IWA  The International Women's Association of Bucharest

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IWA supports charitable organizations in the greater Bucharest area by providing grants
for short-term projects in order to improve the lives of disadvantaged Romanians.


All IWA members are invited to participate in the Charity Committee. We meet monthly from September through June, usually on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. We'd be happy to explain how we work, and we would love to have you join us. 
For more information please contact:  iwa.charity@gmail.com



IWA Charity Grants are funded by donations from the community. Please consider donating directly, or through your Romanian taxes. We also need your participation in our annual fundraiser - the Annual Christmas Bazaar. (Christmas Bazaar )  It is held each year in December at RomExpo. Generous embassies, businesses and volunteers unite to host the extravaganza. 100% of proceeds from the Bazaar go to charitable projects. 

Please note that you are welcome to invite any registered NGO to apply for a grant.

public photos from some of our sponsored NGO's:

IWA is a registered independent, voluntary, charitable, 
non-profit and non-political organization


IWA supports charitable organizations by providing grants for short-term projects in order to improve the lives of disadvantaged Romanians. 

We encourage NGOs to apply for grants meeting the following criteria:

    project should aim to improve the lives of disadvantaged Romanians.
  • Grants are for specific projects to be completed within 4 months of receiving funding. IWA does not fund salaries, utilities, rent or other ongoing expenses. IWA does not fund vehicles.
  • The project should be within 60 km of Bucharest.
  • Applications are accepted from NGOs registered in Romania that have been active at least 2 years.
  • The maximum grant per project is 25000 RON. 
  • NGOs may submit applications for new projects 2 years after receiving previous project funds.
  • If an application is accepted for consideration, IWA Charity Committee members will carry out site visits to determine if the project meets funding criteria and to verify project completion.
  • Funds shall not be granted to any organization that promotes a specific ideology or view, or a specific religious belief, or in any way discriminates a beneficiary according to race, religion, or political views.

Any charity which has questions about what may or may not be funded, or which needs assistance in completing the application, should contact the Charity Committee. We are happy to help. 

Please click the link below to download an application:  IWA Charity Grant Application 2017.docx

Please email the application to: iwa.charity@gmail.com
We look forward to working with you,

Delia Sfetcu
IWA Charity Coordinator 2017-2018


 IWA Charity Grants 

September 2015 to June 2016

Click name of organization to be directed to their website

  Asociatia Free

Reaches out to women and children trapped in the sex trade. Funds were used to furnish a shelter as well as items to be used for skills development. 4500 RON donated.

 Spitalul Militar (Miltary Hospital)

With support of IWA charity funds and coordination with Spitalul Militar, a versajet machine was purchased to be used to treat Colectiv burn victims, as well as treat patients in the future. This is the first device of its kind in Romania and should be able to assist many future Romanians. 108000 RON donated.

Casa Ioana

Provides shelter and services for women and children experiencing domestic abuse and family homelessness in Bucharest. Our charity committee provided items for the shelter (bedding, kitchen supplies, furniture). 25000 RON donated

Asociatia de Medicina Pentru Sanatate Publica

Serves children with ongoing and long-term medical treatments with occupational therapies, psychological assistance and various other supportive services to children. IWA grant purchased items to help furnish patients play room. 9000 RON donated.


Asociatia Sfantul Stefan

Assists children with severe neurological damage and motor impairments by using specialized medical equipment (sensory therapy). Funds were used to refurbish existing space and furnish living quarters for the patients. 25000 RON donated

Asociația de Terapie Comportamentală Aplicat

Supports children diagnosed with Autism specialized treatments to improve social integration and communication development. Our charity grant was used to purchase interactive materials and equipment to help stimulate development. 20000 RON.

Casa Shalom

Provides shelter and opportunities for young ladies’ victims of human trafficking. Funds were used to purchase items used to teach cosmetology skills, jewelry making, culinary skills, and other trades.   25000 RON donated.

Nightingale Children Project

Provides housing for children infected with HIV/AIDS and prevention of young men and women getting involved in prostitution and trafficking. Funds were used to purchase kitchen equipment.  24000 RON donated.


Volunteer Opportunities

 Our Lady of Mercy - contact Sister Rose:  sisterrosecarmel@hotmail.com
Please click the link for information - Our Lady of Mercy

IWA has given grants to the following organizations since 2012

We encourage you to learn more about these wonderful charitable organizations. 
Click on the name of the organization below to be directed to their website.
Remember that your time, energy and donations are always appreciated - a little can make a big difference.

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