Established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Foundation’s original purpose focused on fostering knowledge and raising the quality of life of persons throughout the fields of the arts, charity, science and education. Bequeathed by the last will and testament of Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian, the Foundation is of perpetual duration and undertakes its activities structured around its headquarters in Lisbon (Portugal) and its delegations in Paris (France)
and London (the United Kingdom)
Nurturing not only the universal values inherent to the human condition, in full respect for diversity and difference, but also a culture of tolerance as well as preserving the environment and the relationship between man and nature.
Fostering a spirit of curiosity sensitive to the harmony of nature and the special propensity for the contemplation of beauty that constituted one of the defining features of the founder’s personal character.
The success attained in complying with their objectives stems from all of the organisations and persons that they support. Sharing the strategies underpinning each initiative represents a core objective that they strive to achieve to raise their profile and especially to amplify the global scale impact sought after.
How they work
As a foundation
Mobilising and incentivising critical reflection in the fields of: the arts, science, education, health and human development, global affairs;
Third party financing (Grant-making);
Designing and creating new capacities for dealing with current issues and questions;
Implementing pilot projects, testing them in association with persons and entities within the framework of replicating them in society;
Supporting innovative projects that generate progress and adaptability to change;
Influencing and shaping ideas and research projects deemed of priority relevance;
Setting up networks and partnerships and reaching out to persons and institutions.