Actor-Director Edward James Olmos to be Honored at Annual Aztec Awards Gala on October 3

EJO2-SilvermanEdward James Olmos, highly successful actor-director, activist and environmentalist, will receive the Aztec Award from the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) at its Annual Aztec Awards Gala, Oct. 3, 2014, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Olmos has long been an icon and a staunch advocate of the Latino community.

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MAOF Board Member, Victor Ramirez, Pays It Forward Through Service and Education

Victor Ramirez (left) and Jessie Mosqueda (right), Vice Presidents of Community Development at Citi, lead a "Financial Soccer" workshop at MAOF's Commerce office.

Victor Ramirez (left) and Jessie Mosqueda (right), Vice Presidents of Community Development at Citi, lead a “Financial Soccer” workshop at MAOF’s Commerce office.

Victor Ramirez lives his life paying it forward. For the Citi executive, who joined the MAOF Board of Directors a year ago and leads Citi’s Community Development efforts in the Los Angeles area, community service is a way of life. “There is no better way to serve than by giving my time and sharing my knowledge to help my community the way it helped me when I was growing up in Los Angeles,” he says. Read More

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MAOF to Bring Social Loan Program to Latino Families

LC-Credit-HeaderMexican American Opportunity Foundation has joined a network of national nonprofit providers to offer the award-winning social loan program, Lending Circles, managed by the San Francisco based nonprofit, Mission Asset Fund (MAF). The program helps build credit scores and savings for a diverse group of low-income individuals, including entrepreneurs and small business owners, immigrants, aspiring citizens, undocumented youth applying for DACA, students, and families. Participants in the program will be able to access zero-interest, zero-fee loans, financial education and improved credit scores. Read More

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MAOF Among Top Ten Latino Nonprofits in Nation

1. Front CoverHispanic Business Magazine released its annual list of top 25 Latino nonprofits this month, with MAOF ranking 10th on the list. Compiled using public data, the list ranks Latino-serving nonprofits by expenditure budget. MAOF reported an expenditure budget of nearly $63 million in 2013.

“Hispanic Business Magazine’s annual list captures the incredible scope of work that organizations across the country carry out to serve the Latino community. It’s very gratifying to see our name listed among the top ten and even more to note that 94.5% of our budget is applied directly to programming and outreach,” said MAOF President & CEO Martin Castro.  Read More

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MAOF Goodrich Office Has Relocated

Food Bank 037After 14 years of delivering services from a two-story location at 972 S. Goodrich Blvd. in Commerce, MAOF has relocated several departments to a new facility at 5657 E. Washington Blvd. The move, prompted by a reduction in programs and staff that left the facility largely vacant, was completed at the end of June. Among the programs now housed at the new facility are MAOF’s Youth/WIA program, FCCHEN/Parent Engagement program, Child Care, Handyworkers, Resource & Referral, and the MAOF Food Bank. Read More

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