Retail Charity Bonds

Allia created Retail Charity Bonds to enable charitable organisations to raise debt finance through bonds listed on London Stock Exchange. The platform was designed to reduce the transaction costs of issuing retail-eligible bonds, making it more affordable to connect with institutional and individual investors for amounts of £10 million or more.

Borrowers will be well-established charitable organisations that develop assets, generate revenue and create impact – including housing associations, care homes, universities and other major charities.

The bonds are issued by a special purpose vehicle, Retail Charity Bonds plc, set up solely for the purpose of issuing bonds on behalf of charitable organisations. The company has an independent board of directors who check that each borrower is suitable for a bond.

The funds raised through the bond issue are passed on to the charity as a loan from the issuing company. The charity pays interest on the loan, which is passed through to pay the interest on the bond, and will repay the loan at the end of the fixed term.

The platform was launched in 2014 with the first bond for Golden Lane Housing. The bond raised £11 million, closing early and oversubscribed. The funds have been used to buy and adapt around 30 properties, providing homes for over 100 people with a learning disability.

Further bonds have been issued for Hightown Housing Association (£27 million) and Charities Aid Foundation (£20 million).

If you are a charitable organisation and would like to find out more about raising finance through a Retail Charity Bond, please contact Allia Impact Finance on impactfinance@allia.org.uk