Accordingly, CEV srl, which is a publishing house, felt the need to entrust the Legacy of Maria Valtorta to a non-profit organization, as the CEV just wanted to simply be the publisher that publishes and commercially disseminates the works of Maria Valtorta.
This is how the Maria Valtorta Foundation was born, founded on July 19, 2010, from the will of the Publishing Centre of Valtorta (CEV), heir of the entire inheritance of Maria Valtorta, and Mr. and Mrs. Pisani, owner of the CEV and curators of the editions of Maria Valtorta’s works.
Art. no. 2 of its Statute states:
The Foundation is a non-profit organization and is focused only and exclusively on the preservation and enhancement of things of cultural and historical interest for social benefit. In particular, the Foundation – which in the articles of association inherits the property of the Valtorta house-museum in Viareggio and the ownership of the original manuscripts of Maria Valtorta’s own works with the related copyrights — has the double purpose of 1) preserving and offering every memory of the person of Maria Valtorta as an asset of public interest; 2) protecting and enhancing the dissemination of Maria Valtorta’s works for the benefit of all mankind.
The Foundation, therefore, has received from the Publishing Centre of Valtorta (CEV) the most significant part of Maria Valtorta’s legacy. This means its main purpose is to preserve that legacy and to manage it for the common good. In fact, the first aim is to “safeguard and offer,” the second one is to “preserve and enhance.” In addition to that, the Foundation is empowered to receive other parts of that legacy, as the art. no. 3 of the Statute, paragraph a) states:
… the Foundation may acquire, as an increase in its assets, property or possession of any kind of Valtortian goods, such as: unpublished manuscripts of Maria Valtorta, including letters, books, documents, objects and anything else that belonged to the Valtorta Family or constitutes testimony and memory of the person of Maria Valtorta, her family members, relatives or acquaintances, and of everything related to the writing, publication and distribution of her works.
The art. no. 3 of the Statute itself lists several activities of the Foundation, which “must render the aims fixed in the art. no. 2 efficient and operational.” The activities are reflected in the “projects” that the Foundation performs from time to time, following the criterion of priority.