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ROMANIAN-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
We support long-term programs to help boost the rural economy, technology and innovation, and civic engagement. Together with our partners, we work with change makers, leaders, and organizations who share our passion for the public good.
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VIBRANT RURAL COMMUNITIES
We contribute to the economic development of rural communities by encouraging entrepreneurial initiatives, community development, and education. We mainly invest in two niches identified as having high potential for economic growth: supporting small farmers and ecotourism.
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EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE
We work with teachers, education institutions and strategic partners from the business and NGO sectors to create programs that endow students with the information and technical know-how needed to develop their entrepreneurial skills, understand market mechanisms, and think innovatively.
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ACTIVE CITIZENS
We invest in strategic programs designed to involve people in actions and projects that lead to the development of their communities. We support civil society organizations’ efforts to increase their impact and better serve their communities.
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Who We Are
Rural economy
Technology and innovation
Civic engagement
HOW WE WORK

RAF Programs

The RAF Scholar Award program will provide 24 Romanian professors from technical universities around the country with the opportunity to gain U.S. university-based experience in developing and sustaining entrepreneurship education. In turn, upon returning to Romania, the participating professors would broaden the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

RAF Results

+
9.5
MILLION USD
granted for education programs (2009-2018)
+
6500
TEACHERS
and over 385,000 students benefited from RAF-funded programs (2009-2018)
+
200
SCHOOLS
from small towns and rural areas included in RAF-funded educational programs in the 2017-2018 school year

Succes Stories

91 teachers are currently changing the way computer sciences are taught in schools: by involving students in long-term projects, they give meaning to the subject they teach. The process in called project-based learning and it activates divergent thinking, the kind that continuously searches for creative solutions.

Resources

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