Philanthropy & Major Gifts
The RNLI offers a tailored service to meet your individual needs as a philanthropy supporter and to thank you for your generosity in the best way possible, for you and your friends and family.
Our services to philanthropy supporters
We work with our supporters to explain our organisational needs and to understand their individual needs as a donor.
Some donors are happy to contribute to running costs, or to make a gift and accept a written acknowledgement. Others prefer to work closely with us in building a personal link with a lifeboat station and meet the volunteers whose lifesaving work is only made possible through their gift.
We offer an individual service to each supporter. If you have chosen to fund a project, we will keep you updated on its progress, and arrange visits to ensure you can see the benefit of your gift in action.
Where possible, your relationship with us will always be through the same person. They will be on hand to answer your queries and ensure that your experience as an RNLI Philanthropy supporter is rewarding and exciting. We would be happy to meet with you at home, at your work, or at a lifeboat station to discuss your needs and to work with you so that we can develop a long term and mutually rewarding relationship.
Safety and prevention
Crew kit and training
Without essential training or kit, our volunteer crews could not save lives at sea. Only 1 in 10 crew members join the RNLI from a professional maritime background – your support will help us train ordinary people to do extraordinary things.
Every second matters when someone is in trouble close to the shore – having lifeguards on beaches to prevent and respond instantly to incidents, saves lives. Help us train and equip our lifeguards to keep a watchful eye over beaches around our coasts.
Shoreworks is the name given to our continuous programme of lifeboat station maintenance, modernisation and new building works. These projects are dedicated to keeping our properties and launching facilities fit-for-purpose, for as long as possible. You can make a lifesaving difference by helping to support these costs.
Thousands of people drown needlessly each year worldwide. We have the expertise to help change that. With your support, we can work harder to better understand the global problem and build the capacity of communities most at risk of drowning.
bespoke fundraising opportunities
On behalf of our volunteer crews, thank you for your consideration in supporting our lifesaving work.
We can create bespoke funding opportunities to meet your requirements. Our dedicated fundraisers would be more than happy to work with you and find a project to suit your needs.