Established June 15, 1999, the corporation was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

The Foundation offers college scholarships to high school graduates of Italian Ancestry. Full scholarships of $1,000.00 will be awarded to graduating high school seniors’ payable upon their enrollment in an academic Jr. College, College or University.

The Foundation, together with the Order Sons of Italy, state of Illinois and Wisconsin, have awarded 2,500 scholarships over a period of 25 years, thereby financially assisting many students as they set out to reach their goals in life.

Funds for this program are derived through contributions. We are seeking your support for a donation in the amount of $500.00 or $1,000.00, which will assist us in our annual scholarship program. A full scholarship of $1,000.00 can be in the name of an individual, a business, or in the name of a departed loved one. Smaller donations will be combined to create a full scholarship.

The Foundation is a strong supporter of our National charities – Alzheimer’s Research, Cooley’s Anemia and the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism Research. Funds for our charities are also derived through contributions.

Donations to of our National charities help families with the needed support and financial assistance in meeting the everyday challenges they face coping with these illnesses.

Your support for our scholarships and charities is gratefully appreciated and acknowledged.

Please note we are a 501C (3) non-for-profit organization and your contribution is fully tax deductible


The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, Alzheimer’s Association and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism are the three major charities supported by the Order Sons of Italy in America.

The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation is dedicated to serving children and young adults afflicted with the genetic blood disorder. Children who have Thalassemia cannot produce sufficient hemoglobin and need frequent blood transfusions and medical treatment. For further information on the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation (CAF), visit

The Alzheimer’s Association is the largest voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and helping those affected by the disease. Alzheimer’s is a mind-robbing disease that affects mainly the elderly. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association, visit

The Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established by NFL quarterback Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Their primary objective is provide families with a place to turn when they are in need of support and autism resources. Autism affects 8 out of every 100 children born. For more additional information on the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, visit

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Commission for Social Justice, Garibaldi Meucci Museum, OSIA History of Philanthropy includes Medical Research & Social Services, Cultural Preservation & the Arts Education, Disaster Relief and many other Special Projects such as Ellis Island Foundation, Immigration History Research Center, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and National World War II Memorial to name a few.