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Fundraising and events support

How to put on great fundraising activities for the RNLI
Iolo Penri Jones

Discover useful resources for RNLI engagement volunteers. If you’re a shop, visits, or fundraising volunteer, find everything you need to help you in your role here.

Thank you so much for volunteering and helping to raise money for the RNLI - your efforts really do make a lifesaving difference. We know that a lot goes into fundraising, so we’re here to support you along the way. You’ll find helpful guides and resources throughout.

A photo of a group of RNLI crew, lifeguards, fundraisers, and supporters celebrating with Stormy Stan in front of an Atlantic lifeboat

Photo: Iolo Penri Jones

Plan your year

To support your annual programme of activity, you can download the One Crew Planner which is focused on five tried and tested engagement activities: Opening Hours, Mayday, RNLI Days, Collections and Christmas. It signposts lots of top tips, stories and resources to inspire and empower you to make this year your best year ever.

RNLI One Crew Planner - Printable - PDF 21.4MB

RNLI One Crew Planner - Spreads - PDF 21.3MB

A group of RNLI cheering volunteers at the London Marathon. The volunteers are smiling at the camera and are wearing bright orange RNLI lifeboats T-shirts.

Photo: RNLI/Harrison Bates

Fundraising guidance

To support you with your fundraising, we’ve created a series of guides. These include up-to-date guidance on fundraising topics such as auctions, lotteries and raffles, as well as useful how-to documents for organising collection boxes and working with corporates. You’ll find these guides on the RNLI Media Library, also known as the Source.

RNLI volunteers row and cycle 199 miles - one for each year since the RNLI was founded - and 238 miles - one for each lifeboat station in the UK and Ireland. Picture shows two volunteers on treadmills and one on a rowing machine wearing a Stormy Stan costume under an RNLI gazebo.

Photo: RNLI/Chris Winslade

Fundraising training

We’ve also created some useful training videos and presentations to cover the key elements of being an RNLI fundraising volunteer. Whether you’re a new volunteer and want an overview of the key information or simply want a refresher, then this is for you. You’ll find these fundraising training videos and presentations on our PageTiger website.

Event planning

Looking to organise a fundraising event? We have all the event resources you need to make it a success - from an event planner and risk assessment templates to general event guidance.

Registering your event

All RNLI fundraising events need to be registered. So please remember to contact your designated event volunteer who will register your event on your behalf.

RNLI fundraising volunteers setting up a cake sale stall outside a lifeboat station

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Ordering materials

From event posters to campaign materials, RNLI branches and fundraising teams can order resources online through the MyStore site to support community and fundraising events. If you don’t have a login, please get in touch with your volunteer manager or the Volunteer Experience Team to find out how best to place an order in your area.

An RNLI fundraiser standing behind a contactless payment machine

Photo: RNLI/Nathan Williams

Using contactless payment units

For contactless payment units, please contact your Community Manager. Use the resources below to help you use contactless payment units at your branch event.

Contactless payment unit guide for volunteers - PDF 377KB

Contactless payment FAQ for branches - PDF 173KB

Newquay Shop Volunteer Carol Hudson smiling, with boats on the water in the background.

RNLI/Nigel Millard

Engagement kit

We want to make sure you have the kit you need to support you in your engagement volunteer role. You will be able to find all the different kit available to our engagement volunteers, the criteria and how to order it. As well as this you will also find further information on our engagement polo shirts.

Still have questions?

If you need any more support or guidance, we’re always here to help. Contact your Community Manager or the Volunteer Experience Team at [email protected]. Or call 0300 300 9913 (from the UK), or 01 511 9835 (from Ireland).

Event resources guides

  • Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the RNLI, with a lifeboat in Trafalgar Square, London,  surrounded by members of the public wearing hats
    200th anniversary

    How will you mark the RNLI’s 200th anniversary? Share your love of the charity with an event of your choice. See our guide to all the specially branded materials available to promote and celebrate your 200th anniversary event.

    See the guide
  • A white lifeboat crew member with short brown hair and a moustache sits in full kit among flowers, with trees in the background
    Open Gardens

    Your guide to taking part in or running an RNLI Open Garden. Discover what you'll need and where to find it, and be inspired by people who’ve run their own Open Gardens.

    Open gardens guide
  • An RNLI fundraising volunteer, wearing a Mayday T-shirt, speaking to a member of the public while collecting donations.

    It’s time to paint the town yellow! Here’s your guide for running a Mayday fundraising event, which includes all the useful resources you’ll need, and where to find them.

    Mayday resources guide
  • There are crowds of people in and around Lymington Lifeboat Station on a bright, sunny day.
    Station Open Days
    Inspire members of the public by welcoming them in to your lifeboat station and giving them a closer look at how you do your lifesaving work.
    Station Open Days guide
  • Close up of a golf ball on a green beside the hole with a golfer visible in the background
    Golf Days

    Your guide to planning an RNLI Golf Day. Find everything you need to make your fundraiser a success on and off the fairway.

    Golf Days guide