Follow-up: A Business Mindset for NGOs. One Foundation`s Strategy in Sustainability – Master Class with Pamela Ratiu (Maastricht School of Management Romania, 2013.10.24)

In the workshop we have discussed briefly the value of sustainability in a foundation today, the difficulties existing in Romania, the lack of public sector funding and the lack of NGOs applying a business plan to foundations.  Today, unless a foundation has a sustainable business plan in place, the chances of the succeeding in meeting their goals is short lived.

Despite the vast number of NGOs in today`s Romania, few have business plans and even fewer are looking at sustainability.  Pamela Roussos Raţiu has started by reassessing their own foundations (they are actually 5 separate foundations), working with our resources at hand, as well as our strengths and weaknesses.


  • Pamela Roussous Rațiu, Executive Director of the Raţiu Family Charitable Foundation in Romania.
  • Mădălina Mocan, Executive Director of the Democracy Ratiu (CRD).
  • Ioana Rațiu-Răileanu, trustee Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation.

Below, photos and videos from the event.



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Pamela Roussos Raţiu is Executive Director of the Raţiu Family Charitable Foundation in Romania, manager of Turda Development, initiator and coordinator of the hotel project Ratz de Nagylak. She is also president of the Transilvania Fest Association and promoter of the Transilvania Fest festival, currently a prominent cultural and gastronomical event in the region.

As member of the Directive Committee of the Ratiu Center for Democracy, in 2006 she laid the basis of a program combating human trafficking, which in 2013 became “Step by Step against Modern Slavery”, an initiative supporting the survivors of human trafficking and militating for a more efficient implementation of the law.

She lives in Romania since 2001. In 2007 she was designated Woman of the Year by Avantaje magazine, and în 2011 she was awarded King Mihai I`s Medal for Loyalty.

Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1948, Pamela Roussos Raţiu has attended classical studies in art and music at the Florida State University and theatre classes at the Stela Adler Theater Workshop.

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