Be a fundraising volunteer

Rally support, raise vital funds and smile, smile, smile as part of a local fundraising team!
RNLI fundraising volunteers in Edinburgh collecting for Mayday with buckets and smiles galore!

Photo: Rob McDougall

RNLI fundraising volunteers collecting for Mayday in Edinburgh

It cost £181.5m to run the RNLI in 2019 – that’s around £497,000 a day.

With 95% of our total income coming from donations, we rely on the generosity of our supporters to help us meet these costs and the dedication of our fundraising volunteers to help raise these essential funds.

Around 23,000 RNLI community fundraising volunteers across the UK and Ireland organise a wide range of activities and events that raise money to save lives at sea. 

This army of volunteers is made up of local fundraising groups, each supported by a community manager.

What’s in it for you?

As part of a local fundraising group in your community you’ll get to meet new people, learn new skills, improve your CV and best of all, have lots of fun.

We’ll provide you with all the necessary training and support to carry out your role effectively.

Some of our fundraising volunteers have been volunteering for many years, some just join us for a few months - whatever their commitments allow.

If you can’t make a regular commitment or prefer not to join a fundraising group, you can still help us to raise vital lifesaving funds through occasional volunteering at events and through organised collections.

Find a fundraising volunteer role for you

Here are just some of the volunteer roles available within an RNLI fundraising group.

  • Fundraising team member: help with fundraising activities, while having fun and making new friends.
  • Souvenir secretary: sell a range of RNLI souvenirs and gifts at local events.
  • Secretary: be the primary point of contact for the team and cascade information to team members.
  • Treasurer: be responsible for looking after the team’s money and accounts.
  • Chairperson: have overall responsibility for the team’s fundraising programme.

If you have any questions about volunteering for the RNLI, visit our FAQs page.

Still interested?

If you can't find a relevant role, contact your local community fundraising group to see if there are any other volunteering opportunities in your area.

What it’s like to be a fundraising volunteer

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