Summer is drawing to an end, and everyone is returning from vacation. The RUF and ROCO teams are back, and we're happy to bring you exciting news and updates on our projects and programs.


Herald Highlights

RUF Excellence Center

   👉 All class registrations are OPEN

  • School starts Oct 3rd. Register now.


   👉 Romanian American National Heritage Award

  • Deadline for submissions is Sep 30. Apply now.

ROCO Chicago

   👉 Signup for upcoming events

   👉 1,000 members campaign starts now


    👉 The RUF Gala. Photos, videos, and sponsors.

    👉 Ukrainian Peace Fund (UPF) Update


Schools are about to start, and the minds are ready to assimilate new information! 

We are no exception and getting ready to open the first week of October:

As of this semester, classes will be hybrid (in person at ROCO, the Romanian Community Center in Chicago, and online via zoom).



The Romanian American National Heritage Award-6th Edition



The award recognizes exceptional contributions to the cohesion of the Romanian community and the preservation of its heritage, language, culture, and traditions.

June 30 - Submission of Applications Opened

September 30 - Submission of Applications Closes

October 15 - Winners Announced

It is granted by the American Romanian Cultural Society and Romanian United Fund, with the endorsement of the Embassy of Romania to the United States. The Award Ceremony will be hosted at the Alianța Gala on November 30th - December 1st. 




ROCO Chicago

RUF's main goal until year's end is the completion and successful delivery of ROCO Chicago. The campaign to finance the center by reaching 1,000 members is about to restart. We need everyone's help.

Since launching, ROCO has hosted various events for the Romanian community in Chicago. This was only possible by community members coming together.


Here is a list of events ROCO Chicago has hosted so far:

👉 Greg Borzo on Chicago and How to Publish a Book

👉 Soft Launch & Karaoke

👉 Via Transilvanica Film Premiere Chicago

👉 ROFest.Trends 2022

👉 Game Night - RUF Youth

👉 The Story of an Immigrant Journey - Book Signing Event with Domnica Radulescu

Together with the Chicago community, RUF is launching ROCO, The Romanian Community Center. The center is donated to the community itself: you own it, and it is yours. By December 31st, 1,000 members will make the center a reality.




Remember: RUF Gala

Our Gala sponsors are celebrated this week at ROCO, their names displayed on two large screens adorning our entrance.

Would you consider sponsoring ROCO? Our permanent DONOR WALL is ready to be installed at the end of the year and will have the names of all the donors. In the meantime, our 6-foot-tall TVs at the center proudly display our donors.


On this occasion, we are happy to share our Gala Highlights video again.



Nothing would have been possible without the support of our sponsors, partners, volunteers, donors, and guests.

Venue: Stan Mansion
Flowers: Ordinary Seed
Catering: Ovy Signature Catering
Projection: Stand and Clap Entertainment
DJ: Ciprian Pop
Live music: Paula Seling, Daniela Ionescu Bisenius, Bane Djordejevic

Filming: Liviu Roman, Cody Barbu, Victor Durgheu
Editing: Cody Barbu
Graphic Design: Deeea Rebaltescu
Photography: Adrian Nastase, Marian Petruta, Natalia Ghilascu

Program Coordinator: Georgiana Merdariu
Master of ceremony: Ligia Apostoianu, Tudor Petrut

Volunteers: Nicoleta Roman, Miruna Zamfirescu, Adina Sandu, Dan Cosma, Luciana Nemtanu, Claudia Lehene, Mihaela Livanu, Onita Circu, Oana Dobrean, Diana Ulici, Monica Moigradan, Codruta Bodi, Irina Nedeljkovic, Monica Bora, Mona Zaha, Ioana Savos, Oana Dobreanu Urzica, Cosmina Ungur, Liviu Soneriu, Anamaria Grecu, Adrian Nechiti, Geneva Coca, Petrache Natalia and so many others. Thank you!



You all are our Gala’s closing credits, and you deserve all the recognition, gratitude, praise, and attention because nothing, and we mean nothing, would have been possible without you.


Ukrainian Peace Fund Update

House Of Ukrainian Friends is one of the projects we financed to aid Ukrainian refugees in Romania. The young ones are still taking advantage of the weather on summer break. They also recently received an assortment of toys from the USA and "Chicago Cubs" fan wear. The fundraiser is still open if you wish to contribute.

Ukrainian Peace Fund has raised over $317,000, and we have selected the following organizations/projects to finance based on an audit and an evaluation conducted by outside experts.


Active Campaigns

Diaspora Events

RUF will present The Magic of NFTs online workshop on September 16th


Amazon Smile Campaign


Select RUF as your charity of choice on Amazon today.

If you use the Amazon app on your phone, you will have to turn on "Generating Donations" on every device you use (Settings > Amazon Smile > Turn ON Amazon Smile). When you purchase from your computer, make sure you use (not simply Amazon doesn't make it easy on us :)

Check out and share our Amazon Smile video on YouTube (courtesy of Cody Barbu).


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Romanian United Fund

RUF - Romanian United Foundation


RUF is a 100% pass-through fundraising platform. We help diaspora & local nonprofits in Romania access the funding, tools, training, and support they need to become more effective. We do this by connecting NGOs, donors & volunteers from all over the world