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Habitat for Humanity International offers investment-based initiative to support house-building projects

Habitat for Humanity International and Calvert Social Investment Foundation announced the launch of the Habitat for Humanity Investment Program, which will enable people to support Habitat for Humanity as they make affordable housing part of their investment portfolio.

Facilitated through the non-profit organization Calvert Foundation’s Community Investment Note, the program provides a means for individuals and other non-profits to invest their money into a fund that directly benefits Habitat for Humanity. The notes start at a $1,000 minimum and $100 when purchased online at MicroPlace (, an eBay company.

The notes may be invested for one, three, five, seven or 10 years, and investors choose to earn an interest rate up to 2 per cent. The full value of the principal is then loaned to Habitat for Humanity, enabling Habitat to obtain access to low-cost, flexible capital, which then will be used to serve more families and build houses at a faster rate.

At maturity, investors may collect the principal and interest accrued, or they may reinvest to support Habitat and help provide a sustainable solution to fighting poverty. Investors also have the option of making a tax-deductible donation of their interest to Habitat for Humanity.

“The vast need for decent, affordable housing in our world means that we have to be creative in our response to it, while staying true to Habitat’s mission,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This exciting opportunity with Calvert Foundation will generate more capital to help further that mission. As supporters invest in the Habitat Investment Program, we will be able to strengthen our capacity, which, in turn, will allow us to invest in more families as together we build simple, decent homes worldwide.”

“We are so pleased to work with Habitat for Humanity on this investment initiative,” said Shari Berenbach, president and CEO of Calvert Foundation. “For over a decade, Calvert Foundation has worked hard to show the world how powerful investment can be for helping nonprofits thrive and grow. The Habitat Investment Program will make a meaningful impact for families who need affordable housing.”

Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than one million people.

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