Founded in 2000, the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society (AMHS) develops and promotes the cultural, social and educational heritage of the Italian regions Abruzzo and Molise and of Italy.
AMHS, with a membership of over 300, also seeks to increase the awareness of the contributions in the fields of the arts and sciences made for the benefit of the people of the United States and the world by Italians and Italian-Americans, especially those having roots in the regions of Abruzzo and Molise.
AMHS works closely with other Italian American organizations in the Washington, DC area, for example The Italian Cultural Institute of Washington, DC, The Italian Cultural Society, The Lucchesi nel Mondo-Tuscany Club, and the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), to promote unity and to promote a common goal – preserving our Italian heritage. The Society has been honored and very fortunate to work closely with the Embassy of Italy and to have its support throughout the years.
In 2015, AMHS membership voted to formally affiliate with NIAF as a member organization on the Italian American Leadership Council, now know as the DaVinci Council. This affiliation allows for continuation of the matching scholarship fund program, whereby NIAF manages the AMHS Scholarship Program and provides matching funds of $4,000.00 each calendar year.
In 2007, thanks to the dedication and effort of AMHS member William Marmura, the Grant and Scholarship Fund, Inc., of the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and further, was classified as a public charity under sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code