Imagine meeting a stranger and having to pick a few words to describe who you are.
Would one of those descriptions be your Italian American heritage?
When you think of yourself and all that you do, are the values and traditions that you have inherited from your Italian American ancestors one of the major factors in who you are today?
In other words. . . Are you Italian American?
According to recent census data, upwards of 18 million Italian American made the conscious decision to write-in their ethnicity, making us one of the largest self-identifying ethnic groups in the nation.
The National Italian American Foundation invests an average $1 Million a year in future generations through Scholarships and Grants; sends young Italian American students to Italy for the first time; and engages with local Italian American groups across the nation who provide exciting and positive ways for Italian Americans to participate in their local communities.
These numbers represent a vast and diverse network of proud Italian Americans. We have accomplished so much in our time in this nation and we have done it through hard work, determination and an incredible sense of community and family. Imagine what 26 million Italian Americans could do with one united voice!
We want to be that voice. We want to be that vehicle to bring everyone together, but we need your help!
By adding your contribution of $100 to this appeal, you add your name to this website and list of Italian Americans who recognize that the efforts of the National Italian American Foundation are now, more than ever, an important part of what it means to be Italian American in the 21st century.
If you can’t make a $100 donation, any amount is appreciated and it goes to an amazing cause – preserving and protecting the Italian American heritage.
Your donation will help NIAF continue to provide valuable educational programs to young Italian Americans, to help them gain an understanding of their heritage and a pride in preserving that heritage for the next generation. And your donation will also help NIAF create a permanent home for Italian American memorabilia and the history of our people with our planned Italian American Museum.
Every dollar counts towards this worthy cause, so please join us and donate today!
“While many students nowadays must struggle to balance school and work and are burdened with debt after graduation, the NIAF Intel Scholarship has freed me from financial worries and allowed me to focus exclusively on academics and extracurricular activities. This has allowed me to engage in many extracurricular activities that have greatly enhanced my educational experience. For example, during my freshman year I was offered the opportunity to be involved in a program called EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service). Through my involvement in EPICS I was appointed the leader of a small group of engineering students working on a design for an affordable digital high power microscope. Over the course of a semester and several design iterations, the design developed by my team was successful in developing a working prototype that is now being evaluated for commercialization and large-scale manufacturing. I believe that this microscope has the potential to enhance education opportunities for millions of low income students around the world. My team is currently preparing a technical paper for publication as well as pursuing a patent on several elements of our design. The NIAF Intel Scholarship is helping me earn credentials and continue to explore the many applications of Chemical Engineering, but most importantly is allowing me to further my commitment to educating myself and getting me one step closer to my ultimate goal of becoming a professional engineer.
Being Italian American means a lot to men. I am honored and proud to be part of this nurturing and wonderful community. A community that gives me a collective identity while helping me forge my own individuality by giving me the comfort, security and a sense of belonging to a community. These historical contributions that Italian Americans have bestowed upon the US are of great importance. Their hard work, traditions and values throughout the history of this country have had an enormous and positive impact and, one day, I hope I will be able to add my own experiences and endeavors to the ever expanding book of the Italian American accomplishments.”
Thank you for pledging your support to the National Italian American Foundation and for adding your voice to the 26 million who say:
“We are Italian Americans, We are proud, We are NIAF!”
Your donation will help support our Foundation’s mission of promoting and protecting the Italian American heritage and ensuring that future generations continue to do so.