Learn about NIAF

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) invites those with a love for Italy and a passion for our heritage to become a part of our growing and vibrant organization. With our mission to preserve and protect the Italian American culture, many NIAF programs reach out to our young leaders of tomorrow through scholarships, mentoring and exchange programs. NIAF also provides an impressive network of our nation’s most prominent Italian Americans in business, entertainment, politics and the professions.

NIAF is the major advocate in the Nation’s Capital for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, the country’s fifth largest ethnic group. NIAF also works with business and political leaders to strengthen cultural and economic ties between Italy and the United States. NIAF was founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. It is entirely non-partisan.

As a membership-based and membership-funded organization, NIAF relies on your involvement to continue to develop programs well into the future. With your support, NIAF will continue to help our young leaders of tomorrow, today!

The National Italian American Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Your support is tax deductible.  Please consult your tax advisor.



NIAF Italian American Leadership Council – $2,500

By joining the IALC, members are committing to being a leader and stakeholder in NIAF, the Italian American community, and our future!

NIAF Business Council Membership Benefits, plus…

  • One complimentary ticket to the Annual NIAF Anniversary Gala in Washington, D.C. or
    Annual NIAF New York Gala in New York City
  • One complimentary ticket to the NIAF Anniversary Gala VIP reception in Washington,
  • An invitation to a private IALC meeting and event during the NIAF Anniversary Gala Weekend
  • An invitation to the IALC Leadership Summit meeting at the New York Spring Gala
  • A complimentary copy of the NIAF Book of the Year
  • Concierge Services for travel and networking in Italy and Washington, D.C. – Guaranteed NIAF Assistance in liaison with the White House, Congress, federal agencies, and throughout Italy
  • Attend special IALC events throughout the year, including quarterly networking dinners

NIAF Business Council Membership – $1,000

NIAF Council Membership Benefits, plus…

  • Invitations to NIAF Business Council Events throughout the country
    • NIAF Business Networking events
    • Exclusive NIAF events on Capitol Hill

NIAF Council Membership – $500

NIAF Patron Membership Benefits, plus…

  • Invitations to NIAF Frank J. Guarini Media and Public Policy Forums
  • 2 NIAF Member Lapel Pins
  • 2 NIAF Coffee Mugs
  • Invitation to NIAF Council events

NIAF Patron Membership – $250

NIAF Sustaining Membership Benefits, plus…

  • Mention in our Annual Report Publication
  • NIAF Baseball Cap

NIAF Sustaining Membership – $125

NIAF Associate Membership Benefits, plus

  • Invitation to NIAF Networking events
  • NIAF Coffee Mug

NIAF Italian Teacher Membership – $50

NIAF Associate Membership Benefits, plus

  • Special yearly gift for your classroom
  • Year-long subscription to Ambassador magazine
  • Invitation to NIAF Events on Capitol Hill and NIAF Frank J. Guarini Media and Public Policy Forums
  • NIAF Coffee Mug

* This membership is strictly for Italian Teachers (K-12). When signing up, please be sure to list your school under “Organization.” Limit one membership per classroom.

NIAF Associate Membership – $50

  • Membership E-Card
  • Monthly Member Newsletter
  • Year-long subscription to Ambassador magazine
  • Access to Member’s only section on, where you’ll receive discounts to our partners
  • Access to NIAF Member Events
  • Advance registration discounts for all NIAF events
  • NIAF Member Lapel Pin

NIAF Student Membership – $25 (for currently enrolled high school, college or graduate students)

  • Access to NIAF Scholarships, Educational Programs, and Voyage of Discovery
  • Invitations to NIAF Member Events and Youth Events
  • Yearlong online access to Ambassador magazine
  • Access to Member’s only section on