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Donate by Mail

You may donate to any of the I.C.F. Charities below through our online donation portal. If you wish to donate to any of the charities listed below by mail, please print, complete and mail the Donation Form (pdf) 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.

  • An Overview of Thalassemia
  • Thalassemia Trait and Getting Tested
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Sir Luigi and Lady Augusta Providenza Seminary Scholarship Fund

    The Sir Luigi and Lady Augusta Providenza Seminary Scholarship Fund helps support the annual Bishop’s Day program, sponsored by the ICF in the Catholic dioceses in California, Nevada and Illinois to provide financial support to local seminarians for religious vocations.

    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.

    I.C.F. Scholarship Program

    Since 1964, the Italian Catholic Federation has awarded over $2,000,000.00 in scholarships to more than 6,000 high school students, of the Catholic faith, attending college.

    Each spring, the Italian Catholic Federation receives nearly 200 applications for its yearly scholarship awards. Applications are received from students in Catholic, as well as public high schools in California, Nevada, and Illinois.

    First year scholarships in the amount of $400 are awarded to approximately 150 applicants. First year scholarship winners are eligible for second, third, and fourth year awards of $500, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

    In addition, the Mario Cugia Scholarship has been established to encourage and support majors in Italian studies. The program offers two scholarships: (1) a $600 award to a 3rd year university student declaring a major in Italian, and (2) a $1,000 award to a 4th year university student continuing his or her studies in Italian.

    I.C.F. General Fund

    Your contribution will help the I.C.F. in administering our charitable programs and others such as the I.C.F. Bollettino newspaper, heritage programs and I.C.F. expansion efforts.

    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.