In the midst of our rapidly changing reality, the experience of alienation is common. Most of us no longer walk the land of our ancestors. Yet, we long to belong. We seek home everywhere we go. This is why heritage plays a significant part in our present and future.

Who are we as Romanians living abroad? How can we remain connected to our roots?  We should look at our heritage with care and devotion. It has shaped our identities and it continues to define our Romanian-ness. It keeps our communities together, it bonds us as a nation, wherever we are.

Join our Heritage Campaign this month to support these amazing projects presented by our partners. Help us fundraise for heritage entrepreneurial education for rural kids, to rebuild the roof of a unique church, and/or to preserve and promote the traditional garb and work of local artisans.

RUF guarantees 100% pass-through for your donations!

RUF HeritageDuring the month of March, we fundraise for three amazing heritage projects proposed by our partners. Please, join our efforts. 

Oɴʟʏ ɪɴ Mᴀʀᴄʜ!
Cʀᴇᴀᴛᴇ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴏᴡɴ ғᴜɴᴅʀᴀɪsᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ RUF ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜᴇs ᴜᴘ ᴛᴏ $10,000. 100 ғᴜɴᴅʀᴀɪsᴇʀs ᴡʜᴏ ɪɴᴠɪᴛᴇ 100 ғʀɪᴇɴᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ʀᴀɪsᴇ $100, ᴡɪʟʟ ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇ ᴀ $100 ᴍᴀᴛᴄʜ!
Here are the projects:

Fundatia Noi Orizonturi - Facem un viitor acasă! Alături de copii și tineriRaising money for heritage entrepreneurial projects led by outstanding kids in more than 30 rural communities.

Asociatia Monumentum - ACOPERIȘ PESTE „AFFRESCO”, APOI ÎN UNESCO Raising money to rebuild the roof of Michael The Archangel Church in Gurasada, Hunedoara county, to preserve the endangered mural inside.


Raising money to map the traditional garb and artisans of Tara Fagarasului and Valcea counties:

Fundatia Federatiile Comunitare din Romania - Acasă la origini. Povestea continuă.

Fundatia Comunitara Valcea - Acasă la origini. Continuăm povestea portului traditional la Valcea

Fundatia Comunitara Tara Fagarasului - Acasă la origini, în Țara Făgărașului



Happy Martzisor!

These days we celebrate “Zilele Babei“. This old Romanian tradition requires women to chose a day or a ”baba“ between March 1st and 9th and observe the weather that day. It is said to anticipate the mood, luck, and predisposition of the person until next Spring. ”Babele“ symbolizes a fascinating tradition, a legend that has surfaced in several myths and chronicles, based upon an archaic interpretation of weather and family rituals.

So, did you chose a baba this year? 



Our Founding Members

At the root of all wonderful achievements, there is a group of people who dreamed that the future can be better for all of us. This is also true for RUF and our founding members. We thank them for making it possible for us to take their dream further. 

From left to right, top to bottom:

Miruna Zamfirescu, Adina Sandu, Alina Cumpan, Ligia Apostoaia, Mirela Birta, Georgiana Merdariu, Mircea Campean, Mihai Bora, Monica Horga, Mihaela Livanu, Casandra Rdzak, Mihai Lehene, Anamaria Neamt, Ariana Drule.

Thank you! 



Amazon Smile Campaign

We continue offering you a reason to smile while doing what you might like: shop. We have joined Amazon Smile, so we could be your organization of choice on it. This way, 0.5% of qualifying purchases that you make on Amazon will be redirected to RUF.

Please visit to select Romanian United Fund (RUF) as your choice.  This will make part of your Amazon purchase to be transformed into a moment of hope which will certainly reside one day into someone’s heart as an accomplished need.



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