“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 2021 Gold GuideStarUSA Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency
Visit our profile HERE.  

Let's go to Portugal!


PALCUS is excited to partner with Sagres Vacations on a private tour to

mainland Portugal that will feature unique experiences and special events.

This tour will serve as a fundraiser for PALCUS and will include:

  • Private Fado concert in Lisbon

  • 10 nights of hotel at some of the best hotels

  • 20 Meals

  • Tours to 8 cities and regions


If you have family or friends who are wanting to experience Portugal for

the first time, this is the perfect trip to introduce them to our magnificent country!

Reserve your spot now as space is LIMITED. COVID safety protocols will be observed throughout the entire trip.


Click here to see details on the full itinerary. 


We look forward to being with you in Portugal!

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We are excited to share that PALCUS will host a series of free virtual events under the theme of “United Through Heritage” in an effort to foster unity and strength throughout our national community. The PALCUS “United Through Heritage” virtual event series is made possible by FLAD, with sponsorship from Portugalia Marketplace, Licor Beirao, The Navigator Company, Anchor Construction, UMass Lowell and MDVIP.

Virtual events to include exclusive Fado concerts, the PALCUS National Conference, Food demonstrations, Meet the Artist sessions and much more.

Read the press release at: https://conta.cc/3fPaRdT

It's Christmas in June!!!

In collaboration with Rooster Camisa, PALCUS has created a one-of-a-kind trio ornament set to help raise funds for our scholarship program that supports Portuguese American students in higher education.

Order yours at PALCUS Christmas Ornament Set – Rooster Camisa

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We are happy to announce that our Portuguese wine importer friend and PALCUS supporter, Rachel Farah, has expanded her online Portuguese boutique and has rebranded her business to Farah Trading Co, adding new artisan Portuguese wineries, food producers, Portuguese recipes and immersive travel opportunities. 

Farah is working with Palcus to help fundraise and is donating a percentage of any sale made through this link

 https://rachelfarah.com/discount/PALCUS back to PALCUS.  


Help us support this blending of cultures, stories, and connection - with its origins in Portugal - that is at the heart of Farah Trading Co. 

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 Annual Report 2020

We are proud to share with you the 2020 PALCUS Annual report that not only details all of the activities and programs that were executed this past year, but also provides a detailed financial picture.  We hope you will take a few minutes to look through the report and give us your feedback and suggestions.







PALCUS is pleased to announce the results of the second edition of the PALCUS Index national survey. In addition to demographic and socioeconomic data, the PALCUS Index provides information about what matters most to the members of the community, where they prioritize their time, effort and money, and how connected/disconnected they are to their communities and Portugal.  The responses were primarily collected online, via email, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, with both English and Portuguese versions of the survey available.  PALCUS provided printed versions of the survey to all Portuguese Consulates as well, and that effort was mildly successful in securing written answers from community members that are not on social media. More than 1,400 responses, slightly more than the previous survey, were collected between May 2019 – December 2020. 

The data was then analyzed by PALCUS Research Fellow, Dr. Dulce Maria Scott of Anderson University.

Download full report here


The NextGen Leadership Academy aims to establish a fellowship for the personal and professional advancement of Young Portuguese-Americans (18-35 years of age) who have demonstrated outstanding promise, who want to become leaders in their respective fields, and who are passionate about the celebration and preservation of Portuguese language and culture in the United States. We are proud to recognize these young leaders for their excellent work and accomplishment.

Meet the NextGen Co-founding Ambassadors and learn more about this initiative



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