded with a great desire to offer top-quality, detail-oriented cleaning services to home and business owners that aim at having not just cleaner spaces, but also healthier ones.
 
Mihaela Simianu
Mihaela Simianu stands out as an influential figure in the Bio-Pharmaceutical field, where she has made significant strides in product development, commercialization, and international manufacturing.
Razvan Sofronie

Founding Angel 
Chief Executive Officer at DJS Financial
Alexandru Bogdan

Founding Angel 
Chief Executive Officer at ROCA X
 
Donna Miller

Founding Angel 
Candidate for Mayor of Las Vegas
Bold Visionary, Leading from the Space of Possibilities
 
Bogdan Ripa

Founding Angel 
Entrepreneur, Founder, Senior Director @UiPath
Ionel Nechiti
Ionel Nechiti has worked as the Chief Executive Officer, Board at Specialty RTP, President & Chief Investment Officer at Innovation Platform Capital, and President for Platform Resources, Inc. He is involved in the fields of tech, oil & gas, and nonprofit
Eugen Vasile

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Chicago
Ovidiu Pop

Founding Angel 
Member of the ROCO Business Council
Monika Varga Calugar

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, 🏆 ROCO Platinum Donor, Chicago, IL
Eduard Chira

Founding Angel 
RUF Founding Angel, Ambassador of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
General Manager at Compass Truck Rental and Leasing. Eduard has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) focused in Business/Managerial Economics from UBV.
 
Marian Tanau

Founding Angel 
Founder, American Romanian Music Festival, Ann Arbor, MI
Harley Rosenthal

Founding Angel 
Attorney at Rosenthal Law Group, RUF Founding Angel
Founding member and Partner of the Rosenthal Law Group. Specializing in all areas and aspects of real estate transactions, representing purchasers and sellers of residential and commercial real estate in and around the Chicagoland area.
 
Matthew Bowker

Founding Angel 
Owner of Lodge Financial and RUF Founding Angel, Chicago
Matt is the owner of Lodge Financial, a commercial financing company that provides loans that range from $100,000 to 20 million. Its nationwide network has allowed Lodge Financial to finance hundreds of millions of transactions for its customer base, many
 
Dan Dudici

Founding Angel 
CEO of STS, RUF Founding Angel, Chicago
Business executive with expertise in tech, management, sales, product management and development, and marketing. Career record of driving global company growth using innovative or disruptive strategies.
Diana Gini

Founding Angel 
Diaspora Development Director - RUF
Staff  RUF Ambassador 
World traveler. Boys mom. Life enthusiast.
Grigore Rosu
Professor @cse_uiuc, founder @rv_inc. Programming languages, formal methods, software engineering, hiking, go (2 dan), flying, building things.
 
Alexander Tosa

Founding Angel 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Lavinia Shimkus

Founding Angel 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Alexandru Bogdan

Founding Angel 
Chief Executive Officer at ROCA X
 
Camelia Bratu

Founding Angel 
ROCO Biz
Clinical Research Professional, Las Vegas, NV
Volunteer 
Dana Bucin

Founding Angel 
Honorary Consul of Romania in Connecticut
Volunteer 
Dana Bucin was named the “Attorney of the Year” in Connecticut, USA in 2019 and Top 100 Romanians Worldwide by Newsweek Romania. Dana also serves as the Honorary Consul of Romania to Connecticut since 2018.
Dan Cosma

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Paris, France
Mike Dinescu

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, RUF Ambassador in Irvine, CA
Volunteer  Teacher 
Full stack engineer working at Amazon/Alexa. Not long ago, breaking the cloud at AWS, building web services at scale to solve BigData problems. Mike lives in San Diego and chose to teach Math to be an inspiration for children, including his two daughters.
Monica Ferchi

Founding Angel 
RUF Fundraiser & Founding Angel, Honorary Member of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center
Volunteer 
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.
 
Radu Georgescu

Founding Angel 
Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, Founder of Seedblink, RUF Founding Angel
One of the most prominent and successful entrepreneurs in Eastern Europe, Radu founded GECAD in 1992. He focuses on identifying and on-boarding new investment opportunities, as well as promoting entrepreneurship in the new generation of innovators.
 
Diana Gini

Founding Angel 
Diaspora Development Director - RUF
Staff  RUF Ambassador 
World traveler. Boys mom. Life enthusiast.
Cosmin Lehene

Founding Angel 
RUF Ambassador 
Live and die by the data. Founder https://t.co/UJURPIiMJd embedded working capital for vertical SaaS. Former Adobe built Experience Cloud, Big Data Analytics, open-source.
 
Miron Lila

Founding Angel 
Healthcare Executive, Caidya, Hong Kong
Monica Magdas Miller

Founding Angel 
CEO of Iconoclast Studio/Creative Director of Santicler
Raised in Romania, Monica's upbringing involved learning traditional textile techniques, which fueled her passion for fashion and sustainability. Monica has an extensive background as an apparel industry executive, including a role as Senior Design Direct
 
Alex Popa

Founding Angel 
Investor & Finance Leaders Fellow, The Aspen Institute
Alex Popa is a global technology, venture, and growth investor. He spent the last sixteen years at The Capital Group, one of the world's largest and oldest investment firms, where he was a Partner and a Portfolio Manager for the largest actively managed f
Mihai Popovici

Founding Angel 
CEO and Chairman at Z-Terra
Volunteer 
Alexander Mihai Popovici is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Z-Terra Inc., a provider of state-of-the-art geophysical and geological technology, services and software for the oil and gas industry. He holds a Ph.D. in geophysics from Stanford Univ.
Cristian Puscas
Director of Business Development at ATS FREEWAY
 
Constantin Raduca

Founding Angel 
Supporter of ROCO, the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Volunteer 
Robert Rdzak

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, New York City
Robert is Director of Global Business Development at Barings Bank. He lives in New York City.
 
George Roth

Founding Angel 
Founding Angel, Member of the Board of Directors
George is the Subject Matter Expert of the Document Understanding vertical at UiPath. He is also the Honorary Consul of Romania at the Honorary Consulate of Romania in San Francisco and Honorary Senator of the University Babes Bolyai in Cluj, Romania.
 
Ioana Salajanu

Founding Angel 
Board of Advisors 
Attorney at Law; Member of the United Nations Women's Guild and RUF Board of Advisors; Children’s International NFP, founder
Ioana is an attorney and human rights activist, dedicating her time to developing early childhood education, offering pro bono legal services to economically disadvantaged immigrants and survivors of domestic violence.
 
Patricia Vlad
Brand Manager at GSK, Bern, Switzerland
Ligia & Radu Apostoaia
Ligia and Radu believe in the power of the united voice of Romanians living outside the country that can shape a better future for our families and communities.
Amanda & Marius Butas

Founding Angels 
Founding Angels, Arizona
Julie & Ted Cominos

Founding Angels 
Founding Angels, Chicago, IL
Corina & George Dinulescu
We work closely with the Romanian community in Atlanta through our clinics at HOPE Primary Care & Dentistry and we decided to continue to help and support the Romanian community through RUF!
Ioana Savos & Sebastian Micle
Ioana and Sebastian are the proud founders of New Explode Construction, one of Chicago’s premier building and remodeling contractors.
Nicoleta & Marcel Podar

Founding Angels 
RUF Founding Angels, Chicago
Gabriela and Alex Turik

Founding Angels 
Founding Angels, Boca Raton, FL
Dedicated to building a world of kindness, education, and peace.