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How you give to us

Your gifts reach us in a number of different ways.

Whilst a large part of our income comes from supporters who donate to appeals when disasters strike, many choose to give us a regular gift, sign-up to our Book Club or take part in local event or challenges.

We work with fantastic corporate partners, and have strong relationships with trusts and foundations. 

We work with a global network of supporters, volunteers and partners, and we are incredibly proud to be official project partners with Rotary International and receive amazing support from Rotarians around the world. 



How we spend your money

Around 71p of every pound raised is used to give families a place to call home after disaster. The remaining 29p is invested to raise future vital funds so we can help more families around the world in desperate need of emergency shelter. 

We work this out in the same way as many charities in the UK, using financial results from the last three years to make sure events in any single year don’t have a distorting effect.  

Every disaster is different and that means each year differs depending on how, where and when we have supported families around the world. Taking a three-year average means we have a clearer picture of how we are performing. 

In 2018, we spent £11 million supporting disaster-hit families in their recovery with essential items like tents, tarpaulins, toolkits, solar lights, water filters and carriers, blankets, cooking sets and mosquito nets.

For more information, read our 2018 annual report.

Running Costs

Sometimes called ‘support and governance’, these are the costs involved in running a charity.

They are made up of essential activities that allow us to grow our support for disaster-affected families. They include things like: 

  • Safeguarding training, process and policies - making sure the families we support, as well as our staff, volunteers and supporters, are kept safe. 
  • Strong leadership and skilled teams - making sure we have specialist teams in place, as well as training and paying our staff. 
  • Technology and financial systems – helping us to work as quickly and efficiently as possible. 
  • A healthy and safe working environment - including things like insurance to protect our teams working in extreme environments. 

It is very important to invest in making sure we have these in place to allow us to continue to support more people. We are committed to keeping our governance and support costs as low as possible whilst also delivering the best possible emergency shelter support. 

In 2018, we spent £2 million on these activities. They represent 12% of our total spend last year. 

How your support makes a difference

“Everything has been useful, but the big box is the best. I keep many things inside it and I can lock it. In the early morning when everyone gets up, I roll the blankets up and put them in the box, it makes everything look clean and tidy.”

“See the place we are living, we do not have a proper shelter. So this is very useful and it suits us. We are very grateful for what we have received. Thank you for this.”

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Our Impact

Meet the people your support is helping

Read about how ShelterBox is providing the tools to help families start the process of their own recovery.

Annual reports

Learn about the way that ShelterBox is governed and read our annual reports.

About us

No family without shelter after disaster

We provide emergency shelter to families who have lost their home to disaster, enabling them to rebuild their lives.