What it’s Like to Win a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award for Your Life’s Work

"As a society we have to reassess our assumptions about what is happening within not just immigrant communities, but low-income communities. We don’t give them enough credit for their ingenuity, for their innovativeness, for what it takes to survive and thrive in poverty. . . What we’re trying to do at MAF is actually say no, that’s not true. There’s more to it than that. We can actually build eff ...

MacArthur Foundation Announces 2016 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

"José A. Quiñonez, 45, the founder of the Mission Asset Fund, a nonprofit group in San Francisco that helps people build credit history based on informal lending circles common in immigrant communities and among others without access to bank loans, said he saw the award as a boost for the people he serves. “Our laws and our policies tend to be really ignorant of the beautiful ways that people a ...

23 “Genius” Grants Announced by MacArthur Foundation

Gene Luen Yang, a prize-winning author and the national ambassador for young people’s literature, and Claudia Rankine, one of poetry’s brightest and most innovative stars, are among this year’s 23 MacArthur fellows and recipients of the so-called “genius” grants. by Hillel Italie READ MORE ...

MacArthur ‘genius’ winner: This immigrant helps others build good credit

"Jose Quinonez crossed the border from Mexico to California when he was 9 years old, accompanied by his five siblings, driven out of his home after the death of their father and mother. Three decades later, Quinonez is set to receive one of the most prestigious honors offered to American professionals: a MacArthur Fellowship, known as a “genius” grant." by Natalie Kitroeff READ MORE ...

¿Por qué es importante tener un buen historial crediticio?

Tener un historial crediticio en este país puede abrirle las puertas a nuevas oportunidades financieras, pero, ¿qué se puede hacer cuando nos niegan algún producto financiero por tener mal crédito? Karla Henriquez, de Mission Asset Fund, nos habla de los recursos que pueden ayudar a construir un historial de crédito. MIRA EL VIDEO ...

Designing for Financial Health

The success of Lending Circles reinforces the importance of knowing your clients holistically in order to serve their needs with consumer-focused delivery. The program tapped into an already existing social practice among immigrant communities, who often pool money for financial support. Lending Circles helped to formalize the practice to make it safer and more efficient, and turned it into a ...