The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons of Italy in America® (OSIA), the oldest and largest organization for men and women of Italian heritage in the United States.The SIF is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. View IRS charitable designation.
The SIF was founded in 1959 as a private, grant-making institution with the purpose of preserving Italian American culture, encouraging educational excellence among Italian Americans and improving lives in other areas. To date, the SIF has given nearly $125 million to these efforts.
The main focuses of the SIF's charitable giving include:
Educational programs and scholarships View video
Grants for cultural preservation and advancement View video
Medical research View video
Disaster relief View video
Other Special Projects
View a list of current projects.
The SIF's main fund-raising vehicle is its annual National Education & Leadership Awards (NELA) Gala in Washington, D.C. The gala raises money for the foundation's many worthy charitable causes, honors its scholarship winners, and acknowledges community leaders with award presentations.
The SIF also runs fund-raising campaigns on a continual basis, for example campaigns that support the SIF's three national beneficiaries - the Alzheimer's Association, Cooley's Anemia Foundation and the Doug Flutie Jr., Foundation for Autism. In addition, the Foundation establishes campaigns when needed in response to crisis or special fund-raising needs, such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, L'Aquila earthquake and Asian tsunami relief efforts, and the establishment of tributes to 9/11, World War II and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.