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ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and other essential items to families who have lost their homes to disasters. With operational headquarters in Cornwall, the charity also has 13 affiliate organizations worldwide, with the USA affiliate being located in Santa Barbara, CA. The charity has been Rotary International’s project partner in disaster relief since 2012.

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ShelterBox USA Responds to Hurricane Beryl

The Caribbean

Santa Barbara – ShelterBox response team workers will deliver aid to displaced people on the Grenada islands of Carriacou and Petite Martinique where most buildings, including homes and schools, have been damaged or destroyed. ShelterBox will send in life-saving supplies already stored in the region, including emergency relief tents, cooking sets, solar lights and mosquito nets.  


Leader with Tesla, non-profit experience is new ShelterBox COO

Leader with Tesla, non-profit experience is new ShelterBox COO

ShelterBox ambassador running nearly 70 miles for disaster relief

Alaska resident, Jane Lanford, is running nearly 70 miles over the infamous American Summit to raise awareness and funds for ShelterBox.

Three generations of women embark on hike for disaster relief

Three generations of women from a Wisconsin family will hike Yosemite for ShelterBox USA.

ShelterBox Launches Tropical Cyclone Freddy Response

ShelterBox is responding to Tropical Cyclone Freddy.

Climate Crisis Will Destroy 167 Million Homes in 20 Years

Peer-reviewed ShelterBox study shows that if extreme weather events continue to increase at current rates, we face losing 8.35 million homes a year between now and 2040. That’s 167 million homes – the equivalent of all homes in the UK wiped out six times or all of the homes in the US.

2 Million People Supported

ShelterBox has surpassed providing support to 2 million people as of April 2021. The disaster relief organization was founded in 2000. The organization was nominated in 2018 and 2019 for the Nobel Peace Prize in acknowledgement of its work in some of the world’s most extreme conflict zones.

10 Years of Conflict in Syria

As a tragic milestone in the Syrian conflict is reached, ShelterBox calls on all parties to prioritize the civilians of Syria.


ShelterBox is preparing emergency shelter supplies, solar lights and other essentials in the Philippines, after the latest in a series of violent storms ripped through the country.

Climbing for A Cause Halfway Point: Supporting Refugees During the Global Pandemic

Brittney Woodrum hiked all 58 of Colorado’s Fourteen Thousand Foot Peaks with an iconic ShelterBox on her back. Her incredible trek raised over $40,000.

ShelterBox welcomes New Staff and moves Headquarters to Santa Barbara

SB USA welcomes Robyn Laguette-Rivera as our new Chief Financial Administrative Officer (CFAO) and Stephen Masterson as a new Board Member.

1st ShelterBox Artist Ambassador

Top 40 Billboard Recording Artist becomes Artist Ambassador of ShelterBox USA

Pride - A Statement from Sanj Srikanthan

We put families first, but we do not seek to hold to one definition of what a family is

20th Anniversary Celebration Highlights

On February 14th, ShelterBox celebrated 20 years of providing life-saving shelter to families displaced by disaster by recognizing the volunteers who have made it possible.

A Statement from Sanj Srikanthan

As a global disaster relief organization rooted in the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, and impartiality, we believe black lives matter and all should be treated equally and humanely.

Our Operational Partners

Working in partnerships is in our DNA. We have always focused on building lasting relationships and powerful partnerships so we can support the people who need us in a way that is right for them.

Families face 'crisis within a crisis' due to threat of COVID-19

ShelterBox has launched an urgent Coronavirus Appeal to provide emergency shelter to vulnerable families in places like Syria to help communities protect themselves from the disease.

Working with Congress to Pass the Global Fragility Act

ShelterBox USA has joined over 50 international humanitarian, peacebuilding, development, and human rights organizations in endorsing the H.R 1580 and S. 727, the Global Fragility Act of 2019.

Student Ambassador Climbs 58 Mountains for Shelter

Bert Woodrum’s mission to climb 58 mountain peaks for ShelterBox USA

Sell a House, Give a Home

At ShelterBox, we’re transforming despair into hope by providing displaced families with emergency shelter and tools enabling them to rebuild their homes and transform their lives after disaster.

Sell a House Press Release

As a member of ShelterBox’s Give a Home program, every time you sell a home, you’ll make a donation to ShelterBox that will provide emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families who have lost their homes and belongings to disaster or conflict.

Statement on Syrian Conflict

It is a failure on all sides to allow Syria to suffer on this scale. The great shame of the last decade is now entering a new level of human suffering. Governments worldwide must be held to account, to end the Syrian conflict now. This is the biggest displacement since the Second World War.

Coronavirus Statement from Sanj

“It’s not over until it’s over everywhere.”

Santa Barbara Event 2019

ShelterBox USA raised more than $150,000 at their third annual event, “An Evening to Experience ShelterBox”

2019 ‘Best Lantern for Backpacking’ Helps Protect Survivors of Disaster and Conflict

LuminAID and ShelterBox partnership gives light and hope to people displaced around the world

Shelterbox Experience Seattle

The evening was an immersive experience allowing attendees to directly engage with the life-saving work of our organization.

The exhibition showcased the global efforts of designers seeking to answer the questions of they might transform lives throughout the world, act as a catalyst for change, expand access, and include those who have been excluded.

4 Stars From Charity Navigator

For the second year in a row, ShelterBox USA earned a 4-star rating for demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Shelterbox exhibits at Bonnaroo Music Fest

ShelterBox USA was one of 20 nonprofits selected to exhibit at the 2018 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Canoeing the Mississippi River

To provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes after disaster or fled because of civil conflict, Erik Elsea of Cape Coral, Fla. solo paddled the entire length of the Mississippi River this summer to raise funds for ShelterBox USA.

ShelterBox Grants to Harvey Relief Fund

To support the unmet shelter and housing needs of people affected by Hurricane Harvey, which damaged more than 200,000 homes in Texas last August, disaster relief nonprofit ShelterBox USA provided a $250,000 grant to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund (HHRF)

New operation base established

Disaster relief agency ShelterBox has set up a new operations base in the Philippines to improve ability to respond to regional storms

A Royal Visit to ShelterBox

A reception at Clarence House in London on Feb. 8 hosted by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity of which Her Royal Highness became President in 2007.

Movie Screening with ShelterBox USA

How Syria’s First Oscar Contender Eluded the Government

ShelterBox Rings the Opening Bell

SB USA President Kerri Murray was part of the Opening Bell Ceremony on Nov. 28, 2017 at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square as part of #GivingTuesday, an annual global day of giving which began in 2012 as a response to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

An Evening with ShelterBox USA

ShelterBox USA raised more than $225,000 at their second annual event, “An Evening to Experience ShelterBox,” held Sept. 20, 2018

Shelter-In-Shelter response in Texas

At a shelter in Crosby, Texas, Shelter Box distributed tents for displaced families, half of whose homes washed away in the hurricane. Many of these vulnerable families have young children and are living in a shelter set up at the American Legion Club.

ShelterBox USA joins FEMA event

International disaster relief nonprofit ShelterBox USA called upon by FEMA to explore a partnership based in disaster preparedness

HRH, The Duchess of Cornwall

A Visit to ShelterBox UK headquarters from Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall

Judi Dench Endorses work of ShelterBox

I support ShelterBox and the crucial work they do all over the world helping families who have lost everything.

Shelter and togetherness are stepping stones to recovery. If you are able, please give what you can.

Hall of Fame Volunteers

ShelterBox Hall of Fame recognizes Ambassadors who have raised more than $100,000 to support ShelterBox efforts globally.

Survivorman Les Stroud joins ShelterBox

Survivorman, Les Stroud, has been a ShelterBox Celebrity Ambassador since February 2013, raising awareness of ShelterBox’s effort to assist families affected by conflict and natural disaster around the world.

Santa Barbara Event 2017

More than 250 people attended the event, hosted at the home of supporter John McGovern. The event committee included singer songwriter Kenny Loggins, Martin + Kerrilee Gore, Joel Weiss, Roger Bower, Bernadette Bagley, Erin Spence, and Max Drucker + Jen Smithwick.

Damian Lewis Endorses ShelterBox's work

We cannot fail these families.’ – Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Damian Lewis supports ShelterBox’s preparations for Mosul

SB on Shark Tank Via partner LuminAID

Shark Tank viewers received a LuminAID update after the inflatable solar light invention made its debut on the investment reality show in 2015.

The segment showed how lights are used on the front lines of disaster situations, with the founders traveling with ShelterBox to Malawi, where the 2015 flooding ravaged the country and displaced hundreds of thousands.

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