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How we work

ShelterBox is a registered charity; charity number 1096479 and it also operates as a company limited by guarantee, company number 04612652.

ShelterBox's ultimate decision making authority is its board of trustees, which has full legal responsibility for running of the charity.

The trustees act as the directors of the company for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006. Trustees are appointed in light of their commitment to ShelterBox and their experience and skills which enable them to undertake the responsibilities of trusteeship of a large and complex charity.

The board meets at least four times a year and designated members of the executive team attend these meetings as non-voting observers to advise and inform the board.

The board has a number of committees that can also include senior staff members, co-opted individuals and consultants as well as trustees. These committees have specific areas of responsibilities and will provide recommendations within their specified areas for board consideration and approval:

  • Audit, risk and compliance
  • Finance and fundraising
  • Operations

Annual Reports

Read our previous annual reports:

Annual report 2013

In this year, conflict in Syria continued to grow, and Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, leaving millions without homes - download report (PDF, 2.7MB)

Annual report 2014

2014 was dominated by our response to Typhoon Haiyan, but we also helped communities after 27 other disasters - download report (PDF, 18MB)

Annual report 2015

In 2015, we supported almost 30,000 families in situations as varied as Nepal, Syria and Vanuatu - download report (PDF, 2MB)

Annual report 2016 

2016 marked the start of a new 10-year, strategy to grow our charity and reach even more vulnerable families. - download report (PDF, 2MB) 

Annual report 2017

In 2017, we focused on transformation. We’re two years into our ten-year strategy to transform our charity and help one million people a year by 2025. - download report (PDF, 1.9MB) 

Capacity statement

The ShelterBox Capacity Statement sums up our work in one neat document. 

It covers our unique methodology, our experience in implementing disaster relief activities, our partnership work, our operations and governance and monitoring and evaluation.

A Theory of Change

We are experts in shelter and we know that shelter means so much more than tents and tarpaulin.

Shelter is a process of recovery that is owned and undertaken by families who have been affected by disasters and conflicts.

ShelterBox’s operational Theory of Change provides a powerful lens for us to ask ourselves simple but important questions about what we are doing and why.

It informs our intervention planning and implementation, building on our 18 years of experience providing shelter in a range of disaster and humanitarian contexts around the world.

Read more about our Theory of Change here.