The Society of Italian American Businessmen (SIAB) exists as an association of its members to promote the Italian-American culture and heritage, to undertake such acts of charity and community service as the members deem advisable, and to make donations to registered, qualified non-profits and charities from the net proceeds through its fundraising initiatives held throughout the year.
The SIAB is committed to being meaningfully involved in the Harford County communities where our members live, work, or worship. The SIAB’s charitable giving focuses on education, healthcare and human services, as well as organizations that support a vibrant community. The SIAB defines health and human services as charities that provide social programs, resources, and/or support to citizens in need in Harford County.
In order for an organization to be considered, it must meet the following criteria:
- Organizations must be a registered 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization
- Organizations must be focused on one or more of the following areas: education, youth, social issues, community need, cultural awareness, healthcare, emergency/disaster relief
- Organizations must have a physical presence and/or provide services in Harford County, Maryland
How to Apply
Throughout the year, the SIAB will announce the availability of Grant, Scholarship and Sponsorship opportunities for eligible organizations. The Grants and Scholarships will be announced specifically as to their amount and purpose, and only applications for those exact amounts and purpose will be accepted. The availability of these grants and scholarships will be posted on the SIAB’s web site.
Sponsorships and small gifts for urgent needs are offered on an ongoing basis, subject to availability and SIAB approval. The applicant must state a specific amount and purpose for the request (for example, “$500 for Gold Star Patron at a gala”, “$800 to fix the roof at the shelter”). A general request for an unspecified donation will not be considered. These donations may not exceed $1500.
Applicants interested in academic Scholarships are invited to visit the “Scholarship Opportunities” section of SIAB’s website. Applicants interested in a Grant or Sponsorship/Small gift must apply with the Request Form also found on the SIAB website. The form may be submitted electronically or by mailing the completed form to the SIAB post office box.
Applications are initially reviewed for their eligibility, and appropriate requests will be further considered in the course of SIAB’s normal business proceedings.
Organizations that receive a donation of $5,000 or more from SIAB may not apply for another similar grant until the third calendar year after the year in which the last grant was paid. Sponsorship requests from these organizations, however, are allowed. Any donation made by SIAB may not be made to an individual, or on behalf of an individual to help fulfill a personal pledge or fundraising goal. All donations are paid directly to the charitable organization.