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July 10, 2024
Trump’s vision of mass deportations is going unchallenged. MAF stands with immigrant communities and is partnering with immigration legal experts to help them navigate the process of obtaining lega…
July 8, 2024
Small Business Month is a time to recognize the incredible impact small businesses have on our communities and economy. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on Cuztumly Crafted, a San Francisco-based a…
June 28, 2024
Exciting news for immigrant families! Biden’s policies offer new paths to stability & opportunity. MAF is ready to support with zero-interest immigration loans. Learn more & join us in cre…
June 27, 2024
Exciting news for immigrant families! Biden’s policies offer new paths to stability & opportunity. MAF is ready to support with zero-interest immigration loans. Learn more & join us in cre…
May 21, 2024
Graduation season is in full swing and we are thrilled to share MAF CEO José Quinonez delivered an unforgettable commencement address to the University of San Francisco’s School of Management gradu…
April 23, 2024
MAF is inviting nonprofit organizations in Chicago, Florida, and Los Angeles to join our Lending Circles Partner Network. Selected applicants will receive valuable benefits, including training, tec…
February 15, 2024
Join us as we welcome the Education & Leadership Foundation (ELF) to MAF’s Lending Circles partner network!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 5, 2023
We’re excited to announce MAF’s next Lending Circles roadshow, coming soon in Spring 2024!
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…
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.
July 5, 2023
We’re welcoming 4 new partners to our Lending Circles Network!
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 …
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…
March 29, 2023
A letter from MAF CEO José Quiñonez.
March 29, 2023
Efrain Segundo Orozco, MAF’s Financial Education and Education Manager, write about the power of a flexible framework.
March 28, 2023
MAF board member Monica Issar calls herself a “living testament” to the importance of financial tools for the people.
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.
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.
November 21, 2022
John A. Sobrato wins the MAF Padrino Award for supporting San Mateo County immigrant families.
November 21, 2022
Jenny Flores wins the MAF Madrina Award for her lifelong commitment to serving immigrant families and steadfast partnership with MAF.
November 11, 2022
We celebrated our journey alongside clients, partners, funders, board members, and MAFistas.
August 16, 2022
DACA turns 10 this year. Two DACA recipients, Shanique and Miguel, share how the program has impacted their lives.
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…
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.
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.
June 21, 2022
In episode 2 of Cafecito con MAF, hear how Diana, an entrepreneur and working mom, navigated the challenges of the pandemic.
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…
May 19, 2022
Lending Circles providers from across the country convened for the first time in nearly two years for IGNITE: Connect, Reflect, Innovate. 
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.
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.
December 13, 2021
COVID-19 devastated the financial lives of immigrant families. Excluded from federal relief, how can immigrant families rebuild their financial lives?
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…
November 15, 2021
Elle Creel has been searching for a place to set roots. At MAF, she’s found fertile ground.
September 23, 2021
Laura grew up in a Mexican immigrant family in Oakland. Her new role as a MAF board member honors those roots.
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.
August 6, 2021
A Texas court put DACA at risk again. Here’s what you can do to support citizenship for all.
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.
May 28, 2021
Marlena has a dream to save lives with science. She’s moving ahead, despite a pandemic. She’s not alone.
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…
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.
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.
January 14, 2021
Organizing in Georgia made its victory possible. The victory makes a horizon of progressive policies possible. Two are top priority.
December 8, 2020
Here’s what we’ve learned are the 5 keys to running a successful campaign for a diverse electorate.
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…
December 2, 2020
Read about Francisco’s inspiring journey and its many challenges – including migration, financial barriers, fatherhood, and COVID-19.
September 30, 2020
We’re welcoming 7 incredible nonprofits to our Lending Circles Network!
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.
September 10, 2020
Activity skyrocketed in the MyMAF app in the early months of COVID, as users searched for resources around credit and savings.
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.
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…
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.
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…
May 7, 2020
If I had to distill the essence of MAF’s Rapid Response work into one word it would be: partnerships.
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 …
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…
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 …
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 …
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 …
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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 …
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…
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. …
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…
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 …
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…
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. …
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…
December 24, 2018
Watch MAF’s 12 Data Points of Christmas, a video featuring insights from the last decade
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….
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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 …
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…