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Our work goes far beyond grant making. We act more like a venture fund seeking social investments in initiatives that have strong potential for replication and a broad impact.

We proactively search, support and further develop initiatives, through grants and program-related initiatives, matched with ongoing technical assistance.

We partner with leaders and innovators that have a long-term commitment and who share our passion and mission to affect change in the fields we consider strategic.

WORKING PRINCIPLES

SELECTION

Romanian-American Foundation funds programs by invitation only.

 

WHAT WE FUND

We know our resources are limited, compared with the needs and the potential of the Romanian society. We therefore invest in initiatives that are in line with RAF’s mission and that contribute to our three strategic priorities: Rural economy, technology and innovation, and civic engagement.

 

PARTNERSHIPS

We will never replace functions of local or national government. We seek to form strong partnerships with local communities, public authorities or other organizations to increase the impact of RAF-supported projects.

 

LEADERSHIP

Our partners are established organizations, with a relevant track record, sound operations and policies and permanent staff. We evaluate leadership, as well as the value of the project itself.

 

RECIPROCITY

We work in partnership: our partners and grantees contribute own resources (not necessarily money) to the project.

 

REPLICABILITY

We seek to support projects with high potential for replication and visible impact.

 

HOW WE WORK

We fund projects by invitation only. However, we are open to receiving project proposals in line with RAF’s strategies.

 

The development and review of a full application (including due diligence) may take three to four months. Grants are approved by the Board of Directors three times per year, in January, May and October.

 

RAF is a US-based non-profit entity. To ensure the appropriate use of our grant funds and compliance with the U.S. tax code and anti-terrorism laws, the foundation has extensive procedures for making and monitoring all grants.

RULES IN RELATION WITH PARTNERS

THE PROCESS