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: B+

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

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #3

Avg. Compensation $45,338

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 2
< $40k 1
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About Shelterbox Canada:

ShelterBox Canada (SBC) is the Canadian affiliate of ShelterBox Trust, an international charity based in the United Kingdom that provides disaster relief. It provides shelter, warmth and basic supplies to support the communities affected by natural disasters. The Canadian branch is mainly responsible for raising funds for the UK-based charity and creating awareness of the disasters.  When a disaster strikes, ShelterBox sends teams to work with local and international authorities to provide immediate relief.

The boxes distributed by the teams contain basic supplies like tents, cooking supplies and blankets. SBC can customize each box according to the needs of the people. SBC has assisted in providing relief efforts to many countries, including the Philippines, Mexico and Nepal. In F2016, Shelterbox responded to 13 disasters and helped a total of 29,300 families, exceeding its target of 21,000. Shelterbox aims to help 30,000 families in F2017. To date, it has responded to over 285 disasters in over 100 countries.

Financial Review:

Shelterbox Canada is a medium-sized charity with donations of $1.2m in F2016. Its administrative costs were 5% of total revenues and its fundraising costs were 4% of donations. For every dollar donated, 91 cents go towards SBC’s programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. SBC has funding reserves of $1.3m, resulting in a program cost coverage ratio of 114%. This means that SBC can cover 1.1 years of annual program costs using its existing funding reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by ShelterBox Canada. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 8, 2017 by Kevin Silberberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.1%3.4%2.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 4.1%2.5%2.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 113.7%189.7%58.6%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,236,0481,413,8781,846,759
Investment income 9,7537,4446,197
Total revenues 1,245,8011,421,3221,852,956
Program costs 1,161,208715,0711,245,979
Administrative costs 62,60448,46646,582
Fundraising costs 50,61235,29349,388
Cash flow from operations (28,623)622,492511,007
Funding reserves 1,320,5351,356,232729,738
Note: Ci added unrealized gains (losses) to investment income, increasing revenues by $0 in F2016, ($35k) in F2015, and by $289k in F2014.

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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