Thalassemia (Cooley’s Anemia) is the official ICF National Charity, with donations totaling over $1.9 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.
Gifts of Love
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.
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.
Charities close to our hearts.
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 District level.
Branch 390 Local Donations
- Bishop’s Seminary Training
- College scholarships
- St. Bernard’s Church: Building Fund & Ministry of Caring
- Other local charities
By attending our monthly dinners, you will help provide funds for these worthwhile causes.