Since its 1952 inception, the I.B.C. has taken a leading role on behalf of many worthwhile causes, both here and abroad. Active supporters of the Portland Symphony and Opera Association, the club was among the first donors of OMSI and the Washington Park Zoo’s “Elephant Fund". In 1957 the club donated $10,000 to Boys Town of Italy, and for more than 30 years it donated funds to the Christie Foundation, the Portland Police’s Sunshine Division, and other local charities.
All the while, the I.B.C has welcomed to Portland guests from around the world, including such notables as the designer Pucci, Frank Sinatra, Rocky Marciano, Jimmy Durante, Frankie Lane, Rita Moreno, Perry Como, Jim Messina, Frankie Valli and many others.
Recently the I.B.C. has remained committed to the ideals of cultural awareness and civic service upon which it as founded. Periodic benefits aid the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Christie School, and The Salvation Army among others. Financial assistance is also extended through the I.B.C. Scholarship Foundation with financial assistance to students attending Portland State University. The effort to promote Italian culture is evidenced by frequent quest speakers and ethnic celebrations such as the Festa Italiana which are sponsored in conjunction with other local Italian organizations.