About the Etteilla Foundation

Mission

The Etteilla Foundation is dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of playing cards and their use in mysticism and divination. By partnering with museums, and other cultural institutions, we help the public understand and appreciate playing cards’ cultural significance and rich art.  We democratize access to this long held secret knowledge by making the hundreds of decks we are preserving alongside historical information freely accessible via our website https://etteilla.org.

Funding and in-kind donations

The Etteilla Foundation is privately funded by our founder which is committed to ensure its long term financial stability and does not actively seek financial donations. On the other hand, the Foundation is open to receive in-kind donations of rare decks and related books and artifacts from collectors that share the desire to preserve and share their collection with the world. We expect after being recognized as a 501c3 operating private foundation by the IRS to make such in-kind donations tax deductible.

History

The Foundation started as one of the largest private collections of antique playing cards, related books and artifacts. Over the years, realizing the uniqueness and historical importance of the collection, our founder committed to open the collection to the public and ensure the it’s perennity.

In 2021, as a first step, some of the collection rarest decks were digitized and made available online. In 2022, following this initial success and the positive reception of this initial site, we invested significant resources in developing a long-term state of art online collection system meant to scale to tens of thousands of cards in a secure and reliable way.

In 2023, the Etteilla Foundation will be officially incorporated in the U.S.A as a private foundation and hopefully be recognized as a 501c3 charitable organization by the IRS.