Portuguese Organization:

Vasco da Gama Portuguese American Charitable Society




The Vasco Da Gama Portuguese-American Charitable Society, Inc., is a 501c3 not for profit entity in the state of RI. We have been in existence since 1896. First organized as a fraternal and religious organization focusing on the Portuguese community, it has evolved into an organization with a membership dedicated to the betterment of the community and extends to include all ethnicities regardless of religious or social beliefs. It is the objective of the society to reach out into the community, determine a need and try to remedy that need with educational, emotional and monetary support. Based on past interaction with other social organizations, it has been determined that there is a definite need for our society within the community.

The Vasco Da Gama Portuguese-American Charitable Society, Inc is a benevolent organization with members who are dedicated to the belief that mere existence does not constitute betterment but that actions with whatever resources are available contribute to the overall wellness of the community. The Board of Directors have fostered these ideals to justify the existence of the society.

Where we are fundamentally an organization with deep roots within the Portuguese community, we understand diversity and the need to extend to all nationalities and religious groups. As we continue to promote and foster Portuguese culture, we also have evolved as an outreach society to the community.



15 Fenner Ave., Newport, RI 02840