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 Jim Carriere
Board Chair Affiliation First Federal of San Rafael
General Info
Organization DBA
ShelterBox USA, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
ShelterBox USA IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement

ShelterBox USA is one of the largest affiliates of the ShelterBox International network. In 2016, ShelterBox delivered emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to disaster survivors — responding to 14 disasters serving over 149,000 people around the world. This includes families affected by calamities such as: an earthquake in Ecuador, cyclone in Fiji, flooding in Paraguay, 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.



1.  Deployment Essentials - Provides support for all costs associated with ShelterBox worldwide deployments, including but not limited to: lifesaving equipment, response teams, transportation and collaboration with local or international partners.
2.  Where ShelterBox Needs It Most - Provides support for ShelterBox’s most pressing needs which include but are not limited to: deployments, administration and emergencies.
3.  The Syrian Refugee Crisis - Provides direct support to all costs associated with the ongoing response within Syria and other affected countries/territories, including but not limited to: lifesaving equipment, response teams, transportation and collaboration with local or international partners.



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.

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.

In 2002, 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

Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter and other lifesaving supplies to more than 1.1 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world who have been displaced by natural disasters or conflict.

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 pre-positioning 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 5
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
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
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 No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Jim Carriere
Company Affiliation First Federal of San Rafael
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Jim Carriere Senior Vice President & COO - First Federal of San Rafael
Bill Decker President and COO - The Hub, LLC
Katherine Fick Privacy Counsel, IBM Corporation
Bruce Heller President - JaRyCo Development, LLC
John Keane Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group
Greg Krauska President, The Change Agent Group
Mark Midyett Realtor - Keller Williams
Theresa Mohan Novitex
Marlise Skinner CFO, Gulf Stream Marine, Inc
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 3
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 82
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% 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
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $5,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,510,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,432,303$3,821,413$2,069,162
Administration Expense$498,771$400,541$549,179
Fundraising Expense$270,853$237,305$105,548
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.180.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%86%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%5%4%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$2,272,869$2,242,128$1,441,339
Current Assets$2,260,418$2,236,502$1,432,321
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$357,705$23,869$15,061
Total Net Assets$1,915,164$2,218,259$1,426,278
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,895,258Contributions, gifts, grants $5,250,708Contributions, gifts, grants $2,384,590
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Income $3,309In-Kind Contributions $663Investment Income $28
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $2650 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $150,001 - $175,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.3293.7095.10
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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 34240
Phone 941 907-6036