Loch Garten RSPB reserve. Speyside, Scotland. August 2007.

How is the RSPB funded?

Learn about how we get our funding, from tax awards to telephone and face-to-face fundraising.

All that we can achieve depends on people and especially on the time, commitment and financial support of our members and supporters.

Our funding

  • The RSPB is a charity with more than one million members. Young and old, urban and rural, from every corner of the UK, RSPB members volunteer thousands of hours working directly for birds and wildlife, and are the charity's biggest source of income. Together, they demonstrate a powerful and widespread commitment to birds and wildlife and the environment on which we all depend.
  • For the RSPB to succeed in reversing some of the catastrophic declines which have taken place in bird populations, we need to increase our income. The more funds and support we can secure, the more we can achieve for birds, wildlife and people.
  • The scale of our conservation success will depend on the continued generosity of our numerous supporters, including corporate partners, grant-making bodies such as Heritage Lottery Fund, charitable trusts and our members. We are grateful for all this support and are scrupulous in ensuring it is used effectively.
  • It has always been RSPB policy to hold low levels of financial reserves - we want to tackle today's conservation challenges today. We hold less than four months expenditure in reserve.
Collecting donations on the high street (collection tins): fundraising for the RSPB