The Ford Foundation has recognized Martin Eakes, CEO of the $550 million Self-Help Federal Credit Union and the Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, N.C., with an award celebrating its 75th anniversary.
“In a period of uncertain transformation in global society, politics and the economy, the Ford Foundation Visionaries Awards seek to raise the profile of leaders whose innovative efforts on the frontlines of key social issues offer pathways to improved economic opportunities and expanded political and social participation for millions of marginalized people worldwide,” the international grant maker said in a statement.
"We can’t think of a more fitting way to mark our anniversary than to spotlight the people who continually infuse new energy and ideas into the effort to solve our most pressing social problems,” said Luis Ubiñas, president of the Ford Foundation. “They are thinkers and doers — people who pursue their vision with determination and a laser focus on impact."
The foundation said the 11 other individuals from all over the world and Eakes “represent the thousands of brilliant people and organizations the foundation has supported since its founding in 1936. They come from diverse backgrounds and work in a variety of fields — from human rights to technology to education, both in the United States and around the world.”
The awards carry a $100,000 prize, the foundation said.