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!
“The experience of applying, interviewing for and winning the scholarship two years in a row has given me a much deeper appreciation of my Italian heritage. My father was the first person in his family to earn a college degree, so the opportunity to be able to do the same is definitely a great privilege. My first two years at Cedarville can be summarized as full of opportunity. I have had opportunities to interact with incredible people, learn from phenomenal professors, participate in several community service projects with my peers, and grow in my passion for emergency medicine by getting my EMT certification freshman year and volunteering as an EMT sophomore year. Receiving my EMT training was made possible through the NIAF scholarship, as the additional financial commitment it posed would not have been affordable if not for the NIAF scholarship. Through the generous support of those in the NIAF, my first two years at Cedarville have been filled with many memorable moments, and the opportunity to grow in my knowledge of and passion for nursing, emergency medicine, and care for people.”
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.