Shelter Box USA
7359 Merchant Court
Lakewood Ranch FL 34240
ShelterBox USA is an international disaster relief charity whose mission is to deliver humanitarian relief in the form of life saving equipment that brings shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and crises worldwide.
CEO/Executive Director Kerri Murray
Board Chair John Keane
Board Chair Affiliation Crum & Forster
General Info
Organization DBA
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2017
State Registration Yes May 2016
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $3,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,076,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
ShelterBox USA IRS Determination LetterView
Other Documents
ShelterBox USA Annual ReportView
Impact Statement

ShelterBox USA is one of the largest affiliates of the ShelterBox International network. In 2015, ShelterBox delivered emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to disaster survivors — responding to 20 disasters in 18 countries.  This includes families affected by calamities such as: earthquakes in Nepal, simultaneous volcano and flooding in Chile, typhoon in Vanuatu, and the ongoing conflict and subsequent displacement of families in Syria and surrounding countries.  In addition to complete boxes of aid, which include a high-quality disaster relief tent, water filtration system, blankets, solar lights and tools, ShelterBox also provides mosquito nets, children's activity packs, winterized aid, shelter repair kits and other essential aid for families. 

To support organizational goals, ShelterBox USA will focus on the following major strategic areas:

• Achieve financial stability and grow capacity;
• Grow a highly-trained and motivated volunteer corps;
• Build awareness of ShelterBox in the United States; and
• Increase operational effectiveness and enhance governance. 

Needs Statement

ShelterBoxes and other life-saving equipment are supported by generous donors from around the world. Without their support, ShelterBox would not be able to deliver aid to the world’s most vulnerable families.


The ShelterBox Solution Fund: Gifts to this fund are used to procure and send all types of equipment and supplies that ShelterBox delivers, ensuring the most vital aid is sent wherever, whenever it’s needed, whether the need is for a ShelterBox or specific supplies depending on the disaster.

ShelterBoxes: Gifts of all sizes are accepted, but a gift of $1,000 (USD) supports a complete ShelterBox. Through the ShelterBox website, donors can track the unique number assigned to their box and learn where it was sent.

Donations can also to support Essential Administration, the Volunteer Program, the Youth Program or Where the Organization Needs it Most to ensure a gift is applied to the most pressing need.


In addition to donations, ShelterBox USA also needs volunteers to help raise awareness and funds for its mission. Volunteers include both adult and youth Ambassadors who speak on behalf of ShelterBox and launch initiatives in their communities to raise awareness and funds for ShelterBox’s disaster relief efforts, as well as ShelterBox Response Team volunteers who deliver aid to families in the field.
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Background Statement

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity dedicated to providing humanitarian aid in the form of shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises worldwide.

Fifteen years ago, ShelterBox was born from a quest to provide a compact, universal tool kit to families displaced by disasters. ShelterBox would afford dignity, self-sufficiency and most importantly, human survival in the chaos following earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, floods or other disasters.

The top priority of many aid organizations is to provide food, water and medical care to help people survive the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Without protection from the elements, survivors are at a higher risk as they await nourishment or medical attention. Little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help survivors through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. In response, ShelterBox developed a solution to help disaster survivors during the critical period following a disaster but preceding reconstruction.

ShelterBox Response Teams and ShelterBox aid are often first on the scene, working side-by-side with international governments, other aid organizations and an extended network of volunteers. After more than a decade of cultivating on-the-ground expertise and a global network, ShelterBox is now considered among the top disaster relief organizations in the world and is the leading provider of shelter-based emergency disaster relief.

ShelterBox’s mission is one for which there is no cure and no final resolution. We measure progress by the numbers of hearts and hands that reach out across geographic, cultural and political boundaries to help the suffering in times of greatest need. Today, more than one million people have been helped by the ShelterBox solution. 

Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments


Service Categories
Primary Org Type Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
Secondary Org Type Human Services
Tertiary Org Type Housing, Shelter
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Every day, somewhere in the world, thousands of families whose lives are torn apart by natural and other disasters are in desperate need of emergency shelter, basic living essentials and comfort. Displaced from their homes—by flood, famine, drought, earthquake, tsunami or conflict—families are living out in the open or under inadequate shelter. Then ShelterBox arrives, delivering shelter, warmth and dignity.

Through the generosity of donors and work of dedicated volunteers and staff, ShelterBox USA and 18 other ShelterBox affiliates around the globe provide a semblance of home as disaster survivors rebuild their communities and their lives. Since 2000, ShelterBox and its affiliates have worked in tandem to help more than one million people.

Flooding in Thailand, tsunami in the Philippines or devastating earthquakes in Nepal—whatever the disaster, ShelterBox has responded with tents, water filtration and other essential equipment.

Through prudent management of assets, careful stewardship of donors’ contributions, heavy utilization of volunteers, and development of partnerships, both abroad and at home, we have positioned our organization to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice.

Globally, ShelterBox has partnered with organizations, including the French Red Cross, IOM, Oxfam, ACTED and Save the Children. These partnerships aim to improve the efficiency by which we deploy aid and often result in our ability to deliver more aid, more quickly to those who need it most.

Nationally, we continue to experience strong support for our mission from service organizations, including Rotary International. Our volunteer program provides the organization with a ready reserve of people who serve on disaster response teams, speak to groups to generate support, and launch creative fundraising projects, ultimately allowing ShelterBox USA to operate with minimal administrative costs.

In that pursuit, we turn our focus to procuring and prepositioning aid around the world, ensuring our ability to immediately respond to disasters of any size and scope. We are honored by the growing number of individuals, groups and corporations across America that share this vision and are stepping up to support ShelterBox’s work through financial contributions.

We choose to serve ShelterBox USA because we wanted to make a tangible impact on the lives of people facing their most dire hour of need. We wanted to contribute to an efficient organization with a very focused mission that did not duplicate services provided by others. And we wanted to serve with the finest staff and volunteers in the world.

We found all these qualities at ShelterBox USA and thank our supporters for making our work possible.

This is ShelterBox's primary ongoing program in which volunteer response teams deliver emergency tented shelter and other life-saving supplies to people made homeless by disasters around the world.
Volunteer response teams work with international governments, an extended network of volunteers, and recognized aid agencies to distribute supplies to the world's most vulnerable families, providing them with dignity and hope following a disaster.
Budget $1,233,600
Category Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other Disaster Relief/Recovery
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) US& International
Short Term Success ShelterBox is prepared to respond immediately following disaster and will deliver aid to families in need, wherever, whenever it's needed. During the fiscal year ending 2012, ShelterBox delivered emergency tented shelter and other supplies to aid disaster survivors—providing nearly 27,000 families following 26 disasters in 22 countries with shelter, access to clean water, and hope to rebuild their lives.  This includes families affected by tropical storms and flooding in the Philippines, massive flooding in Pakistan and Peru, earthquake in Italy, and drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.
Long Term Success This ongoing program has provided shelter, warmth and dignity for more than a million people in over 80 countries since 2000. More than 120,000 boxes have been sent to disaster survivors as a result of ShelterBox and its international affiliates around the world. ShelterBox USA's goal is to help 50,000 families affected by disaster every year and establish a surge capacity to shelter up to 100,000 families in times of major crises.
Program Success Monitoring
ShelterBox International operations team and ShelterBox USA Board of Directors
Program Success Examples

In 12 years, ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter to over a million disaster survivors around the world. Visit to hear more from families who received aid from ShelterBox.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Kerri Murray
CEO Term Start Nov 2015
CEO/Executive Director Email

Murray, a veteran nonprofit and corporate executive who has specialized in global health initiatives, brings nearly two decades of experience to the organization.  

Murray was formerly the Vice President at Direct Relief where she led development, communications, and marketing since 2010. Murray has deep experience delivering high-growth in the business and nonprofit sectors, including 13-years at GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Shelley Brooks Director of Finance & Administration
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 75
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 400
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Globally, ShelterBox has partnered with other organizations, including the French Red Cross, IOM, Oxfam, UNHCR, UNICEF and Save the Children. These partnerships aim to improve the efficiency by which we deploy aid and often result in our ability to deliver more aid, more quickly to those who need it most. Nationally, we partner with organizations such as Rotary International, InterAction and the Clinton Global Initiative. We also have partnerships with Boy Scouts of America and Youth Service America to engage youth in global citizenship and disaster relief awareness.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Charity Navigator
Awards & Recognition
International Organization of the YearThe Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce2014
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2013
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair John Keane
Company Affiliation Crum & Forster
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Jim Carriere Federal Savings and Loan Association of San Rafael
Bill Decker The Hub, LLC
Bruce Heller JaRyCo Development
John Keane Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group
Mark Midyett Keller Williams
Theresa Mohan IBM
Gary Olsen Olsen & Architects
Louis Turpin Architect/Humanitarian
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 78
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $3,000,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,076,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,821,413$2,069,162$2,593,616
Administration Expense$400,541$549,179$532,288
Fundraising Expense$237,305$105,548$158,309
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.180.881.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%76%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%4%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,242,128$1,441,339$1,779,173
Current Assets$2,236,502$1,432,321$1,777,867
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$23,869$15,061$13,624
Total Net Assets$2,218,259$1,426,278$1,765,549
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $5,250,708Contributions, gifts, grants $2,384,590Contributions, gifts, grants $4,330,017
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind Contributions $663Investment Income $28Investment Income $30
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities93.7095.10130.50
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile. During 2012 Shelter Box changed its tax year end from June 30 to December 31.  Accordingly they filed a short period tax return covering July 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012 to make them a calendar year filer going forward.For 2015, page 9 (Statement of Revenue) is missing from their Federal 990; accordingly revenue was taken from their audited financial statements.  The value of in-kind contributions is included in revenue in their audited financial statements.
Nonprofit Shelter Box USA
Address 7359 Merchant Court
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Phone 941 907-6036