financing.jpgRUF as a 100% pass-through entity exists mainly because a small number of dedicated people underwrite all operational and fundraising costs: our Members, our Founding Angels, and our Main Sponsor. Our 5-year plan assumes no individual will represent more than 10% of the sources of operational revenues.


This is your opportunity to become part of a special community of monthly donors who are committed to helping RUF further its mission in connecting the Romanian communities all over the world. A recurring donation as small as 25$ per household ($10 per person) can make a significant difference.

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For RUF to become a truly independent and effective institution, it needs to be able to stand on its own. Your monthly gift ensures a predictable form of income to cover the organization’s operational expenses. You can change or cancel your pledge at any time. Ready to commit to more? Learn about our Founding Angels.

List of Current Members

Our members are a passionate and determined group of monthly givers on a mission to help RUF build a true Romanian American community in our lifetime. They are people like you, from all around the world, giving anything they can to prove how unstoppable we are when we work together.

 

Mihai Lehene

President and Founding Member of RUF
Mihai is a Founding Member and the President of RUF. Passionate and caring, Mihai’s goal is to inspire all around him to be better and help each other, especially his fellow Romanian Americans.
Ligia Apostoaia

Founding Member, Secretary of the BoD, CEO of MDL Investments
Ligia’s charity involvement began at a very young age, helping her family foundation with the distribution of humanitarian aid to the families in need in the area immediately. Today she continues to do what she is most passionate about: doing good.
Adina Sandu

Founding Member, UX & Creative
“What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.” Incurable optimistic? Adina says no. We need to believe in the good that lies ahead and we can do amazing things together. Random fact: she would rather carry a camera than a purse.
Andreea Rebaltescu

Communications Director, RCC Chicago Ambassador
Andreea is the CEO & Founder of Cora Phenix Digital Entrepreneur & Artist. She Graduated Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj, Romania, and studied drama at the University Babes Bolyai in the same city. She is also an entertainer and published author.
Miruna Zamfirescu

Founding Member, Reporting Officer
Originally from Bistrita, Miruna earned her BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has built her career in the financial markets as an algorithmic trader/quantitative analyst.
Camelia Rosca

RUF 4 Brasov Coronavirus Fundraiser
I am originally from Brasov, Romania. I live with my husband and two children in Boston, Massachusetts. My expertise is in educational systems and my passion, in addition to access to quality education for all, is working with others for the common good.
Diana Muresan

Founding Angel
Diana Muresan is Mortgage Banker with The Federal Savings Bank, member of the Chairman Club and currently creating the first Senior Housing Department at the TFSB. She has a master degree from DuPaul University, Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Mihaela Livanu

Community Partners Director
Mihaela is a social worker and co-founder of Spera Foundation, a nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for underprivileged children in Romania. She is also serving as an Educational Programs Advisor for SPOC Charity.
Cosmina Ungur
Cosmina lives in Chicago with her son and husband. She moved from Targu Mures more than a decade ago where she earned her Masters in Economics from Dimitrie Cantemir University.
Cristina Haidau

Volunteer
Luciana Nemtanu

Founding Angel, Volunteer Engagement Director
Luciana brings extensive strategic leadership experience in higher education, research and the nonprofit sector in the US and Romania. She has worked with thousands of volunteers to optimize their work together towards a shared goal.
Laura Bercean

Fundraising Coordinator, Key West
Laura lives in Key West with her family, including her 4 children Andrei, Thea, Nyssa, and Clara. Laura has been working with SOS Mission, a nonprofit focused on helping homeless people and poor families. She believes all Romanians should work together.
Ana Neamt

Founding Member, Word Whisperer (Newsletter)
“Don’t Panic” (aka Douglas Adams’ version of today’s “stay calm”) Born with an affinity for numbers and words in a family of educators. My journey: music school, writing club, math, economics, and, closing the circle, teaching. Going back to the roots se
Cristian Sabo

Supporter, Chicago Community Center
Ana Grecu
I love to be involved in community projects! Ready to be involved in projects to make others people life better! Being helpful is what i love to do!
Mirela Birta

Founding Member
Mirela is co-founder of Spera Foundation, an organization that provides opportunities to underprivileged children in Romania to continue their education, achieve academic excellence, and ultimately make a positive impact in their communities.
Catalin Oancea

Ambassador of the Romanian Community Center of Chicago
Simona Oarga

Founding Angel
Simona Oarga assists taxpayers and small businesses with taxes in Chicago IL and the surrounding communities. Whether you are an individual or a local business in or around Chicago IL, Simona C. Oarga has years of valuable experience as an IRS registered
Maria Molnar

Ambassador of the Chicago Community Center
Georgiana Merdariu

Founding Member, RCC Chicago Ambassador, Marketing Director
Georgiana is bringing extensive experience in Communication & Marketing gained from her previous roles as a journalist in the biggest media trust in Romania and coordinator of international campaigns for well-established clients at Ogilvy and Grey G2.
Constantin Raduca

Community Center Ambassador
Ana Nedelcu

Community Director
Curious mind and adventurous soul, always trying to become, never to fit in! Inviting you to #ContemplateDifferentPerspective.