Come join us, and put your resources to work assisting families and individuals in need.
Organizations and individuals invest in the Leviticus Fund because they want to know their resources are being used to improve the quality of life in the region where they live and work while also generating a financial return on their investment. To offer this double-bottom-line benefit, we rely on our expertise in lending in low-income areas and the capacity-building support we offer our nonprofit borrowers, which ensures the projects we finance both benefit their communities and achieve financial sustainability. Our loans have a record of performance that competes with conventional lenders, and we support projects that improve families and communities in the process.
We offer these investment opportunities to both organizations and individuals.
Our members have typically been religious communities, churches, faith-affiliated organizations (e.g., healthcare systems and universities) and nonprofit organizations, but any tax-exempt nonprofit can become a Leviticus member.
To become a member, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization makes at least a $5,000 subvention loan to Leviticus for a period of at least five years and receives a fixed interest payment each year. Our members gather each year to elect our Board and approve any changes to our organizational documents. They put their capital directly at work to further their values on the ground, in communities on the margins and serving individuals and families in need. Our members guide our mission and represent the social justice values that inspired our founders.
Any corporation can become an Associate and this group of investors includes religious orders, faith-based organizations, nonprofits and health care systems. An Associate investor must invest a minimum of $1,000 for at least one year and receives 2% interest paid annually.
We seek to make it as easy as possible for individual investors to align their values and capital with our mission. Individuals may invest in Leviticus by making a loan as small as $1,000 for a one year term that pays a fixed interest payment each year.
Individual investors are required to review our Offering Memorandum which provides financial and organizational management information about Leviticus and the risks inherent in a community development investment.
If you would like to explore investing in Leviticus, please call Ashley Slane, our Development Officer, at 914-909-9180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Investor Profiles
Felician Sisters of North America
Leviticus Member Investor
From the first five Sisters who arrived in Polonia, Wisconsin in 1874 to educate local immigrant children, to the thousands of Sisters who have joined since, the Felician Sisters of North America have been committed to serving economically disadvantaged people across the continent, from New York to northern Canada.
Today, their services include education, health care, senior care, and a range of social services. The work of the Sisters to bring afterschool program, medical assistance, and food and clothing to rural Kingtree, South Carolina won the congregation the recognition of the Catholic Extension Magazine’s Lumen Christi Award in 2012.
While their work in communities is the face of the Felician sisters, they also know they can make an impact through the portfolio of investments they use to secure the future of all members. The Sisters decided to expand the impact of this “silent resource” by investing in Leviticus. We are proud to have them as one of our newest Member investors, and we thank them for trusting us to put their resources towards the causes they value.
“Part of our spirituality, since our founding, has been to serve the marginalized. We therefore want to use our investments not only to benefit our community, but to serve others in need. When we looked at the projects that Leviticus was funding – and that they support housing those people who need the most help – we saw a great resonance with our values.”
Sr. Mary Christopher Moore
Felician Sisters of North America
New York Quarterly Meeting
Leviticus Associate Investor
New York Quarterly Meeting is steeped in the worship tradition of the Religious Society of Friends and also guided by Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship in its social activism.
Members are drawn from monthly worship groups within six distinct neighborhoods in New York City, including the oldest meeting house in Flushing, Queens. The quarterly meeting is the space for collaboration on shared business like investment decisions and social witness. Prison reform, anti-fracking in New York State, rights of Native Americans and climate change are paramount concerns, as is the growing scarcity of affordable housing in New York City.
Our tri-state footprint and consistently strong financial and social impact performance motivated New York Quarterly Meeting to become an Associate investor with Leviticus, joining with over 120 faith-based organizations to use their financial assets for projects within underserved communities.
“Our investments are screened for social criteria to be consistent with Quaker values. We have invested with some of the biggest national CDFIs, but Leviticus won the prize for being the most locally focused for New York City. Members of the group felt comfortable investing with Leviticus because it was really creating new affordable housing in the New York metro area and was most consistent with putting our money to work in the communities where we live.”
Member Investment Sub-Committee
New York Quarterly Meeting Trustees