200 - 2010 Winston Park Drive
Oakville, ON L6H 5R7
Executive Director: Stephanie Christensen
Board Chair: Marni Rabasso

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) 81 cents are available for programs.

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About ShelterBox Canada:

ShelterBox Canada is a 4-star charity. It is financially transparent and has reasonable overhead costs. Reserve funds of $528k can cover program costs for 4 months at current levels, indicating a need for funding. 

Beginning as a Rotary Club project in 2000 and then registered under the global ShelterBox network in 2010, ShelterBox Canada (SBC) provides emergency shelter and support to those in need around the world. It distributes aid by working with local partners and deploying teams to disaster areas. It also has a permanent team in the Philippines. 

ShelterBox responds to disasters by first understanding the specific needs of those affected by the emergency. Based on this analysis, it sends ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits to vulnerable people. 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. Both ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits are adapted for every disaster or region to best fit the community’s needs.

In F2022, ShelterBox Canada provided shelter and other emergency aid to over 291,000 people in 10 countries. After Super Typhoon Rai, it supported 100,000 people in the Philippines. It also helped 37,105 people in Far North Cameroon who are affected by ongoing violence. 

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Results and Impact

SBC reports that through its program, 18,300 lives were changed by Canadian donors in F2022. ShelterBox also conducts surveys to assess the impact of its shelter provision. In F2021, ShelterBox provided assistance to refugees in Cameroon. Ninety-seven percent of people surveyed in Cameroon said that support from ShelterBox benefited the wider community. Eighty-six percent of people said the mats that ShelterBox provided were often used for communal gatherings.

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 received $1.8m in donations in F2022, a 189% increase from donations of $634k in F2021. Of the $1.8m received in F2022, $817k (45%) came from Canadian Rotary Clubs. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 10% of donations. This means total overhead spending is 19%. For each dollar donated, 81 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

SBC paid $1.5m for the purchase and distribution of aid in F2022. ShelterBox Canada has reserve funds of $528k that can cover program costs for 4 months, indicating a need for funding. In F2020, ShelterBox Canada had accounts payable for ShelterBox aid of $225k. ShelterBox Canada paid these amounts in F2021 and has $0 in accounts payable for ShelterBox Aid in F2021 and $F2022. 

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

Updated on June 30, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.7%21.8%21.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 9.6%28.4%25.5%
Total overhead spending 19.3%50.1%46.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 35.7%139.8%146.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,834,761634,219751,846
Government funding 13,309126,55752,677
Investment income 8908716,004
Total revenues 1,848,960761,647810,527
Program costs - International 1,480,951370,487468,461
Administrative costs 179,444165,449170,687
Fundraising costs 176,305180,117192,040
Total spending 1,836,700716,053831,188
Cash flow from operations 12,26045,594(20,661)
Capital spending 7,6465920
Funding reserves 528,017517,854687,033

Note: Ci used ShelterBox Canada's T3010 filing for its administrative and fundraising costs as its audited financial statements do not report similar fundraising costs. Ci increased international program costs by $2k in F2022, $209 in F2021, and $0 in F2020 to reconcile the difference in reported expenses on the T3010 and audited financial statements. Ci backed out amortization from administrative costs. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 4

Avg. compensation: $64,293

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

From 2021:

ShelterBox Canada is committed to operating as efficiently as possible. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our fundraising revenue. While we have restricted spending on non-program costs as much as possible, our percentage of funds spent on aid is lower than our standard.

ShelterBox Canada directly purchases aid from our suppliers, which is then distributed by ShelterBox Trust (UK). 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 our aid suppliers, once the aid has been delivered to our warehouses. This means there is often a lag before the funds leave our account, this lag has been more pronounced as a result of COVID-19.

In these unprecedented times, ShelterBox Canada remains committed to ensuring no family is left without shelter after disaster. As the economy begins to recover, we will continue to spend our donors money responsibly and effectively, and to improve our ratios as soon as we are able.

Charity Contact

Website: www.shelterboxcanada.org
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