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mil USD
granted for programs under the civic engagement priority

Romanian-American Foundation invests in strategic programs that aim to empower individuals, groups and organizations to assume shared responsibility and to take action to solve community/society issues. These programs are designed to mobilize resources in support of civic initiatives and actions in the long run.

Over the past few years Romania has witnessed a positive surge in civic engagement.  A growing number of informal citizens groups and private donors have become involved in identifying and addressing communities’ concerns. Moreover, Romanians prove willing to contribute time, money and know-how, particularly if they have the context and opportunities to do so, and if they trust the people involved.

However, organizations able to provide the necessary support system for civic engagement are either absent or underdeveloped and require consistent support to flourish and overcome limitations.

The future of civic engagement must focus on the next generation of active citizens: children and young people. Insufficient civic education in schools, limited learning opportunities outside schools, and the lack of role models threaten the future of civic engagement and participation.

Through our work we aggregate mechanisms that foster interactions between people and their communities. We believe that a society is that much stronger when its citizens are actively involved in their communities.

RAF has set several strategic objectives under this priority: to support the development of civic/philanthropy-friendly infrastructure, to provide opportunities for young people to learn and practice active citizenship, and to contribute to the capacity development of our partner organizations.


Developing an Infrastructure for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

RAF contributes to the development of an infrastructure of mechanisms and models designed to stimulate philanthropy and foster civic engagement and community development.

The programs under this strategy

  • strengthen existing  mechanisms for mobilizing private resources and bridge society issues with expertise, volunteerism, solidarity, and other resources from people and companies.



  • foster public outreach initiatives, such as research, storytelling, and promoting role models.



  • build and strengthen the capacity of RAF partner organizations to take and/or support leadership in their field of activity
Development of Community Foundations in Romania
The program aims to develop the community foundations’ capacity to become active centers for local philanthropy and to consolidate the community foundations network at the national level.
Easy Giving (finalized program)
This program was designed to stimulate the development of philanthropy in Romania by operating a collaborative, transparent, safe, efficient and easy-to-use individual donation mechanism in partnership with major Romanian banks and mobile phone operators.
Ashoka Innovators for the Public
RAF supported the introduction and replication of the Ashoka Innovators for the Public model in Romania, a program that identifies and supports entrepreneurial individuals with innovative solutions for society’s systemic problems.
Code for Romania
Scaling up the activities and increasing the sustainability of the Code for Romania Association, as well as growing their volunteers’ community, who works to develop digital solutions for issues of public interest.
Solutions Journalism: Reconstruction and Resilience
The program aims to develop a framework of solutions journalism to help society multiply success stories, and recover faster from the economic, psychological, and personal crises caused by the pandemic.  
The program aims to develop the capacity and increase the sustainability of the Galantom fundraising platform in Romania.
Marketing and Communication Polyclinic
Improving the communication capacities and the performance in the public relation field of RAF partner NGOs.
GDPR and AML Compliance
The program aims to improve the capacity of the Romanian NGO sector to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Legislation.
Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives
This program increases the annual number of seats allocated to Romanian leaders eligible to participate in the Marshall Memorial Fellowship program, organized by GMF in the U.S. and Europe.
Civic Education

We envision a society where more young people get involved in civic initiatives, contribute actively to the resolution of various issues in their communities, donate and volunteer. To this end, we support non-formal civic education programs and explore methods to be used by schools in order to build better civic competences for children.

Teaching Media Literacy
The program aims to contribute to improving media literacy of high-school students, both as media consumers and generators of content. The abundance of information and social media changed the media consumption and content creation. New skills, such as critical understanding and usage of information, become more and more important. The project aims to respond to this new trend contributing to building media literacy as a new set of civic skills.
One World Romania at School
Stimulates the use of documentary films about human rights as a civic education tool, both during classes and as an extra-curricular activity.
Project citizen
Project Citizen is a civic education method teaching students how to relate with public authorities and use their citizen rights to influence their decisions. The program supports the inclusion of this method in the current practice of teaching civic education in the seventh grade.
Debate Program in Schools
The program supports the use of debate as an educational tool both in debate clubs (extra-curricular) and during classes.
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