NIAF da Vinci Council Member Robert M. Greco sent the Foundation this special submission about his father, the late Peter Greco (1952-2020) who sadly passed away on December 8. “There are no words to describe the true nature of this incredible man,” shared Robert. “Peter touched the lives of thousands of people. He was a leader in the truest sense...

The National Italian American Foundation is the most important organization of Italian Americans which, since the 1970s, from its headquarters in Washington DC, has worked to preserve the interests of a community that potentially numbers over 20 million Americans. Some call it a “lobby”, to mean a pressure instrument, especially for the business w...

To remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war. This entry is a special submission from NIAF Member Chris R. Vaccaro in honor of his grandfather. Robert Vaccaro, Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class, had a unique position as...

Ex-Chairman of The American University of Rome and the National Italian American Foundation, Gabriel (Gabe) Battista, has been posthumously awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters Honoris Causa. Gabriel Battista was the Chairman of AUR’s trustees from 2012 to 2020 and a Board member since 2006. Gabriel’s son, Stephen Battista, accepted the d...

To remember the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, NIAF is recognizing Italian Americans who sacrificed, served and defended peace, freedom and democracy during the war. This entry is a special submission from Albert F. Marra dedicated to his father Frank Marra who lived until he was 102 years old and passed away recently from Covid-19. T...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is now accepting applications for its 2021-2022 Scholarship Program. Over the past 45 years, NIAF’s Scholarship Program has grown to offer 29 different scholarships with various criteria, ranging in value from $2,500 to $12,000. NIAF offers scholarships in the fields of Italian language and culture, m...

Despite the support the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) gave this year to the Italian American community, the pandemic is not over and our work is not done. If you are able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help NIAF continue serving our community during these difficult and uncertain times. Donate here.  Your tax-dedu...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is proud to announce that former NIAF Board Member John F. Scarpa has donated a $15 million gift through his namesake foundation to Villanova University’s Charles Widger School of Law, which will launch a new phase of entrepreneurship initiatives and scholarship. “John Scarpa is one of America’s leadi...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is now accepting essays for the NIAF NCCA Christopher Columbus Essay Contest. Since 1996, NIAF has worked with the National Christopher Columbus Association (NCCA) to sponsor an annual national essay contest on a topic related to Christopher Columbus for high school students throughout the United Stat...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is very pleased to announce that Dr. Jill Biden is set to become the first Italian American First Lady in United States history. NIAF Chairman The Honorable Patricia de Stacy Harrison said, “Dr. Biden’s strong connection to her Italian American heritage and dedication to education aligns with NIAF’s m...