Peer-learning expert at ECFI
From 2014 SV to Romania
Your experience with the CFs and your professional relevance to the theme of CFs:
I have joined ARC and the national program for development of community foundations in January 2012, after a Master program in NGO Management. At the time there were 6 registered community foundations and 1 advanced initiative group as well as intention to start up CF’s in 6 more regions. At the beginning of 2013 we are proud to say there are 12 registered CF’s in different stages of development. My work over the past 2 years has reached various topics related to CF’s like communication, grant-making, capacity development, learning needs as well as sustainability issues. I have also contributed to the INSPIRE program as I strongly believe in the model of philanthropic advising for fund development in community foundations.
Area of your particular interest in the CF development/ CF management/ practice
I am interested in sharing information and experience from our work of support for development of the CF’s and CF movement in Romania. I am really keen on discovering what a fresh eye has to say about what is happening in our country and how we can improve. I’m also eager to learn about the balance between the US/UK CF model and to what extent we can balance/ adapt it to local context, but still fit the ‘pattern’ of a CF.
Key characteristics and information about the CFs and community philanthropy in your country:
There are currently 12 community foundations in Romania, covering 35% of the Romanian population. The CF movement is relatively young, with older foundations having now 5.5 years of experience, while the last 4 foundations registered during 2013. There is a strong emphasis on philanthropy & stimulating private resources as solutions to local needs. The foundations develop new ways to encourage giving and support financially local initiatives. An amount of over $800,000 was granted in communities so far.