Charity Bonds are growing in popularity and so far £121 million has been raised by charities and social enterprises through 17 transactions.
Charity Bonds offer charities and social enterprises a new way to engage with a wide variety of social investors including individuals, foundations and institutions. Charities and social enterprises can then invest the funds raised in activities that will generate additional social impact and support their scale and long-term sustainability, as well as repaying the original investors.
What is a charity bond?
A Charity Bond is a tradable loan between a charity or social enterprise and a group of social investors. It will typically offer investors a fixed rate of interest. In return the charity borrows the investor’s money for a fixed period of time. The charities issuing the bond also commit to report on the social impact created through their work to investors.
Charities might consider using a Charity Bond as they are typically unsecured and may have fewer restrictions or covenants on the organisation's activities than banking facilities. They can also be a way to raise public awareness of the charity’s work and engage new supporters from different socio-economic groups.
For investors wishing to incorporate their social or ethical goals within their investment portfolios, Charity Bonds are often a preferred method for investment because they are simple, transparent and recognisable.