Charitable Programs

Donation Form

If you wish to donate to any of the charities listed below, or if you would like to make a donation to the ICF General Fund, please print, complete and mail this form with your donation. Your contribution will be acknowledged in the Bollettino, the ICF newspaper.

Cooley’s Anemia / Thalassemia

Thalassemia (Cooley’s Anemia) is the official ICF National Charity, with donations totaling over $2 million dollars to date.
In 1925, Dr. Thomas Cooley first described Thalassemia in Italian children with severe anemia, an enlarged liver and spleen, and changes in bone formation. Several years later, Dr. Whipple named the disease “thalassa anaemia” or “anemia by the sea”, because of its link to the Mediterranean region. The name later evolved to Thalassemia. With the large immigration of people of predominantly Mediterranean ancestry to North America, the devastating effects of this disease became known to the affected communities and their providers.

Providenza Fund

Providenza Fund helps support the annual Bishop’s Day program, sponsored by the ICF in the Catholic dioceses in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Illinois to provide financial support to local seminarians for religious vocations.

Special People Gifts of Love Program

This is a financial assistance program that grants funds to developmentally disabled children and adults seeking to achieve greater independence in their lives.

Organ Donor Awareness

An informational program whereby members learn about the need for organ donation to help those in need of organ transplants.

Live to Give

A blood donation program in which ICF members and others in the community may participate. Blood drives are held during our yearly national convention, and also hosted regionally at the branch level.

The Italian Catholic Federation (ICF) is a family-oriented, non-profit fraternal organization dedicated to promoting activities that build faith and family spirit and bring men, women and children of all ages together. By joining a local branch, ICF members share their culture, heritage and religious beliefs. We believe that together we accomplish more than one can alone. We are active in various cultural events throughout the country, support our local parishes, and provide various charities with financial and other support.