Mission Statement

OSIA – History, Creed & Mission

Established in 1905 as a mutual aid society for the early Italian immigrants, today OSIA has more than 600,000 members and supporters and a network of more than 700 chapters coast to coast, making it the leading service and advocacy organization for the nation's estimated 26 million people of Italian descent.

The organization's missions include encouraging the study of Italian language and culture in American schools and universities; preserving Italian American traditions, culture, history and heritage; and promoting closer cultural relations between the United States and Italy.

The Sons of Italy Foundation, established by OSIA, is a private, philanthropic institution that has contributed millions of dollars for scholarships, medical research, cultural preservation and disaster relief.