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TFN Romania and a successful swimathon

One of the first countries to successfully adopt the TFN model was Romania following a study visit to London we hosted for representatives of ARC Romania back in 2012. ARC is responsible for the development of philanthropy in Romania and has overseen the establishment of a national network of community foundations, many of which now hold regular TFN events. At last count, 60 “Cercul de Donatori” events in 12 Romanian cities had raised in excess of £200,000 for 250 community projects.

Not content with introducing TFN within their own country, our Romanian colleagues have set about introducing it to Romanians living abroad. Last week we were delighted that Cercul de Donatori events catering to the Romanian diaspora were held simultaneously in Brussels (the second such event) and for the first time in London at the Romanian Cultural Institute.

These events, which were organised in partnership with GRASP (Global Alliance of Young Professional Romanians), brought together around 150 young Romanians to raise a total of £16,000 for six projects (representatives of which travelled to the event to pitch). Projects sought to improve access to legal aid for low income Romanian families, increase transparency and accountability of decision making at Bucharest City Hall and help Romanian school children better understand the country’s constitution, among other things.

“Felicitări” to everyone involved in these Romanian diaspora events, particularly Ioana Traista and Rares Pamfil and here’s hoping they are the first of many in Brussels, London and beyond!

P.S. Thank you to those of you who supported my swim in the Budapest Swimathon last weekend organised by our friends at the Ferencvaros Community Foundation.  I raised over €2,000 euros and the event raised more than €60,000 for six brilliant local projects!

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