159 Jane Street, Office 2
Toronto, ON M6S 3Y8
Executive Director: Stephanie Christensen
Board Chair: Patricia Matthews

Charitable Reg. #:84628 3208 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 66 cents are available for programs.

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About Shelterbox Canada:

Registered under the global ShelterBox network since 2010, ShelterBox Canada (SBC) works to deliver aid to people who need it around the world. ShelterBox Trust in the UK is the ShelterBox headquarters and is where its operations team works. ShelterBox Canada focuses on fundraising and awareness on behalf of the UK headquarters. Out of the 120 volunteers across Canada, ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members work with the rest of the International Response Team.

ShelterBox responds to natural disasters by first understanding the impact of each emergency. Based on this analysis, it sends ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits with varied contents. ShelterBoxes can include solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, thermal blankets and cooking utensils. ShelterKits can include toolkits, ropes, and tarpaulins to make emergency shelters, repair buildings, or create new homes.

In F2018, ShelterBox responded to 17 crises in 16 countries, reaching about 175,000 people. In response to tropical storm Kai-Tak in the Philippines in 2017, ShelterBox helped 957 families. ShelterBox has responded to disasters in the Philippines 25 times in 13 years. This led to the formation of ShelterBox Operations Philippines which allows ShelterBox to store aid, leading to faster response times. After severe flooding in Peru in 2017, ShelterBox provided 1,000 families with customized aid items.

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Results and Impact

After ShelterBox’s response to the Cyclone Kai-Tak in the Philippines, 95% of survey respondents agreed that the tools and shelter items received helped them repair their homes. Additionally, 97% of respondents agreed that the ShelterBox aid helped them move to a new home. After the Mozambique Cyclone Dineo, 78% survey respondents said that they were better able to regain some normalcy. This allowed them to focus on other activities such as farming and other employment.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of ShelterBox’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given ShelterBox Canada an Average impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Average

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ShelterBox Canada is a ­­­­medium-sized charity, with total donations of $1.1m in F2018. Administrative costs are 14% of revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 20% of donations. For every dollar donated, 66 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $699k can cover 6.5 months of annual program costs.

­This charity report is an update that has been sent to ShelterBox Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on May 29, 2019 by Lauren Chin. Revised December 1 by Katie Khodawandi.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 14.2%17.9%16.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 19.7%10.1%4.1%
Total overhead spending 33.9%28.0%20.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 69.8%101.7%129.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,116,238968,3761,236,048
Investment income 7,4128,3989,753
Total revenues 1,123,650976,7741,245,801
Program costs 1,001,2761,068,1371,020,000
Administrative costs 158,531173,725203,812
Fundraising costs 219,59897,70550,612
Total spending 1,379,4051,339,5671,274,424
Cash flow from operations (255,755)(362,793)(28,623)
Capital spending 7701,2091,701
Funding reserves 698,9861,086,5121,320,535

Note: Ci gathered administrative and fundraising costs from the charity's T3010 filings and adjusted for amortization in administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. Compensation: $57,367

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

ShelterBox Canada operates under the terms of a Distribution Agreement with ShelterBox Trust (UK) that leverages their expertise for the delivery and distribution of aid. Under this agreement ShelterBox Canada retains control and direction of funds in accordance with CRA requirements for Canadian charities conducting activities outside of Canada. Funds restricted for the purchase and distribution of ShelterBox aid are paid to ShelterBox Trust once distribution of aid has been confirmed

ShelterBox also receives unrestricted donations and operating grants which can be applied to the organization's fundraising, marketing, administrative, or mission activities. At the end of FY 2016 the audited statement reports on the balance sheet Restricted net assets an amount of $1,053,327 which are restricted and held for purchase and distribution of ShelterBox aid in the following fiscal year. This holding of funds for the purchase of aid in the next fiscal year results in the percentage spent on program activity appearing low and expenses high in the current fiscal year. ShelterBox Canada has an operating reserve of $176,000.  

Our donations can drastically spike depending on what disasters happen during the year. While our total donations have decreased over the last three years, our baseline income has been steadily growing. Funds in 2014 were high due to Typhoon Haiyan and in 2015 due to the Nepal earthquakes.

Charity Contact

Website: www.shelterboxcanada.org
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