Fundraising ideas

However you choose to support us, you’re well on the way to fundraising success. Whether it’s a cake sale or a sponsored run, we can help you reach your fundraising goal. And if you’re looking for ideas, here’s some fundraising inspiration. 

Bake sales

Why not channel your inner Mary Berry and give your bake sale a theme? Nautical-themed bakes always go down a treat – you could decorate your cakes in lifeboat orange or lifeguard yellow, or ice on the RNLI flag. Remember to label anything with nuts, alcohol or animal products.

Coffee mornings and afternoon tea parties

Give your event a vintage or regional theme, influencing the décor, dress code and menu. If you’re serving food, check Food Standards Agency (UK) or Food Safety Authority of Ireland (Ireland) for hygiene tips and regulations.

Karaoke, gigs and quiz nights

Remember to sell tickets on the door and have collection buckets dotted around to encourage extra donations. You might also need a licence and insurance for a music event, especially if it’s late, on hired premises or involves alcohol.

Raffles, auctions and tombolas

Try asking friends, family and local businesses to donate prizes to help support your event. Remember to contact the RNLI Community Support Team before holding your event, and consider gambling restrictions as part of your planning.

Runs, swims, cycles and treks

Completing a Herculean task or challenge – like swimming the Channel or running a marathon – is a great way to generate publicity and get sponsored. Check out our tips for promoting your event. If you’re organising an event, check whether you need insurance and ensure that all participants are fit and prepared for the challenge.

Don't have the time to run your own event? Browse our events to find activities you can join in, from coffee mornings to quiz nights.