Romanian percentage philanthropy: performance, priorities and opportunities for improvement

Although Romania’s percentage philanthropy system has recently closed its eighth year of implementation, no systematic analysis of its function has yet been conducted. While it may yet be too early to resolve questions of whether this “transition philanthropy” program has achieved its goals, analysis of how the system functions “on the ground” is long overdue. Focusing on how the system works, how key stakeholders navigate this system and to what extent Romania’s system contributes to percentage philanthropy’s twin goals of developing the NGO sector and nurturing a tradition of individual donation. Drawing on insights from percentage philanthropy experts, this policy analysis provides a reading of the interim results of the percentage philanthropy system in Romania, concluding that the system—though imperfect—works.