“The mission of the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States is to be the national voice that advocates for and promotes the advancement of the

Portuguese-American community economically, professionally, culturally and politically.”

PALCUS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the IRS tax code incorporated in the District of Columbia.
PALCUS has earned the 2019 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency
Visit our profile HERE.  

Giving Tuesday is December 1st

This year, PALCUS is raising funds for our scholarship program. Every year, PALCUS awards scholarships to students of Portuguese descent enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. These scholarships are a valuable community based resource for many students who use them for tuition, books and fees associated with obtaining their degrees of higher learning.

We have set a fundraising goal of $5,000 which will provide scholarships for 5 students in 2021. Please consider donating towards this cause. All donations are tax-deductible.

Check out our store: palcus.org/shop

It's Christmas in the Summer - PALCUS Ornament Fundraiser

We have created a one of a kind ornament to help raise funds for our Summer Internship in Portugal program.

This ornament is beautiful! It will add the perfect Portuguese touch to any Christmas tree.


  • High quality ceramic

  • Hand painted in Portugal

  • 3.5" x 5"

  • Comes in organza gift bag


There is no other ornament like this anywhere. We hope to make this an annual fundraiser so that we can continue providing the unique opportunity of doing an internship in Portugal to our youth.

Please keep in mind that due to the ornaments being hand-painted they will start shipping in October.


PALCUS National
Scholarship CLOSED

Alexandre António DaCosta Simões Scholarship

Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, will be acknowledged and the family will be notified.

Give by PayPal or credit card HERE

or mail a check to

PALCUS, 9255 Center St., Ste. 404, Manassas, VA 20110

with "Alexandre Scholarship" on memo line.

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PALCUS has created a Portuguese Activity Book!
This activity book is filled with Portuguese and Portuguese-American activities! Word searches, coloring pages, and more!
Proceeds from this book benefit PALCUS. You can order yours here!
Free shipping on orders of 2 books or more!
Buy yours today!


Was That You: A story about the signs we receive from loved ones who have passed


As many of you know, PALCUS Chair, Angela Simoes,

and her husband lost their 9 month old son, Alexandre,

suddenly and unexpectedly in February of 2019. 

Since then, the Simoes family has received an

outpouring of support from the community. 

One of the biggest gestures of support has been the

establishment and funding of the Alexandre Antonio

da Costa Simoes Memorial Scholarship with PALCUS. 

This scholarship has been 100% funded by community

donations, and currently totals more than $20,000. 


To continue funding this scholarship, Angela has authored a book about the signs one receives from a loved one who is in Heaven.  The book titled "Was that you?" has been published on May 3rd, Alexandre's birthday and also International Bereaved Mother's Day, and will be available on Amazon only.  The proceeds from this book will fund the scholarship in Alexandre's memory. 


The book is written in the style of a children's book so that parents who have lost a child can read this book to them.


"It might sound like a strange concept, reading a book to a child who has passed, but for me, it's a way not only to stay connected with our son, but also to recognize that his spirit is still around us," said Angela.  "Also, as a mom, I want to do whatever I can for my children, and this is something I can do for him, and honor his memory."


Purchase the book on Amazon.


COVID - 19

We are dealing with an unprecedented international epidemic. 

In spite of the challenges facing us, we have always been

resourceful and resilient as Portuguese Americans and there

is no doubt that we will be this time as well.  Even though

staying safe during the Coronavirus crisis is of primary concern,

we can and should continue on as best we can.  


PALCUS has launched a few initiatives to help support our community in various ways with the #SupportPortugueseBusiness and #PortugueseHeroes campaigns. 


Our newest initiative is aimed at helping the elderly in our community - #SupportOurElders.  We have partnered with several Portuguese-American organizations who are already doing amazing work to help our elders, and we want to support these efforts. Below are several ways you can help, including:

  • Sending cards and messages of support

  • Sponsoring a meal (or meals) for the elderly

  • Donating a device to enable video chats

  • Delivering activity sheets to the elderly

Join us and help support these organizations who are supporting our elders!! Read more here: https://conta.cc/2VDzWyH




Please visit the PALCUS website for more information about resources and other programs:  https://www.palcus.org/covid-19

Call Us: 1-202-466-4664 /  email: palcus@palcus.org   /  9255 Center St., Suite 404, Manassas, VA 20110

EIN: 52-1739459

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