THE RAȚIU FOUNDATIONS
The Turda based Rațiu Democracy Centre has been founded in 2004 by the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation.
The Ratiu Family Charitable Foundation was established in London in 1979 by Ion and Elisabeth Rațiu to promote and support projects which further education and research in the culture and history of Romania, both in Romania and the UK. The Foundation offers up to 100 annual grants, principally for projects, postgraduate courses, conference participations, travel grants, and other short term courses including academic research. It also offers annual seed funding for innovative projects, principally in Romania, to foster arts and civilisation, heritage, civil society, democracy, and environmental protection.
In partnership with the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation and LSE IDEAS, the Rațiu Democracy Centre has contributed to the establishment of the Rațiu Forum in 2019.
The Rațiu Forum is a joint initiative of the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, the Rațiu Democracy Centre and the London School of Economics foreign policy think tank IDEAS. The priority areas of interest of the Rațiu Forum are Romania and the Balkan region. The Rațiu Forum is a part of the Central and South-East Europe Programme of LSE IDEAS, focused on strengthening cooperation in the region, through events and collaborations, publications and projects aiming to generate a richer understanding of the region’s history, geopolitics and current affairs.