The Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States

“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 2018 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency
Visit our profile HERE.  

PALCUS has been busy doing important work to advocate for our community, serve as a resource, and provide assistance whenever and however we can. We accomplish quite a lot with an all-volunteer board and one paid staff member, but we still need your support to keep us on track.

This Giving Tuesday, consider giving to PALCUS.

Proceeds go towards programs like: Congressional Receptions, Scholarships, The PALCUS Index National Survey, National Conferences, the Annual Leadership Awards Gala, Internships, the Make Portuguese Count™ 2020 Census Campaign and MORE!

Help us to make every dollar count to benefit the Portuguese-American Community on a national level.

If you'd rather donate to a specific cause or donate in other ways, consider the following:
-Become a member or make a general donation by visiting
-Host or sponsor a mixer in your hometown to raise awareness
-This holiday shopping season, designate PALCUS as your preferred charity when making purchases through your account. 0.5% of the value of every purchase made will go to PALCUS
- Volunteer for one of our committees - we are always looking for assistance with Marketing and Legal Affairs and could use local assistance with the 2020 National Conference/Gala in Miami


The NEW Make Portuguese Count Promotional Video with updated information has been released! Please share!


PALCUS is establishing the first National Complete Count Committee with the

U.S. Census Bureau to mobilize Portuguese-Americans to be counted in the 2020 Census. All civic, social, and faith-based organizations are urged to join us in working together in solidarity to unite our community in this national campaign. Read more...

Become an Affiliated Organization to receive promotional information and materials!

Contact Gracielle Camilo at palcus@palcus.or call at 202-466-4664 to register.

GOFUNDME in Support of

Make Portuguese Count™



PALCUS needs more bilingual posters, flyers, pamphets and instructional videos and more to help spread the word and educate our community about the 2020 Census.

Your tax-deductible donation will help us put information in everyone's hands!

Help us to Make Portuguese CountTM in the 2020 U.S. Census!


PALCUS National
Scholarship Applications

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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2nd Edition is now open!

You are invited to participate in 2nd edition of our survey,

This survey is conducted by PALCUS in order to gain a better understanding of our Portuguese-American communities. In this survey, United States residents who are Portuguese or of Portuguese descent are asked to complete a questionnaire that asks about their demographic and socioeconomic characteristics as well as their community concerns. The first edition in 2017 was successful not only in terms of participation but in that it informed the agenda of the Inaugural Portuguese-American National Conference in Washington, D.C. in June of 2018.

It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Your participation in this study is completely voluntary but very necessary and appreciated. It is important for us to learn your opinions.
Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate. Design and analysis is provided by Dulce Maria Scott, PhD, PALCUS Research Consultant and Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, Anderson University, Anderson, IN.

Take the survey in English

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

EIN: 52-1739459

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