DISASTER RELIEF 2014 ANNUAL REPORT + DEPLOYMENT REVIEW
OUR VISION is of a world where everyone affected by disaster has access to shelter and the basic equipment they need to survive and live in dignity and safety.
OUR MISSION is to deliver humanitarian aid in the form of equipment and materials that provide shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural or other disasters worldwide.
OUR GOAL is to help 35,000 families who lose everything in a disaster every year.
Flooding in Bolivia
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Leadership Message Global Deployment Overview 2014 Deployment Highlights Closer Look: Typhoon Haiyan ShelterBox Aid Follow the Aid 2014 Financials Global Partners ShelterBox Champions The Power of Generosity
Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines
Leadership Message “Everything I owned is gone…”
Villager Laxmi Thopa, Nepal following flooding in 2014 Every year, disasters leave millions like Laxmi and her family homeless. Imagine having to piece together the basic essentials to keep your family safe after you’ve lost everything. Where will you find clean water? Where will the next meal come from? Where will your family stay? The hardship placed on families is unimaginable. Together, we’ve made a difference for more than 12,000 families in 2014. During the year, ShelterBox responded to 23 disasters worldwide. From flooding in Nepal and Malawi, to typhoons in the Philippines, ShelterBox and its volunteer response teams deployed where our unique solution was needed. I am continuously inspired by all who are involved with ShelterBox, from the families we serve to our supporters.
CHAIR John Keane
When our response team members return home, they share incredible stories of resilience and community. For example, in the Philippines, a police department volunteered to increase our response team’s capacity to deliver more tents. Later, we found that many in the police force had also lost their homes and never asked for assistance, believing that the equipment should go to those most affected first.
VICE CHAIR Theresa Mohan
Our response team volunteers are dedicated to delivering emergency shelter and supplies swiftly and ethically. They gave a staggering 55,000 hours of their time in 2014. In Nepal, response team volunteer David Hatcher had to trek 13 miles and wade through rivers in order to assist the rural community that Laxmi was from. Inevitably, the response team members are thanked regularly by the communities they serve, though each SRT will tell you that they are merely the delivery agent for our donors.
TREASURER Wayne Robinson SECRETARY Jim Carriere IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR Bill Decker
Mark Midyett Gary Olsen Jack Young
Without our donor network, ShelterBox would not be able to continue its vital work, as each contribution makes helping families like Laxmi’s possible. From the 8-year old who gave the contents of her piggy bank to ShelterBox to our corporate supporters; from our small yet dedicated staff to our volunteer network, each are part of the same team under the same mission. Each believe in easing the hardships families inevitably face in the wake of disaster - a job not possible without the collaborative effort of many. As we look forward to the future, our focus is to grow our capacity to allow us to consistently assist 35,000 families or more each year. We can only accomplish this with support both in times when major disasters are in the news and in times when lesser known disasters are not publicized. Some may say it takes a village, but we like to say, “it takes a team.” Thank you for being a part of it. Kind regards,
John Keane ShelterBox USA Board Chairman
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Countries or territories where ShelterBox has responded
Flooding and landslides
Flooding and conflict
DISASTER RELIEF Since 2000, ShelterBox has responded to 250 disasters in 92 countries/territories and helped provide emergency shelter to well over 1,000,000 people.
2014 Deployment Highlights NEPAL: FLOODING & LANDSLIDES Just over 500 ShelterBoxes were distributed. Pre-positioning equipment in Malaysia and Dubai allowed teams to deliver aid rapidly. With many communities cut off by damage to roads, bridges and other infrastructure, response team members had to resort to tractors, trucks and their own feet to reach villages. Teams navigated around landslides and through rivers to deliver emergency assistance to families in need.
PHILIPPINES: TYPHOON Over 9,650 families were helped via 1,685 ShelterBoxes, 6,123 tents, 1,664 transitional shelters,10,000 solar lights, 870 water filtration systems, 2,300 mosquito nets, 445 tool kits and 30 SchoolBoxes, which were distributed across many islands, including Bohol, Leyte, Bantayan, Panay, and Mindanao. More than 100 ShelterBox volunteers were deployed to deliver aid.
MALAYSIA: FLOODING In total, 766 tents and 149 ShelterBoxes were distributed in the northern state of Kelantan. Plus, 47 ShelterBoxes were distributed to remote communities in the state of Pahang.
Much of the aid was delivered via a series of several-hour boat journeys because of inaccessibility of roads.
Closer Look: Typhoon Haiyan
Courtesy of NASA
The photograph above was taken 10 days after Typhoon Haiyan. At the center is a mother named Marilou Morante. She is 37 and stands with her tiny two-week-old baby, wrapped in a blanket. To the right is the wreckage of her home with punches in the wooden walls and a gape in the crumpled tin roof. On the left, her new home, a ShelterBox tent. Only a week before the typhoon struck, Marilou had given birth to Xianiel. After the typhoon, she was finding life more than just uncomfortable in what remained of her home. Their kitchen, their only form of protection from the rain, flooded regularly from ground runoff. “Everything was wet” she recalls, “…not a single dry cloth.”
Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, is the strongest storm recorded at landfall and the deadliest Philippine typhoon recorded in modern history.
• 6,300 deaths • 4.1 million people displaced • 1.1 million houses damaged or completely destroyed
During a follow-up visit months later, she was asked which of the help she received was the most useful to her since the typhoon. ‘The tent’ she says, tears welling up. She begins to describe the feelings of suffering in the days and weeks after the typhoon. But with the arrival of the ShelterBox tent, they had somewhere comfortable where they could rest, sleep and stay dry. When her story is told this way, summing up eight months into a few words, we skip the details of life and daily routine. But Marilou had to endure each day, her family searching for enough money to survive, let alone to rebuild. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, Marilou had a place to live, to stay dry and keep her family safe through that difficult time.
ShelterBox Aid ShelterBox provides different types of aid and other emergency supplies such as durable tents, water filters, cook stoves, blankets, tool kits and Shelter Kits (pictured right), as well as complete ShelterBoxes (pictured below) that allow families to survive and rebuild their lives after being displaced from their homes following a disaster or humanitarian crisis. When sending ShelterBoxes, the contents are modified to suit the nature and location of each situation. Great care is taken to ensure each item is robust enough to be of lasting value. Shelter Kits offer effective tools and necessities for creating or securing emergency shelter from existing conditions. Kits work well in urban environments where space is limited.
Learn more at shelterboxusa.org/kit
Follow the Aid Response is determined feasible,
RAPID RESPONSE Our operations team monitors global disasters constantly. Aid is delivered by volunteersâ€”our incredible ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) who are trained to operate efficiently and effectively in the field. Our worldwide network of SRT members is a key component in our ability to respond immediately to disasters.
LOGISTICS We transport ShelterBoxes into disaster zones in the most efficient and effective way possible, by road, sea or air. We count on aid prepositioned in locations around the world so we can instantly respond as needed. Once in-country, SRTs work with community leaders, local authorities, relief agencies and other partners in the field to deliver aid to those who need it most.
transported to the site by any means,
POST-DISASTER We are committed to measuring and evaluating the impact of our work to improve the quality and effectiveness of our aid. Our evaluation process includes post-deployment monitoring missions and feedback from aid recipients.
ShelterBox aid is flown as close as possible,
DISTRIBUTING AID TO FAMILIES ShelterBoxes have been delivered by helicopters, trucks, donkey trains, camels and even on the backs of people. SRTs gather local information about those most affected by disaster so emergency aid can be channeled according to the greatest need. We prioritize the most vulnerable survivors and provide aid to them first.
and delivered to the people who need it most.
Our work is made possible through the generosity of donors around the world. 8
2014 Financials Income 12
# of Disaster Responses
10 8 6 4 2 0 2008
Youth 3% Civic and Other Groups 47%
INCOME AND EXPENSE TRENDS Individuals 31%
Income and expense volatility is a fact of life for disaster relief organizations. Although ShelterBox USA has made progress toward stabilizing its core income, it contends with significant peaks and troughs in both income and operational activity related to the disaster cycle. View all financial statements at
Businesses 9% General and Administrative 20%
Program Services 76%
Typhoons in Philippines
SHELTERBOX USA IS A 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION IN THE UNITED STATES AND REGISTERED IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA: EIN 20-0471604. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE (1-800-HELP-FLA OR WWW.800HELPFLA.COM). REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. GIFTS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW.
Global Partners ROTARY INTERNATIONAL The global support from the Rotary International network is the cornerstone on which ShelterBox is built. Since we were founded, we have grown from one clubâ€™s adopted project to Rotary Internationalâ€™s only Project Partner in disaster relief. Rotarians are often the first point of contact for ShelterBox Response Team members when they arrive in a country that has been devastated by a disaster. The awareness and fundraising efforts by Rotarians in the US and around the world make up a large share of donations received by ShelterBox. The relationship between ShelterBox and Rotary is of significant value.
shelterboxusa.org/rotary AID AGENCIES In order to maximize the timeliness, effectiveness and appropriateness of our response to humanitarian emergencies, we partner with a range of leading international relief agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Some of the agencies we have worked with include the United Nations, The UN Refugee Agency, UNICEF, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children, Oxfam, World Vision and the International Organization for Migration.
Flooding in Zimbabwe
ShelterBox Champions Allan Syphers Allan Syphers continues to raise funds and awareness for the charity and has been recognized for his efforts with a Presidential Service Award for the past three consecutive years. Since becoming an Ambassador in 2009, he has been responsible for raising funds to shelter nearly 200 families. Allan works with a variety of groups including Rotary Clubs, churches, schools and businesses. He helped to raise nearly $50,000 from his community, making him a top fundraiser of 2014. He has won the Ambassador of the Month award and is a member of the ShelterBox Hall of Fame (raised over $100,000).
Derek Locke Derek Locke is a member of the ShelterBox Response Teamâ€”a group of highly-trained volunteers who work in the field to deliver humanitarian aid to the families and communities made vulnerable following a disaster. Derek has deployed with ShelterBox following 11 disasters worldwide, including Turkey, Lebanon, Nigeria, Peru and the Philippines. Most recently, he was in the Philippines after the country was struck by Typhoon Haiyan, the largest storm ever to make landfall. Derek and his fellow team members were able to deliver aid that was life changing for nearly 9,650 vulnerable people.
Berg Productions + Karen Ramus Karen Ramus believes in giving back. Each year, her company, Berg Productions, puts on an Annual Good Earth Home, Garden and Living Show. Karen partnered with the Eugene Delta Rotary Club in Oregon to motivate them to fundraise for ShelterBox by offering to match up to $10,000 in donations received during the event. The group hit their goal in a single day and were able to raise $20,000 designated specifically to help those displaced due to the Syrian crisis â€“ a humanitarian crisis that has forced nine million people from their homes.
Rotary Club of Liberty Sunrise Every year the Rotary Club of Liberty Sunrise hosts an annual fundraising event. In 2014, the club agreed to focus on raising awareness about ShelterBox and to donate the proceeds to disaster survivors. The event was held at a local country club and featured a special dinner accompanied by 13-piece band. A ShelterBox volunteer set-up the tent and presented the message of shelter, warmth and dignity to the audience. The highlight of the night was the live auction which brought in nearly $18,000. These generous supporters raised $15,000 more than expected, making a huge impact for those who have lost everything.
Typhoons in Philippines
Flooding in Zimbabwe
Typhoons in Philippines
The Power of Generosity OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU We are committed to adhering to best practices, transparency, clarity and accountability in all fundraising activities, enabling you to give with confidence.
LASTING VALUE We are a lean organization that benefits from the tireless efforts of a strong and extensive support base of volunteers. We make every donation count and ensure it helps make the difference when disaster strikes.
CORPORATE FRIENDS Corporate partners make a crucial contribution to our work. There are many ways companies can support our work and every donation makes a lasting difference. The generosity of businesses that support us holds the power to save peopleâ€™s lives.
STRONG FOUNDATIONS We are grateful to all the trusts and foundations whose support helps us to respond instantly to disasters around the world. From local family trusts to large national foundations, every grant makes a difference. Grants from trusts and foundations help us to prepare for the next disaster, train volunteer response team members, teach young people about disasters, and expand our work globally.
THANK YOU! As an organization that runs on compassion and generosity, we are continually inspired by the support we receive as we deliver shelter, warmth and dignity around the world.
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shelterboxusa.org/donate Donations of any size can be made online, via mail, by calling 941.907.6036 or make a one-time $10 donation by texting SHELTER to 20222.
shelterboxusa.org/fundraise From organizing a read-a-thon to taking on mountain bike challenges, our volunteers find ways to turn their passions and hobbies into successful fundraisers that help disaster survivors worldwide.
shelterboxusa.org/volunteer From speakers or youth volunteers to the ShelterBox Response Team, our dedicated volunteers are people of all ages, from all walks of life, who actively engage their communities and organizations to support the ShelterBox mission.
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