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Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF)

About the Sons of Italy Foundation®

The Sons of Italy Foundation® (SIF) is the philanthropic arm of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America® (OSDIA), 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 tens of millions of dollars to these efforts.

Philanthropic Efforts

Sons of Italy Triumphant Journey Video View video

Seize the Future: View video

2018 HOMH: View video

2018 Scholarship Recipients: View video

2019 HOMH: View video

2019 Scholarship Recipients: View video

Andrea Bocelli Foundation: View video

2021 HOMH: 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.

Donation Transparency

It is important for our donors to have easy access to our financial reports to help determine if the organization is managing its financial resources well. Please find our most recent forms below.

IRS 990 Form

SIF Audit


Business Directory

We are proud to spotlight the many businesses who support our efforts, and many of these companies offer perks and discounts to our members!

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