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National Italian American Associations

American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit (ASILM)

xThe American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit serves as the chief reference point in the United States for all links between the chivalric world of the Italian state and its decorati resident here. - Now in its fifth decade, the Society is comprised of more than six hundred individuals who, because of some personal quality or the rendering of some special service, have been decorated by the Republic of Italy. These decorations have been conferred in one of five Ordini Onorifici: Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, Order of Military Merit, Order of Labor Merit, Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity and Order of Vittorio Veneto. Awarded by decree of the President of the Republic (who by virtue of office is “Head” of all Italian Orders of Knighthood), each is internationally recognized as rooted in the umbilicus of Italian history and as a prerogative of Italian sovereignty. - Founded in 1965 on the basis of strengthening the traditional bonds of friendship existing between Italy and the United States, the Society is national in scope, international in spirit, and functions at the highest levels of the chivalric, diplomatic and beneficent arenas. While providing financial assistance to a wide range of cultural and humanitarian endeavors, its prestige as a pre-eminent institution, headquartered in New York’s splendid Columbus Townhouse, ranks the Society as an important American situs for conveying the shared interests of both nations to a wider audience.

President: Dott. Lucio Caputo
Executive Director: Filomena Ricciardi fricciardi.asilm@gmail.com

CIIM - Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide

xCIIM (Confederazione degli Imprenditori Italiani nel Mondo - Confederation of Italian Entrepreneurs Worldwide) was established on June 2004 with the intent to develop a global business network linking Italian business communities abroad with businesses operating in Italy. CIIM's goal is to enable its members to work cooperatively in foreign markets to promote innovation and the opportunity to exchange experiences, ideas, contacts. Participating members hold high ranking positions in today's business community, are either Italian or of Italian origin, and reside, or have a business, abroad. While CIIM is influenced by the main office in Rome, its chapters around the world are strategically run as independent entities and are financed by local members. CIIM North America is a coordinating committee, which facilitates collaboration and coordination between the activities of CIIM USA and CIIM Canada and their respective local chapters.

President: Tomaso Veneroso (USA)
Executive Director: Francesco de Leo, Exececutive Vice-President

ISSNAF - Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation

The Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation is a nonprofit organizaxtion aimed at promoting R&D interaction among those Italians active in North-American and Italian Academic and non-Academic Institutions, in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Information technology, Mathematics Physics and Chemistry, Medicine and Biology, Earth and Environmental sciences, Economics and Social sciences.

President: Vito Campese
Executive Director

NIABA - National American Italian American Bar Association

xThe National American Italian American Bar Association is a nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation, founded in 1983 to advance the interests of the Italian-American legal community and to improve the administration of justice. NIABA members include judges, law professors, law students, as well as attorneys in both private and public sectors. A Board of Directors elected by the members governs the association.


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NIAF - National Italian American Foundation

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, nonpartisan educational foundation that promotes Italian xAmerican culture and heritage. NIAF serves as a resource on the Italian American community and has educational and youth programs including scholarships, grants, heritage travel, and mentoring.

NIAF is also the voice for Italian Americans in Washington, DC and works closely with the Italian American Congressional Delegation and the White House. NIAF’s mission includes advancing US – Italy business, political, and cultural relations and has a business council that promotes networking with corporate leaders. The NIAF was founded in 1975 as a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. It is entirely non-partisan.

Click here to read list of NIAF honorees.

President: John Viola

OSIA - Order Sons of Italy in America

The Order Sons of Italy in America is "a national organization of men and women who represent the estimated 26 million Americans xof Italian heritage, dedicated to promoting our culture, our traditions, our language, the legacy of our ancestors, and our contributions to the U.S. and the world. We are sons and daughters, grandmothers and grandfathers. We are corporate executives and we are union members...young students and retirees...teachers and attorneys...doctors and firefighters...bakers and Wall Street brokers...and everything in between. We are philanthropists and we are model global citizens with purpose beyond ourselves. And we are proud and patriotic Americans of Italian heritage. We exemplify the very best of what it is to be Italian American."

Click here to read list of OSIA honorees (coming soon)

Executive Director: Dr. Philip Piccigallo



UNICO was founded on October 10, 1922 in Waterbury, Connecticut. A group of 15 men, led by Dr. Anthony P. Vastola, came together to create what has become a very special and very proud organization. It was Dr. Vastola's dream to create an Italian American service organization to engage in charitable works, support higher education, and perform patriotic deeds. Each year, UNICO Foundation and UNICO National Chapters donate approximately $1 million to various charities.   Scholarships continue to be the primary focus, as roughly one-third of all monies raised goes to deserving students from chapter locations throughout the chain.

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Last updated: 24.01.2015


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