our fundraising work

The New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. is the philanthropic arm of the New York Grand Lodge, Order Sons of Italy in America.  The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. View IRS charitable designation (need link here).

The Foundation was incorporated in 1982 to raise money and donate to various recognized charities and to initiate and donate to educational programs that will foster awareness of Italian heritage and culture.   For over three decades the New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. has donated nearly a million dollars to national and international charities and philanthropies.  Our most prestigious charitable endeavor is our Annual Scholarship Awards program at which we donate over $90,000 to deserving young Italian American students in scholarship and special grants.

Through the National SIF, the New York Grand Lodge Foundation continually runs fund raising campaigns for the following three national charities:


Alzheimer's Association

The Alzheimer's Association is the largest national voluntary health organization committed to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease and helping those affected directly and indirectly by the disease.


Cooley's Anemia Foundation

The Cooley's Anemia Foundation (CAF) serves people affected by the fatal genetic blood disease thalassemia, or Cooley's anemia, often found in people of Mediterranean descent. Its mission is to advance treatment, enhance the quality of life of patients and educate the medical community, trait carriers and the public about the disease.  The New York Grand Lodge Foundation, Inc. is the largest donor to the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation throughout the country.


Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism

The mission of the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism is to support families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Foundation is committed to increasing awareness of the challenges of living with autism and helping families find resources to help address those challenges. The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation provides individuals with autism and their families an opportunity to improve their quality of life by fun doing educational, therapeutic, recreational and advocacy programs.

Other New York Foundation philanthropic causes are:
American Red Cross
Arthritis Foundation
Assisi Earthquake Relief
Boys’ & Girls’ Towns of Italy/A Chance in Life
Cancer Research
Children’s Inn at NIH
The College Board
Garibaldi Meucci Museum
Gift of Sight
Italian Genealogical Group
Italian Hospital Society
National Bone Marrow Registry
National Law Enforcement Officer’s Monument
National September 11th Memorial & Museum
National WW11 Memorial Monument
New York Grand Lodge Foundation Scholarship Program
Rienzi Foundation for Cochlear Implant Surgery
St. Francis Hospital
Special Olympics
Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island American Immigration Wall of Honor
Wounded Warrior Project

Biagio Isgro, President
Arthur Spera,1st Vice President
Luigi Squillante, 2nd Vice President
Ernest Magliato, Recording Secretary
Gina Franchi, Financial Secretary
Remo Carriero, Corresponding Secretary
Andrew O'Reilly, Treasurer
Anthony Naccarato
Keith Wilson
Mark Doz
Joanie Rondinelli
Robert Ferrito
Joseph Ditrapani
Salvatore Lanzilotta
Thom Lupo
Carlo Matteucci
Nancy Quinn
Carolyn Reres
Joseph Rondinelli
Joseph Sciame
Robert Vaccarello 
Board of Advisors
Robert Fonti
Dr. Raymond Mascolo
Raymond Averna, Esq., General Counsel

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