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 The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) has announced that it has received the largest philanthropic gift in its history, a $2.6 million bequest from the estate of the late Victoria J. Mastrobuono.   That’s wonderful  news not just for NIAF but the entire Italian American community.  We hope that Mastrobuono’s example will encourage other Italian American philanthropists to help support the cultural and educational activities of other Italian American groups.

Ms. Mastrobuono. a dedicated supporter and NIAF council member, was a long-time patron of education and the performing arts with a significant history of both identifying and supporting emerging artists and was extremely proud of her rich Italian heritage.

“We are honored by Ms. Mastrobuono’s generous bequest and feel that it acknowledges NIAF’s extraordinary commitment to our educational programs. As the largest single gift in our Foundation’s history, her philanthropic generosity provides financial strength to the Foundation to develop new programs and fulfill our mission,””said  NIAF Vice Chair Hon. Patricia de Stacy Harrison.

According to NIAF, the funds will be used for several new NIAF programs including The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Education Luncheon in perpetuity during the NIAF Convention Weekend; The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Fellowship in the Arts for students pursuing academics in Italy; The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Challenge Grant for Advanced Placement (AP) of Italian for the continued funding of the College Board’s AP Italian Program; The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Distinguished Speakers Series in the Arts, Literature and Music featuring leading experts in their respective fields; The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Digital Archive at NIAF, a public, online index of NIAF’s history and The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Engagement Initiative, an online education, communication and outreach program utilizing new media.

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