The Saint Mark Foundation was founded in 1998. It is a non-profit secular organization, dedicated to the Coptic heritage documentation and support of research in Coptic studies. It is managed by a board of trustees headed by his H.H. Pope Tawadros II.

The foundation’s mission is to carry out research and collect complete and documented information on Coptic History since the coming of Christianity to Egypt up to the present. It is to be a definitive resource and reference for Coptic history.

Its activities include sponsoring projects for the documentation and digitization of the Coptic heritage, publishing academic and reference publications in both English and Arabic, organizing biannual international symposia, and an annual program of workshops. The Foundation’s activities benefit and associate international and Egyptian researchers, clergy as well as the general public.