The National Italian American Foundation will celebrate its 42nd Anniversary Gala Weekend November 3-5, 2017! Join us in Washington, D.C. on Friday, November 3, 2017 and Saturday, November 4, 2017 for what is sure to be another very special weekend of Italian American pride at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Please check back to view th...

The Selection Committee is pleased to announce the grant recipients for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum, an initiative to fund films depicting and exploring the Italian American experience for the benefit of future generations. Applicants from across the U.S. (and even Italy) submitted proposals, generating a pool of traditional and...

Twenty university students from across the nation will participate in the 2017 Ambassador Peter F. Secchia Voyage of Discovery Program, an all-expenses-paid educational and cultural initiative sponsored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) that takes Italian American students to Italy each summer. This year’s tour will send students t...

NIAF Chairman Emeritus Joseph V. Del Raso and the Foundation’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce the 2017-2019 Instructor in Residence Award to Elissa Ruffino.  For more than 23 years, Ruffino served NIAF as its public relations and communications director and chief brand officer.  She is presently teaching at area universities. “We are ve...

New York native Gina Viteritti is the recipient of a full-tuition scholarship from the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in partnership with Accademia Teatro all Scala, one of the most renowned institutions for training professionals in the performing arts, and Politecnico di Milano Graduate School of Business (MIP), an internationally re...

Inspired by his self-made succesfull family, John Viola decided to turn NIAF (The National Italian American Foundation) into the leading educational and cultural non-profit - not only for the twenty-five million Americans of Italian descent - but also for the over two hundred million in the Italian diaspora. Viola’s mission is to create a young and...

Ciao from Rome! Even if I'm a bit late, Happy Easter! Are you still eating chocolate eggs and Easter dove cakes? Remember, in Italy every holiday has its own sweet (actually, often more than one). I came back after a week of very interesting meetings in New York and Connecticut, and after attending the NIAF New York Spring Gala. Our friends at NIAF...

“You’re just happy to be here, aren’t you?” I looked to the tour I was leading through the U.S. Capitol to see who had said this to me. It was the boy who had just started fourth grade. He was right. He was also delighted to be there, himself. As we stepped into the Rotunda—the actual, iconic dome of the Capitol and the hub of its breathtaking art—...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) mourns the passing of Pino Cicala, one of the founders of NIAF and a tireless promoter of the Italian culture in the greater Washington, D.C. area for more than half a century. “The entire NIAF family is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our organization’s founders and a man who for 60 plus years...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce that NIAF Co-Chair Patricia de Stacy Harrison and NIAF Vice Chair Robert E. Carlucci have been named recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO). The medals are presented each year on historic Ellis Island to a select...