Benjamin O’Hara was a 2020 NIAF Congressional Fellow and is currently a senior at Georgetown University. This fall semester, I had the opportunity to work remotely for the office of Congressman Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.). I have felt very privileged to work for Congressman Pascrell not only because of his work on behalf of the Italian American communit...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) condemns the recent vandalization of the Columbus statues at Union Station, a National Park site in Washington, D.C., and at Columbus Circle in New York City, and requests that elected officials and law enforcement protect these public memorials from further damage so that a substantive dialogue to de...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has elected a new Board of Directors on April 13, 2021 for the 2021-2025 term. Robert E. Carlucci, founder and Chief Executive Officer of The RC Group, and former NIAF Vice Chair of Development, was elected to serve as the Foundation’s Chairman. Mr. Carlucci succeeds Hon. Patricia de Stacy Harrison an...

Launched in 2020 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 through the #IAWW2Heroes initiative.  This entry is a special submission from Jim Marchio in honor of his late father. Petty Officer 3rd Class Albert N. M...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and the Italian Sons and Daughters of America (ISDA) are pleased to announce the 2021 grant award recipients for The Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. The Film Forum, led by AGBO’s Russo Brothers and President of Creative, Angela Russo-Otstot, is an initiative to fund films depicting and exp...

The extraordinary life of Mother Cabrini is going to become a major motion picture and you could be in it! The casting director is looking for native Italian speakers who also speak English, ages 6 to 70 years old—no acting experience necessary. Filming will take place in NYC and Buffalo from June to August 2021.Email CabriniTheMovie@gmail.com if y...

Launched in 2020 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 through the #IAWW2Heroes initiative. This entry is a special submission from Michael A. Montopoli, MD, MPH, FACOEM, CAPT USN (Ret), in honor of his late f...

In honor of Jazz Appreciation Month in April, join NIAF and Vanessa Racci as she takes you on a musical journey through the history of Italian American influence on Jazz Music from 1917 New Orleans to modern day. Covering songs and discussing their history by artists such as Nick LaRocca, Joe Venuti, Louis Prima, Harry Warren, John Pizzarelli and m...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) mourns the passing of Jeffrey M. Capaccio, age 62, a former member of the NIAF Board of Directors. He had been a managing partner of the San Francisco office of Carr & Ferrell LLP, a Silicon Valley based intellectual property firm from 1999 until his death. “Jeff Capaccio’s passion for Italy and Itali...

Learn all the extra virgin olive oil tips, health benefits, and recipes necessary to enjoy a delicious and healthful lifestyle with Award-Winning Author, Chef, TV Host, and Mediterranean Diet Ambassador Amy Riolo! Amy will outline successful strategies from her award-winning Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook, The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook,...