Mr. Silvio Dalla Valle is a lawyer by profession. He graduated from the Law School of the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, followed by a post-graduate study program for young lawyers at the Courts of Rome, Italy.
He offers his knowledge as a legal, strategic and copyright consultant for faith-based, pro-life and pro-family organizations in the United States, Italy, and other European countries. He is credited with helping conservative organizations to raise funds in the U.S. and Europe, especially through direct mail programs, web programs and planned giving programs.
Mr. Dalla Valle has worked as publications coordinator for the Pennsylvania-based Foundation for a Christian Civilization, Inc., helping establish its first direct mail program.
He is a founding member and executive director of the Association for the Defense of Christian Values – Luci sull’Est (ADVC-LSE). Incorporated in 1991, this 175,000-member faith-based, pro-family, pro-life, and Christian-values organization is active in Italy and in several Eastern European nations. It is inspired by the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and acts to spread and promote the message and values of the Gospel.
ADVC-LSE was the first faith-based organization to successfully introduce direct mail in Italy as a tool to promote pro-religious, pro-life and pro-family Christian agendas.
Through its branch, Voglio Vivere, ADVC–LSE is active in the pro-life movement, fighting for the right to life from conception to natural death, according to the teachings of the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae, of Pope John Paul II.
In the pro-family movement, ADVC-LSE has successfully fought for natural family and marriage (i.e., against so-called same-sex marriage) before the Italian Parliament and in the European Union.
The organization has reached more than 12 million households in Italy and over a half-million families in Russia to raise funds to foster Christian values in the former Soviet Union countries. ADVC-LSE is currently active in Russia, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Croatia and Lithuania.
Mr. Dalla Valle is a co-founder of, and legal adviser to the Osservatorio della Cristianofobia (www.osservatoriocristianofobia.it), a project to lobby the United Nations and European institutions to take a strong stance against persecution and discrimination against Christians. He is the Osservatorio’s representative to these institutions.
He is a recipient of the 2010 “Global Leadership Award” for dedication to the international conservative movement, and for promoting professionalism, from the Leadership Institute, the World Congress of Families and the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society.
Mr. Dalla Valle is a regular speaker at the Leadership Institute’s International School of Fundraising, held yearly at the Wellington College, in England, and a moderator at the World Congress of Families.
He is executive director of the conservative Italian monthly magazine, Radici Cristiane, published in Rome.