During 2010 it cost approx. £145,400,000 to run the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (approx. cost of £397,000 per day). For every £1 donated, around 78p is spent on the rescue service itself, which includes the cost of the crew, the boats and the station properties as well as sea safety and education, 19p is used for fundraising and 3p for support.
Any surplus of income over expenditure is held in the RNLI?s reserve fund, which is used to guarantee the RNLI?s boat building programme and other capital projects.