The Rest Home was the result of an act of great generosity on the part of Giuseppe Verdi, who also looked after what the Home would need to function: he left to it all the royalties from his works. The royalties ceased, however, in 1962, and the government's contribution that replaced it was and is completely insufficient for the Rest Home's needs.
Thus, in essence, throughout the entire 20th century Casa Verdi was assisted by benefactors from every corner of the world by the great and the less great, by famous people and unknown (and often anonymous) people. The entire legacy of Arrigo Boito, the great musician and author of the libretti of Otello and Falstaff, was given to the Rest Home by his heir, Senator Luigi Albertini (famous editor of the Corriere della Sera); it became the endowment of the "Arrigo Boito Foundation", which aims to supplement the Rest Home's work by providing funds to musicians who cannot become Guests in the Home.
Sergio Dragoni, founder and first president of the "Friends of Casa Verdi", left important liquid and real estate assets to the Rest Home in memory of Carlo Galeffi, who was Toscanini's Rigoletto. Arturo Toscanini was also a great benefactor of the Rest Home, and his daughter Wanda Toscanini Horowitz left the Home what was perhaps the most important donation after that of Verdi himself: during the years 1999-2000, her donation came to well over five million dollars, or slightly less than half of everything left by her and her husband, the pianist Vladimir Horowitz.
Donations to the Home may be made via bank transfers to the account of Casa di riposo per musicisti - Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi, IBAN IT 24 B 05216 01620 000000000801 or to the postal account, IBAN IT40 W76 0101 6000 0001 8772 202, also to be made out to Casa di riposo per musicisti - Fondazione Giuseppe Verdi.
For testamentary legacies, contact the Foundation's Director and Secretary General at the following telephone number: ( 39) 02/4996009.