MISSION & APPROACH
It is a key principle of our approach that 100% of your donation is used exclusively for the students in our program. The founders pay all administrative costs.
The foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life of Romanian and Moldovan orphaned and abandoned children by providing them with greater access to life’s opportunities through college scholarships, a mentorship program, additional educational courses and yearly summer camps.
The goal is not solely to prepare them intellectually for their future but also to develop their social and emotional strengths. Such a comprehensive approach helps decrease discrimination against them and increase their chances of successfully integrating into society while becoming self-sufficient, productive adults.
• To inspire those living in Romania who have grown up under the Communist regime to embrace the notion of charitable giving by taking on the task of healing and uplifting society beyond the government’s contribution.
• To inspire the diasporas of other nations who live in developed countries to reach out in strategic ways to those they left behind in an effort to make a profound and lasting impact on their lives.
The name Blue Heron, which in Native American symbolism stands for “inner reflection and active manifestation of one’s spiritual path,” mirrors the founder’s journey at a time when she decided to give back to disadvantaged children in Romania. Try watching this video on www.youtube.com .
HISTORY & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Since 2002 we have raised and invested over $1.5 Million in bettering the lives of more than 3,000 Romanian and Moldovan youths with the help of a generous community of over 900 American and Romanian donors, 140 mentors from 6 different countries and 430 volunteers.
We are active in 20+ counties in Romania and, since 2015, in 4 regions in the Republic of Moldova, with the eventual goal of expanding to all districts.
In keeping with our philosophy of minimizing extraneous expenses, our primary fundraising instrument is a “Giving Circle” in which members pledge an annual minimum of $500. We meet every fall during our yearly “Salon” to hear about Blue Heron’s activities and receive updates from scholarship recipients via Skype.
In accordance with our goal of increasing the cultural profile of charitable giving in Romania, since 2006 we have organized numerous local galas. Our annual fundraiser, the Valentine’s Day Charity Ball, became a tradition among Bucharest’s charity events. The evenings culminated with the presentation of the Forget-Me-Not Humanitarian Award, which to date has been given to 6 notable Romanians who have shown exemplary dedication to bettering the lives of the country’s underprivileged children.
As of spring 2016, we have rekindled the commitment to cultivate our East Coast base of support by hosting a Salon in New York City. Going forward, the intention is to make this an annual occurrence.