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Welcoming the Education & Leadership Foundation to MAF’s Lending Circles Partner Network

February 15, 2024
Join us as we welcome the Education & Leadership Foundation (ELF) to MAF’s Lending Circles partner network!

Research at Scale: Insights from our Latest IFRP Webinar

January 23, 2024
Understanding the ever-changing context of immigrant families’ lives is key to how nonprofits best show up for the families they serve.

Unwavering Motherhood in a Pandemic: Tammy’s Story

November 21, 2023
Tammy’s story is one of an undocumented single mother from Honduras who overcame heartbreak, COVID-19, and other challenges to secure a better future for herself and her two children.

When the Mountain Does Not Come: Eduardo’s Story

November 21, 2023
In a time of exclusion and uncertainty, Eduardo’s unshakeable spirit and savvy kept him and his family going during the pandemic.

Context is Everything

October 20, 2023
Understanding the ever-changing context of immigrant families’ lives is key to how nonprofits best show up for the families they serve.

Starting over in a storm

October 5, 2023
Like many families that we talked to, Diana faced the pandemic as just one challenge in her life, yet she found a way to overcome and keep moving forward for her daughter.

Hitting the Road with Lending Circles

October 5, 2023
We’re excited to announce MAF’s next Lending Circles roadshow, coming soon in Spring 2024!

Announcing MAF Learning Hub

September 28, 2023
MAF is excited to announce the launch of a new way for our community to access financial education. The MAF Learning Hub is an online platform that offers culturally relevant financial education an…

Finding Courage in Crisis

August 4, 2023
Amidst financial hardship and exclusion, immigrant families have shown incredible resilience and courage, utilizing entrepreneurship as a key financial strategy during the pandemic.

Welcoming 4 New Partners to the Lending Circles Network

July 5, 2023
We’re welcoming 4 new partners to our Lending Circles Network!

Designing Research Rooted in Immigrant Families’ Lived Experience

May 17, 2023
We designed the Immigrant Families Recovery Program to deepen not only our community relationships, but also our knowledge about their financial lives. Our research aims to inform the conversation …

Working with Annie Leibovitz and TriNet to uplift MAF’s story

April 5, 2023
We are honored to have the renowned portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, capture the image of our founder and CEO, José Quiñonez. Leibovitz’s work is well-known and respected worldwide, and we…

MAF was a Gamble from Day One.

March 29, 2023
A letter from MAF CEO José Quiñonez.

How MAF’s Ladder of Engagement Meets People Where They Are

March 29, 2023
Efrain Segundo Orozco, MAF’s Financial Education and Education Manager, write about the power of a flexible framework.

Champion Spotlight: Monica Issar

March 28, 2023
MAF board member Monica Issar calls herself a “living testament” to the importance of financial tools for the people.

A Partnership for Financial Freedom for All

February 24, 2023
With the Motley Fool Foundation, we’re uplifting the stories and challenges facing immigrant communities as they work to improve their financial security.

A Home for the Generations: Eva’s Story

December 19, 2022
As a mother and small business owner, Eva has achieved a lot in life. This year, Eva brought another dream to life: becoming a homeowner.

Meet the MAF Padrino: John A. Sobrato

November 21, 2022
John A. Sobrato wins the MAF Padrino Award for supporting San Mateo County immigrant families.

Meet the MAF Madrina: Jenny Flores

November 21, 2022
Jenny Flores wins the MAF Madrina Award for her lifelong commitment to serving immigrant families and steadfast partnership with MAF.

MAF Celebrates 15-Year Anniversary with Quinceañera

November 11, 2022
We celebrated our journey alongside clients, partners, funders, board members, and MAFistas.

‘A Blessing…A Thorn’: 10 Years of DACA

August 16, 2022
DACA turns 10 this year. Two DACA recipients, Shanique and Miguel, share how the program has impacted their lives.

Cafecito con MAF: What’s Next? Beyond Cash

July 25, 2022
In the final episode of our first season, MAF CEO José Quiñonez sits down with Efrain Segundo, MAF Financial Education and Engagement Manager. They outline a better way forward beyond cash, one tha…

Cafecito con MAF: Same Storm, Different Boats

July 18, 2022
In episode 4 of Cafecito con MAF, hear from April Yee, Senior Program Officer at College Futures Foundation and a trusted MAF partner.

Cafecito con MAF: The Need to Power Through

June 21, 2022
In episode 3 of Cafecito con MAF, hear behind-the-scenes stories of how MAF launched the Rapid Response Fund from MAFistas Rocio Rodarte and Joanna Cortez Hernandez.

Cafecito con MAF: They Need Me, I Need Them

June 21, 2022
In episode 2 of Cafecito con MAF, hear how Diana, an entrepreneur and working mom, navigated the challenges of the pandemic.

Cafecito con MAF: Do More, Do Better

June 15, 2022
In our first podcast episode, join MAF CEO José Quiñonez and MAF Policy & Communications Manager Rocio Rodarte for the story of how immigrants, students, and workers left out of federal COVID-19 re…

IGNITE Partner Convening: We Shine Brighter Together

May 19, 2022
Lending Circles providers from across the country convened for the first time in nearly two years for IGNITE: Connect, Reflect, Innovate. 

Between Lands, Languages, y Culturas: Iván’s Story

April 26, 2022
Iván, a poet based in the San Fernando Valley, experiments with words, images, and sound as he navigates the world. He uses his voice to advocate for social justice.

Champion Spotlight: Meet Karen Law

February 23, 2022
Like MAF, Karen realized the best of finance could be put to work in service of community. She’s leveraging the skills she has for those left in the shadows.

A Tale of Two Recoveries: How Immigrant Families Survived COVID-19

December 13, 2021
COVID-19 devastated the financial lives of immigrant families. Excluded from federal relief, how can immigrant families rebuild their financial lives?

Dreams Blooming In The Dark: Cristina’s Story

December 13, 2021
While entire industries were shutting down during the pandemic, Cristina and her husband saw an opportunity to seize their dream. Cristina sat down with MAFista Diana to talk about starting a busin…

Champion Spotlight: Meet Elle Creel

November 15, 2021
Elle Creel has been searching for a place to set roots. At MAF, she’s found fertile ground.

Champion Spotlight: Meet Laura Arce

September 23, 2021
Laura grew up in a Mexican immigrant family in Oakland. Her new role as a MAF board member honors those roots.

A Guaranteed Income for the Indispensable

September 1, 2021
At MAF, we’re bringing all that we have to bear in the fight against poverty, just as essential workers did in the midst of the global pandemic.

Demand Lasting Change: Reacting To The Latest DACA Court Ruling

August 6, 2021
A Texas court put DACA at risk again. Here’s what you can do to support citizenship for all.

Putting Heart into UpValley’s Lending Circles: Joleen’s Story

August 5, 2021
Joleen learned valuable lessons navigating the financial system. She runs Lending Circles at UpValley Family Centers to help her community do the same.

Studying Through A Pandemic: Marlena’s Story

May 28, 2021
Marlena has a dream to save lives with science. She’s moving ahead, despite a pandemic. She’s not alone.

MAF’s Vision for Showing Up & Doing More

May 13, 2021
As vaccines roll out, many of us see a light at the end of a long tunnel. But this light is dimmer for immigrant families who have been repeatedly excluded from federal COVID-19 relief. As we l…

MAF Awarded $45 Million To Support Immigrant Families During COVID-19 Crisis. It’s Still Not Enough — Congress Must Act.

March 16, 2021
MAF Awarded $45 Million To Support Immigrant Families During COVID-19 Crisis. It’s Not Enough. Congress Needs to Ensure that All Immigrants Have Access to Relief.

Safe, trusted “Financial Empowerment Windows” for the Mexican Community are a light in these hard times

February 8, 2021
Read about MAF’s partnership with Citi Community Relations and how we’ve provided trusted, culturally-relevant financial education within the Ventanillas de Asesoría Financiera.

Four Years of Possibility: The Legacy of Sustained Organizing

January 14, 2021
Organizing in Georgia made its victory possible. The victory makes a horizon of progressive policies possible. Two are top priority.

5 Keys To Relevant, Intentional Campaigns

December 8, 2020
Here’s what we’ve learned are the 5 keys to running a successful campaign for a diverse electorate.

SB 1157 Becomes Law: California’s First-in-the-Nation Rent Reporting Bill

December 8, 2020
SB1157 offers a credit-building lifeline to low-income tenants living in subsidized housing, allowing them to report their rent payments to major credit bureaus so they can continue safely building…

Francisco’s Story: Strength in the Time of COVID-19

December 2, 2020
Read about Francisco’s inspiring journey and its many challenges – including migration, financial barriers, fatherhood, and COVID-19.

Growing Lending Circles Communities With 7 New Partners

September 30, 2020
We’re welcoming 7 incredible nonprofits to our Lending Circles Network!

Taryn’s Story: Finding Transformation in the Uncertainty

September 22, 2020
Meet MAF’s college fund grant recipient Taryn Williams and learn about her incredible journey finding inspiration and hope in unlikely moments.

MyMAF: Mobile Insights During the COVID-19 Crisis

September 10, 2020
Activity skyrocketed in the MyMAF app in the early months of COVID, as users searched for resources around credit and savings.

Insights from Census Outreach Campaign

September 3, 2020
Immigrants, like other marginalized communities, are labeled as “hard-to-count” by the US Census Bureau. Immigrants, we found, were in fact the easiest-to-count.

Xiucoatl Mejia: Connecting Communities…From A Distance

September 2, 2020
Xiucoatl’s story illustrates the incontestable reality that art—in all of its forms—is essential to enabling people to connect with each other through empathy, shared space, or shared experience. L…

Mobilizing Communities Into Action

July 29, 2020
We’re mounting thoughtful and relevant tools, resources, and campaigns that place people at the forefront of change and mobilizes them towards civic action.

Prioritizing Education in a Pandemic

June 12, 2020
The pandemic has exacerbated a number inequities within this country, including access to higher education. Even in the absence of a pandemic, so many students overcome insurmountable barriers to a…

We Lean on Each Other in Times of Crisis

May 7, 2020
If I had to distill the essence of MAF’s Rapid Response work into one word it would be: partnerships.

Making Our Lives Count In The #2020Census

April 14, 2020
The marginalized communities and hard-working immigrant families that we serve every day at MAF will receive, at best, pennies for each dollar needed because they are invisible. The census plays a …

Helping Those With the Least Weather the Crisis

March 20, 2020
We are in the midst of a generation-defining crisis. The coronavirus is laying bare the interconnectedness of modern life, rapidly spreading and jeopardizing the health and well-being of millions o…

Pushing Back: USCIS Proposed Fee Hikes

February 28, 2020
On November 14, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposal to dramatically raise the costs of filing fees. The proposed fee schedule raises unfair and prohibitive …

Podcast: Design for Social Change

January 30, 2020
Design is an integral part of the MAF Lab’s R&D process and today, we give you in an inside peek into how design meets direct service at MAF. In the first episode of our podcast, you’ll get to …

Navigating the Financial System with an ITIN

December 11, 2019
“Impossible” is not a word in Regina’s vocabulary. Her savviness and tenacity stood out to us within minutes of meeting her one Monday afternoon. She walked confidently through MAF’s door, took a s…

Invisible Barriers: Navigating Financial Services with an ITIN

November 8, 2019
In this report, we see our clients’ financial lives are interwoven with larger communities and often relies on informal resources. We invite you to explore this issue with us, develop a deeper unde…

New MyMAF Financial Education on Self-Employment

October 10, 2019
MAF’s clients often turn to creative strategy to manage their financial lives; faced with barriers to accessing formal income opportunities, our clients innovate. One such strategy we’ve seen is se…

SB 455 Updates: CA Financial Empowerment Fund

September 5, 2019
MAF is sponsoring SB 455, also known as the California Financial Empowerment Fund, which would create a $4 million fund to support nonprofits delivering effective financial education and empowermen…

We saw it coming.

August 13, 2019
Ever since that dreadful day Trump descended down the escalator to announce his candidacy, we all knew deep down that it was the start of open season on immigrants. We’d seen it before. Desperate p…

Introducing MAF’s newest program: LLC Loan Program

August 11, 2019
Meet the community where they are. At MAF, this is one of our core values. We’re constantly searching for ways to build new programs that uplift this principle. That’s why we are excited to launch …

Energy Watch Chronicles: How A Small Business Owner Sweetened His Customers’ Experience By Brightening Up His Shop

July 23, 2019
Whether you’re a San Francisco Bay Area native, or have only visited the city a handful of times, you may have explored the famed “North Beach/Little Italy” neighborhood and crossed paths with the …

Testifying Before the Joint Economic Committee

July 1, 2019
On April 30, 2019, I testified before the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee’s hearing on “Expanding Opportunity by Strengthening Families, Communities, and Civil Society.” This bipartisan body…

MAF Staff Spotlight: Doris Vasquez

June 6, 2019
Meet Doris Vasquez, MAF’s Client Success Manager. Though she’d never admit it herself, Doris embodies what it means to be a community leader. As MAF’s Client Success Manager, Doris is engaging with…

My MAF Journey: Bridging Tech and Financial Inclusion

June 4, 2019
In celebration of the MAF Lab having hit its one-year mark, we want to recognize the role and work of our Tech Advisory Council in supporting our successes. We’ll be sharing a series of blog posts …

MAFista Spotlight: Samhita Collur

June 1, 2019
Samhita Collur has held many roles during her nearly three years at MAF. Officially, she’s been a Partner Success Manager and Communications Manager, but she’s also been a storyteller, a mobile app…

2019 MAF Summit: And the award goes to…

May 30, 2019
At Mission Asset Fund (MAF), we never pass up an opportunity to celebrate our inspiring and all-around incredible community members. At this year’s MAF Summit, we rolled out a red carpet of our …

Catalyzing Change: Antonio’s Story

May 28, 2019
Catalyst Miami is a member of MAF’s national Lending Circles network based in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Through its diverse programs and services, Catalyst Miami is dedicated to fighting poverty…

A Galaxy of Her Own: Connie’s Mixcoatl

May 24, 2019
When you’re strolling down 24th Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, you can’t help but stop in your tracks as you are greeted by a display of luchador masks outside Mixcoatl’s storefront. …

‘Échale ganas, mijo’/’Give it your all, son’: PART TWO

March 20, 2019
What does ‘Transcend. Evolve. Take Flight.” mean to you? Read part one. ‘Ni de aqui, ni de alla’/’Not from here, nor from there’ I maintained my connection to my Mexican heritage and cult…

MAF Sponsors SB 455: CA Financial Empowerment Fund

March 6, 2019
In the U.S. there is a wide array of financial products and services to help consumers build their financial lives. In addition to banks, there is a whole Financial Planning and Advice industry to …

‘Échale ganas, mijo’/’Give it your all, son’: PART ONE

February 26, 2019
What does ‘Transcend. Evolve. Take Flight.” mean to you? Life’s about a dream I’ve always considered myself a dreamer — long before the term was used to identify a community of hard-working…

MAF Lab Spotlight: Shruti Dev

February 13, 2019
Meet Shruti Dev, MAF’s first Technical Project Manager in the MAF Lab. Shruti came to MAF from the for-profit sector with a background as a developer and business systems analyst in healthcare. …

Boni: A Story of Self-Sufficiency

February 5, 2019
Today, Boni speaks about his life in the U.S. with a humble confidence. In the five years that Boni has lived in the country, he has built financial security for himself. He has navigated unfamilia…

MAF’s 12 Data Points of Christmas

December 24, 2018
Watch MAF’s 12 Data Points of Christmas, a video featuring insights from the last decade

Rosa’s Story: An Advocate’s Journey

December 19, 2018
“My name is Rosa, and I received a check from you within only days of my request. You understand that this issue is incredibly time sensitive, and you did not neglect nor treat me as just a number….

Public Charge Statement Release: A Barrier to Upward Mobility for Immigrant Families

December 3, 2018
MAF recently submitted the below statement against the proposed public charge rule. We would like to encourage you all to also make your voice heard before the public comment period closes on Decem…

Introducing MAF’s new mobile app: MyMAF

November 26, 2018
MAF is excited to announce the launch of its new mobile app, MyMAF. MyMAF is a virtual financial coach designed to help low-income and immigrant families achieve their dreams and help MAF’s clients…

Public Charge: An Attack on All Immigrants

October 11, 2018
A few weeks ago the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule that will change how the government looks at immigrants who have used or are likely to use public benefits. This …

What Resistance Looks Like: MAF’s DACA Campaign, a Year Later

September 6, 2018
The Trump administration blatantly targeted immigrants by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program on September 5, 2017. Shocked and angered by his actions, we did not r…

Why We’re Excited for the 2018 MAF Summit

August 14, 2018
At this year’s Summit, we’re bringing together thought leaders from a variety of sectors – nonprofit, finance, tech, and social sector. We can’t wait for the conversations and ideas that are bound …

We will keep fighting

June 21, 2018
My soul hurts to hear babies crying inconsolably for their parents, begging for help. I think about these little ones each time I look at my children, hoping that we will stop this madness and reun…

In Their Own Words: The Hopes of Dreamers

May 22, 2018
Being responsive is one of the major goals of our organization and our R&D team. After a successful DACA renewal fee assistance program, we surveyed clients to identify ways in which we could c…

Deportation, Stress, and Fear

May 4, 2018
Over the past couple months, we’ve heard many of our clients pour out their fears and concerns over their future. The threat of deportation looms large for so many immigrant families, causing real …

Here to help: reacting to the latest DACA court order

April 30, 2018
A third federal judge has issued a new DACA ruling. While the first two injunctions re-opened the program for the foreseeable future, this order is the first time since September 5, 2017 that there…

Work and Bills: The Financial Concerns of DACA Recipients

April 20, 2018
To hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients and their families, a DACA permit represents hope. Hope for jobs, for family security, for a future worth fighting for. The threat of losing DACA has pla…

Introducing MAF’s Self-Employment Webinar Series

April 19, 2018
In this new political context, when our community told us that maintaining financial security was their top concern, we decided to invest in promoting self-employment. We decided to invest in the i…

DACA’s multiplier effect

April 6, 2018
In “DACA=Better jobs, stable families,” we explored the impact that DACA has on job opportunities and family security. With a work permit and the ability to get education, it’s no surprise that DAC…

DACA = better jobs, stable families

March 21, 2018
$460 billion. That’s the estimated value that DACA recipients add to our GDP. In addition to the well-known economic impacts to our country, there is a good amount of research about the positive be…

MAF Lab: R&D for social good

February 28, 2018
It goes back to the earliest days at MAF, when Lending Circles was not yet a program available across the nation and when the conversation about financial capability only centered around savings. O…

DACA: 44 States & 70 Countries

February 26, 2018
In September 2017, MAF launched the nation’s largest DACA fee assistance program serving 7,600 Dreamers across the country. In a series of blog posts, we’ll share information about who we served an…

#HereToStay: Announcing MAF’s new immigration loan programs

February 23, 2018
Mission Asset Fund is excited to launch new zero-interest, credit-building loans available throughout California to cover the USCIS filing fees for U.S. Citizenship ($725), DACA Renewals ($495), Gr…

How MAF launched the largest DACA renewal campaign in 3 days

January 13, 2018
The Trump Administration ended DACA on September 5, 2017, igniting a wave of anguish and fear in communities throughout the country. Since 2012, hundreds of thousands of young people came out of th…

DACA: The stories behind the checks

January 10, 2018
After September 5, 2017, MAF quickly mobilized to provide financial assistance to DACA recipients across the nation. Our campaign was inspired by our belief that DACA recipients and their families …

Pilar’s Story: An ode to Prince and homeownership

January 4, 2018
Pilar celebrates her one-year homeownership anniversary this year. Her home is a beautiful, cozy, and peaceful place in South Minneapolis. She recalls the warm and loving home her mother created fo…

Nora’s Journey: A story of strength

January 1, 2018
Today, Nora speaks excitedly about the prospect of buying a home. She shares the number of rooms she’d like to have, her ideal neighborhoods, and even hints at how she plans to decorate her kitchen…

Press Release: 5,000+ DACA renewal scholarships now available

September 22, 2017
Media Contact: (888) 274-4808 x206 $2,500,000+ Fund to Help Dreamers Renew DACA by October 5 San Francisco, CA – September 22, 2017 – Mission Asset Fund (M…

Press Release: 2,000 Dreamers to receive DACA renewal scholarships

September 13, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: (888) 274-4808 x206 $1,000,000 Fund Announced to Help Dreamers Renew DACA by October 5 San Francisco, CA – September 13, 2017 – M…

Meet the Adelante Advisory Council

July 13, 2017
This group of passionate MAF advocates is fundraising and friendraising for justice At the end of 2016, an exciting group formed at MAF: the Adelante Advisory Council (AAC) is MAF’s first-ever …