Italy and the United States share a long history mutual influence and support. From Filippo Mazzei, who influenced Thomas Jefferson’s ideas on liberty and democracy, to the vast influx of Italian immigrants who contributed to American culture, to modern Italy’s role as one of the U.S.’s most important allies, Italy and the U.S. have a longstanding...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) extends its sincere thoughts and prayers for speedy recoveries to the victims of today’s senseless attack on the Republican Party’s congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. Among the injured was Representative Steve Scalise, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip and Representative for...

Hello all and Happy Spring! I am excited to announce that I have been cast in a film underwritten by the incredibly successful Italian-American Hollywood Producers, the Russo Brothers (Captain America/Marvel) thru a NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) grant!!    Most of you don't know that my original dream was to be an actress and that I g...

During the celebrations held at the Embassy of Italy in US, Ambassador Armando Varricchio recalled the “values of freedom, democracy and human rights” that are the tenets of the Italian Republic and of Italy’s friendship and alliance with the United States of America. Italy — he also underlined — is at the forefront in providing security worldwide....

For the first time in five years, the rain held off, and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) was able to hold its Fifth Annual Congressional Bocce Ball Tournament outdoors. The tournament, held in memory of former NIAF Board Member and Chair of the Foundation’s Government Relations and Public Policy Committee Mark Valente, featured 10 t...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and U.S. Italy Fulbright Commission join the Fondazione Giovanni e Francesca Falcone in honoring the memory of Judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife Francesca Morvillo, and the three agents of his security detail, who were tragically killed 25 years ago, on May 23, 1992. Born in Palermo, in 1939, Falcone s...

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...