Shelterbox Canada

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

Charitable Reg. #: 84628 3208 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Results Reporting

Grade: A-

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #4

Avg. Compensation $57,367

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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, 10 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 sheltered 1,000 families with customized aid items.

Financial Review:

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, $0.66 go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $699k can cover 8.4 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.

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%
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
Cash flow from operations (255,755)(362,793)(28,623)
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.

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.

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