OSDIA Celebrates Successful Year for Fundraising, Philanthropy, and National Education and Leadership Awards

Jan 04, 2022 425

BY: Miles Ryan Fisher

The Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) is celebrating a year of exceptional and inspirational fundraising and philanthropic work. Originally called Ordine Figli d’Italia, the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA) was established in the Little Italy neighborhood of New York City on June 22, 1905.

The Founders aimed to create a support system for all Italian immigrants that could provide invaluable assistance with the daunting process of becoming U.S. citizens, generously provide health/death benefits, educational opportunities, and assist each with assimilation in America.

Now, 116 years later, OSDIA continues to grow and expand with the ever-changing world to create unity in the heritage, support, inspiration, education, and outstanding philanthropic opportunities to which every nonprofit organization can aspire.

Among 2021 highlights were:

The first #GivingTuesday for the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) exceeded expectations. Countless donations permitted OSDIA to expand significantly upon the tens of millions of dollars already gifted. Focused on educational programs and scholarships, grants for cultural preservation and advancement, medical research, disaster relief, and wounded troops' and veterans' causes have been the focus over several decades.

OSDIA donations in action:

Founded in 1959, the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF), the philanthropic arm of OSDIA, the latter: as oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States, has over six decades supported numerous charities. These charitable organizations include: the Alzheimer's Association, Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Veterans, educational scholarships, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Gary Sinise Foundation, wounded troops' and veterans' causes, Foundation for Cancer Research, Garibaldi-Meucci Museum, Ronald McDonald House of New York, and the Washington D.C. Police Foundation, to name a few. Since 1959, the Sons of Italy Foundation has raised tens of millions of dollars for charities and scholarships. In 2021, the SIF donated $20,000 to Help Our Military Heroes, the seventh contribution in eight years, and has raised over $200,000 in the last biennium for charities.

In addition to honoring these distinguished individuals, the SIF awards highly selective scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students of Italian descent for exemplary academic performance, school leadership, and community service. Since 1989, millions of dollars in scholarships have been awarded at the 32 annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Galas.

Noteworthy Honorees and Attendees

Past attendees to the NELA Galas include U.S. presidents, members of Congress and the Cabinet, and foreign diplomats. Previous SIF honorees include President Bill Clinton; President George W. Bush; Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano; U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito; former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; former Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne; science and medicine luminaries Drs. Anthony Fauci, Robert Gallo, and Michael Sofia; entertainers Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Annette Funichello, and Gary Sinise; and sports legends Lou Carnesecca, Mario Andretti, Geno Auriemma, and Tommy Lasorda.

As the OSDIA organization celebrates these accomplishments, forward momentum continues into 2022. OSDIA memberships are on the rise, and the generosity of spirit is exemplified in the SIF donations and legacy giving that grows even more robust with time.

Membership and Donations:

Join the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA) and donate to the Sons of Italy Foundation (SIF) or the Commission for Social Justice (CSJ), the OSDIA arm to fight stereotypes and promote a positive image. All donations are tax-deductible to this 501(c)(3) organization here: https://www.osia.org/donate-sif/ 

Founded in 1905, the Order Sons & Daughters of Italy in America is the oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage. For more information about the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, visit www.osia.org or call 202-547-2900.

SOURCE: Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America

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