Originally Posted by John Kennett
Unlike the £274,000 that the RNLI spends every day, relatively small amount of money can make a big difference to these independent organisations. In most cases every penny that is donated will go directly to providing the rescue service. Only 80% of the money donated to the RNLI goes to the operations budget, the remainder going on fundraising and admin.
So that's about £1200 per lifeboat station per day for a lifesaving capability up to 50 miles offshore anywhere off the coast of the UK or Republic of Ireland 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year - in all weather. Pretty good value I would say.
Interesting discussion, but unfortunate thread title which appears to create a division between the RNLI and all the others. I for one am prepared to be rescued by anyone no matter which organisation (if any) they belong to, I would just hope that they do it quickly! At the time I wouldn't even give a thought to whether they know what they are doing, that would only enter my head later when recovering and thinking 'what if......'
We should all give to whichever organisations we feel are relevant to ourselves. I give to the RNLI and although there are no independent lifeboats in my part of the world I have made donatoins to a couple in the Solent area.
The RNLI is not the wealthiest charity in the world as suggested in an earlier post, and not even the wealthiest in the UK. Its finances are broadly in line with other large national charities.
The National Trust raises about £150 million a year, and the NSPCC manages £100 million. The RSPCA gets through approx £84 million.
All hold substantial reserves and have seen the value of those reserves plummet as the stock market fell. They also saw them rise as the stock market rose in previous years. If 'gambling' of this nature offends you try finding out what has happened to the value of your pension fund or even the National Insurance Fund from which your state retirement pittance may be paid in the future.
I don't think that the RNLI was ever in danger of being de-registered as a result of having large reserves. From memory all charities have to justify their reserves policy to the Charity Commission as being in keeping with their type of operation. The RNLI did this. The RSPCA aim to hold a reserve of £60 million.
The World Wildlife Fund blow 15% of their expenditure on fundraising and a further 7% on administration. Similar figures to the RNLI. Rather than make a donation would I be making best use of my money by instead buying a tin of PAl and give it to my local stray dog? That would be 100% effective - no admin, no advertising. But hang on, I haven't taken the value of the tin in to account, so I'm not giving 100% value to the dog. Sausages, that's the answer. But maybe the nutritional value to the dog is less, so the tinned food would be better. Oh sod it. I'll just give the money to the WWF and let them worry about it
What else. The prototype lifeboat is a Tamar Class boat and will be the replacement for housed slipway Tynes.
I've run out of time to address some of the other points raised, but may do next time!
Lifeboat Operations Manager,
Peel, Isle of Man