Via Transilvanica FAQ

This page has been created to provide updates and to answer any questions you may have regarding the Via Transilvanica fundraiser and our process.

When will I be able to choose the location of my milestone?

Currently, as of February 2020, we expect the website that will allow you to choose the location of your milestone to be delivered in the second quarter of 2020 (April or May).

I want a milestone too, can I still purchase one?

Yes, currently (early 2020), you can still purchase your own milestone. Your donation is tax-deductible if made through the Romanian United Fund.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes, your donation is tax-deductible. We have applied for our 501c3 status and we should receive it by March or April 2020.

Do I get a tax-deductible receipt?

Yes, you should have received a receipt for your tax-deductible donation in early January 2020. If you have not received one, we may not have your proper contact information. Please email us at ruf.chicago@gmail.com with your contact information and we will promptly reply. Thank you

When will I have my milestone?

On the Via Transilvanica website, in the first quarter of 2020, you should be able to view, select and save the location of your own milestone. Depending on the location, you may already be able to "see" your milestone (if it's already been installed), or you may have to wait. The entire project (1,000 kilometers) is expected to be completed in the second part of 2021.

How do I submit the names and the story to be published on the app?

Early in 2020 (January/February), the website for selecting the location of milestones should come online. As soon as that happens, the process will be a little bit more clear, and a RUF volunteer will reach out to you for collecting and double-checking the names you already submitted.

Can I write my name on the actual milestone?

No, the names are not written on the milestone itself. Names will be listed on the "Donor's Walk", near Piatra Fantanele (Parcul National Calimani), in Bistrita. For each milestone purchased, there will be one large stone in the ground, that will have your names on. It's a very beautiful area, you will love it. Your name will also be listed on the phone application that will be delivered in the course of 2020. You will be able to "see" your milestone, and your name listed next to it on the app. You will also be able to write a little story about yourself, your family, or what inspired you to make a donation.

How many names can be written in stone on the Donor's Walk?

You can write up to 15 names for anyone stone (one for each milestone) and on the phone app that will be used to travel on Via Transilvanica.

Nobody has contacted me yet regarded my milestone, when should I expect your call?

As soon as the website is delivered (Q2/2020), we will start collecting individual information that you can post on the app and on the Donor's Walk. You may be able to personalize that yourself through the website, once it is available.

I have another question, what do I do?

Please write to us at ruf.chicago@gmail.com. We try to answer promptly, but it may take up to a couple of days. Thank you for your understanding and for being part of the Romanian United Fund community.

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