Who We Are

Chicanos Por La Causa is an all-encompassing organization for the underserved.

Chicanos Por La Causa (also known as CPLC) was founded in 1969 to confront oppression facing Latinos in Phoenix, Arizona as part of the movement led by Cesar Chavez, who undertook a fast at our original headquarters. Since then, we have become one of the largest Hispanic nonprofits in the country, promoting stronger and healthier communities throughout the southwestern United States. We provide direct services impacting more than 378,103 individuals annually in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Our vibrant community presence spans a comprehensive range of bilingual and bi-cultural services in Health & Human Services, Housing, Education, and Economic Development. As one of the largest community development corporations in Arizona, we are focused on individuals and families with low to moderate income levels and complement our services with cultural and linguistic competencies.


We Drive Economic and Political Empowerment


Empowered Lives

What does “Chicanos Por La Causa” Mean?

Our organization's name represents our roots. The term "Chicano" refers to those who navigate both the Mexican and American worlds and was popularized during the Civil Rights movement, when CPLC formed. "Por La Causa" (pronounced "cow"-"saw") translates to "for the Cause," which at that time was combatting discrimination. Since then, we have expanded our interpretation of "Chicano" to mean anyone who believes in equal opportunity for all people, regardless of background, and "the Cause" continues to evolve, like CPLC, to meet the changing needs of the community.

In 2017, CPLC impacted more than


Individuals across the Southwest.

What Sets Us Apart?

To support our mission of helping individuals become economically and politically empowered and self-sufficient, we lead by example. Unlike most non-profits, CPLC owns and manages for-profit businesses, which help sustain our charitable initiatives.

CPLC responds to the changing needs of the community from infants to seniors, providing integrated programs and services which treat the whole person. While our services are offered to all people, regardless of ethnic background, we have a special competence in meeting the needs of the Latino community and have become the most trusted provider of services to Latinos in Arizona.

CPLC Values

I deliver on my commitments.

I bring innovative solutions and adapt to address challenges.

I advance and own my professional and personal growth.

I engage passionately and fully in advocating for, and responding to, the needs of our community.

I demonstrate respect with honest and transparent communications.

I treat CPLC resources as if they are my own.