The process explained in detail.
To understand how everything works, we need to explain the setup:
Romanian United Fund (RUF) is a 100% pass-through entity. This means, all donations are transferred to one of our partner organizations in Romania - minus the Facebook transfer, bank and wire fees. RUF uses two bank accounts: one is dedicated to collect donations, and the second one for operational expenses. The funds raised for RUF against COVID-19 campaign are only collected into our donations bank account.
Currently (and until further notice), all funds raised through RUF will be used to help with the fight against Covid-19 in Romania (and Republic of Moldavia).
Pretty much anyone can create a fundraiser on Facebook. This includes our partner organizations, but also independent people who want to get involved. See this for more details.
It takes up to two weeks for Facebook to send us the funds raised through RUF. All donations are subsequently wired to our partners in Romania.
Disclaimer: Romanian United Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, limited by US laws, and we are acting internationally, which means we have other limitations related to compliance, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorism. As such, we can only work with a limited set of partners. All funds raised by RUF will be directed to Romania through one of our partners, verified NGOs, based on existing contracts.
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