Eton Action

Eton Action is an independent charity conceived and founded by Etonians to promote charitable activity and social responsibility among boys. Its activities consist primarily in raising money for charities other than Eton College itself. It is still run primarily by boys: an executive committee of boys governs the charity under the guidance of the chairman, secretary and treasurer, who are Masters. Trustees are drawn from current senior staff.

The Eton Action Community Fair, which usually takes place on the third Saturday in September along Common Lane in the heart of the College, is the largest fundraising event of the year.  The boys manage the day as stallholders, musicians, entertainers, gatekeepers, and carpark attendants, among many other roles. They are joined by more than 50 local charities as well as a range of artisan producers. Over 80 stalls provide visitors with a range of games and activities as well as food, drink, bric-a-brac and distinctive handicraft. Additional attractions include live music and an upmarket jumble sale in School Hall. 

Individual boys’ houses also run a variety of activities, which have in the past included cream teas, tours of the college, musical entertainments, and even a bouncy castle. The income from all these events is pooled and divided between charitable foundations and projects chosen by the committee and voted on by every boy in the school. In 2018, the Community Fair and RDOC's Fives, Squash and Rackets 24-hour Marathon raised a total of £41,074 which was divided between Family Friends, the NSPCC, Orchestras for All, Planting Promise, Workaid and Young Minds.

A second annual fundraising activity is the Eton Action ‘mufti day’ in November, on which boys and masters pay a small fee to attend school in informal dress. Once every two or three years there is another large-scale event; recent examples have included a swimathon, a squashathon and an organathon.

Occasionally, fund-raising events held outside Eton but organised by Etonians are administered by Eton Action: for example, a concert held in Hong Kong in 2016 raised £10,200 for Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal. 

Charities seeking Eton Action’s financial support must apply in writing (email is not an acceptable substitute) to the Treasurer, including details of their annual accounts. Confirmation will be sent only to successful applicants.

The contact address is: The Treasurer, Eton Action, Eton College, Windsor, Berks, SL4  6DW.