The Fundação Oriente was created in 1988 and is a non-profit-making private law organisation with established legal status.
Being one of the 20 largest European foundations, classified according to total assets, the Fundação Oriente is a founder member of the European Foundation Centre (EFC). This association is based in Brussels and brings together around 200 of the leading European foundations, in addition to co-operating with 7,000 non-profit-making organisations in 35 countries. The Foundation is headquartered in Lisbon and has delegations in Macao, India and East-Timor.
The Fundação Oriente aims at pursuing activities of a cultural, educational, artistic, scientific, social and philanthropic nature, namely in Portugal and Macao that shall aim to develop and continue the historical and cultural ties linking Portugal and the Orient, specifically China.
China, as well as India, East Timor, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, are the countries where the Fundação has been more active. In the Americas, particularly in Brazil, Canada and the United States, and also in Australia, the Fundação is particularly active among the communities of Macanese emigrants who have settled in those countries.
The Fundação is geographically active from Europe to Asia, the main areas of activity being culture, education and science and philantropy.