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...

At the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), we believe strongly in supporting future generations of the Italian American community. This is why we created the NIAF Congressional Fellowship; with it, we place outstanding Italian American college students, graduate students and recent graduates in the offices of members of the Italian America...

Join the University of Maryland’s Department of Classics for the annual NIAF Pellegri Distinguished Lecture, featuring Professor Orlando Patterson of Harvard University, on Thursday, April 13, at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will explore the parallels and continuities between America and Ancient Rome’s approach to “Freedom, Slavery and Redemption.” For mo...

Job Description: The Major Gifts Officer is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing the individual and institutional major donor program in order to meet NIAF’s yearly fundraising goals. The Major Gifts Officer will be responsible for developing a new and differentiated base of national and international donors in order to facilitat...

Last week, some of New York’s finest members of the Italian American community gathered to honor some of its brightest in business, sports, entertainment, and politics at Cipriani’s 42nd Street for The National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) Annual New York Gala. This year, there was a major focus on financial and professional services, with...

I had the opportunity this past week to attend the National Italian American Foundation’s (NIAF) annual New York City Gala.   NIAF has been a big supporter of The Italian American Podcast since the beginning, and Dolores and I are both proud members of NIAF. I am never sure what to expect at events like this.  Will they be crowded or rushed?  Will...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has elected a new Board of Directors for the 2017-2021 term, during a March 23, 2017 meeting at the New York offices of Pepper Hamilton LLP. Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and ceo of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and former NIAF vice chair; and Gabriel A. Battista, former president,...