Nonprofit or community organization
Last modified: December 6, 2010, 6:33 AM
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is a non-profit organization serving as a major advocate in Washington, DC for nearly 25 million Italian Americans, the nation's fifth largest ethnic group, raising the prominence of all things Italian in American culture and society, and making "Italian American" part of the national conversation.
Its mission is to preserve and protect Italian American heritage and culture. Through its many programs, the NIAF:
Helps young Italian Americans with their educations and careers.
Works closely with Congress and the White House to promote the appointment of Italian Americans in government.
Encourages the teaching of Italian language and culture in U.S. schools.
Monitors the portrayal of Italian Americans by the news and entertainments industries.
Strengthens cultural and economic ties between Italy and the U.S.