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Our mission is to unite Portuguese-American elected officials and civic leaders in order to facilitate stronger collaboration in the advancement of the interests of the Portuguese-American community in California.


The California Portuguese American Coalition (CPAC) was officially launched on March 4, 2016. CPAC was founded by a group of Portuguese-American community leaders who saw a need to increase the political advocacy and involvement of the Portuguese-American community in California. As a tax exempt non-profit organization, CPAC is governed by a volunteer board of directors and supported by partners in the Portuguese-American community. 


CPAC was formed to unite Portuguese-American elected officials and civic leaders in California, allowing for stronger collaboration in advancing the interests of their respective communities. CPAC aims to encourage Portuguese-Americans to serve their communities, and provide opportunities for greater advocacy on issues specific to the Portuguese-American community in California. 


The California Portuguese American Coalition (CPAC) is supported by the Luso-American Development Foundation, a private, financially self-sufficient Portuguese institution. Its mission is to contribute to Portuguese development by financially and strategically supporting innovative projects and encouraging cooperation between Portuguese and American societies.

The Luso-American Development Foundation was created in 1985 by decree of the Portuguese government to establish a private, not-for-profit institution that promotes relations between Portugal and the United States in a permanent, flexible and independent way, in the hope that this exchange would further the economic, social and cultural development of Portugal. 


FLAD is a member of the national and international foundations network, namely the Portuguese Foundation Center (PFC), the European Foundation Center (EFC), the Council on Foundations in the USA, and the Bellagio Forum for Sustainable Development.

In February 2013, FLAD was awarded the status of Benefactor Member by the Portugal World Monuments Fund Association in recognition of the “generous and important support” granted to projects of great significance in the context of national heritage. 

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