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Old 08 January 2012, 15:03   #11
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Funny that, as I was already a member.
When I "joined" the minimum monthly amount was around the 10 mark, so I was within the guidelines. There was no suggestion that this had changed or that the "membership" was at risk. They just wanted a bit more...

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Old 08 January 2012, 15:14   #12
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A friend of a friend (honest not just trying to distance myself) works for a company. Her full time job is to phone people who are already donating to charity on a regular basis, and ask them to donate more.
Her company does this for several very large (even International) charities. ( I have no idea if they do it for the RNLI, but I will ask. )
Effectively her salary comes from the increased donations, as the charity pay a fee for any increases they manage to secure.
Personally I find this extremely distasteful, and while I appreciate it must be difficult times for Charities and they need to be run in a business like manner, the sooner they learn not to bite the hand the feeds the better of they will be.

Sorry, rant over, calmed down, but yes I agree with you!

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Old 08 January 2012, 15:24   #13
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A friend of a friend (honest not just trying to distance myself) works for a company. Her full time job is to phone people who are already donating to charity on a regular basis, and ask them to donate more.
Her company does this for several very large (even International) charities. ( I have no idea if they do it for the RNLI, but I will ask. )
Effectively her salary comes from the increased donations, as the charity pay a fee for any increases they manage to secure.
Personally I find this extremely distasteful, and while I appreciate it must be difficult times for Charities and they need to be run in a business like manner, the sooner they learn not to bite the hand the feeds the better of they will be.

Sorry, rant over, calmed down, but yes I agree with you!

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Wow ... you must have fingers like a midwife to tap that lot out on a phone
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Old 08 January 2012, 16:23   #14
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Have been talking about charity with some friends and have Just been told that the rnli is the richest charity in the uk?
Now these guys do a great job when called upon but harassing people for donations is out of order
The RNLI is not the richest charity in the UK. The NT has about twice as much income and assets. Although a lot more of the NT income is from Charitable activities (entry fees/sales/teas I would imagine) where as the RNLI is mostly from donations. I don't know whether the NT is the biggest UK charity I just looked at income/assets on the Charity Commission Website starting with Macmillian, then the RSPB, then the NT

The RNLI spend 22mil on raising income (140mil) which seems a lot but as a percentage is a smaller than some other household name charities.

As others have said raising money for charities is big business but it still grates when they ask for more.
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Wow ... you must have fingers like a midwife to tap that lot out on a phone
, yeah it was a rant though, so didnt take long!!
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Spending most of my free time boating along the NE coast of France i try to donate on a regular basis to the French version of the RNLI, the SNSM. To give you an idea of the difference between the two (RNLI Vs SNSM) then just take a look at the SNSM's annual operating budget.....in 2011 it was a mere 21 million Euro's. That compared to the RNLI's budget of over 110 million pounds

Now obviously The UK has something like twice the coastline length as compared to France and therefore a larger network of stations but the difference in operating budgets is still seriously disproportional.
To be fair though It is widely belived in French boating circles that the SNSM is badly underfunded.

From personal experience, i Find the SNSM just as professional and reliable as the RNLI and the standards of maintenance and upkeep of their material is probably on par too.

So, although i would never complain that the RNLI recieve too much money, i would suggest that they may not be as hard-up as some people may believe them to be.


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Now obviously The UK has something like twice the coastline length as compared to France and therefore a larger network of stations
Not sure if thats the case anymore

How many is it weve been left with now guys ?
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Old 08 January 2012, 18:02   #18
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How many is it weve been left with now guys ?
Doesn't matter, the RNLI covers it all, even here.

or do you mean the CG? Are you on the "stuff" again? ;-)
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I'd have sent em a letter back saying be happy with what I give now or have nothing.

Regards the costs of running the RNLI I personally think the boats are hugely over spec'd and could be built for alot less than what they are.
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Regards the costs of running the RNLI I personally think the boats are hugely over spec'd and could be built for alot less than what they are.
As I said in my OP, I'm very cool with the whole Operations side of the RNLI and wouldn't change at thing - I'm a big fan. However, it's not my fault that HQ lost those dead grannies' money on the stock exchange - I'm giving what I want to give, that may increase at a point when I get a flippin' real boat

I think that I just felt it was, well, bad manners?
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