Who We Are

We drive economic and political empowerment.

Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) believes that all people, without discrimination, should have the power to live a life of dignity. Our programs work to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency by providing accessible healthcare; affordable housing; a quality education; access to meaningful work; and political representation.

CPLC was founded in 1969 to confront discrimination against Mexican-American students in Phoenix as part of the larger movement led by Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and others. Today, CPLC has grown to defend the rights of people of all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, race, age, gender, orientation, or immigration status, while maintaining a special competence in meeting the needs of the Latino and Spanish-speaking population.

We provide direct services impacting almost 625,000 lives annually in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas.


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 FY20-21, CPLC impacted more than


Individuals across the Southwest.

What Sets Us Apart?

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 serving the Latino community and have become the most recognized and most trusted provider of services to Latinos in Arizona.

To support our mission of helping individuals become economically and politically empowered and self-sufficient, we lead by example. CPLC owns and manages mission-driven for-profit subsidiaries, whose income helps to fund our nonprofit charitable initiatives. More than half of CPLC's revenue is self-generated, ensuring that our organization can weather financial storms and that our mission will continue sustainably into the future.

A Chance to Change the World

Annual Report FY19-20

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