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AKA  ShelterBox
Lakewood Ranch, FL
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SHELTER BOX USA Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/30/2014: SHELTER BOX USA

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 10/17/2014: SHELTER BOX USA

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Also Known As: ShelterBox
Physical Address: Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 
EIN: 20-0471604
Web URL: www.shelterboxusa.org 
NTEE Category: M Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness and Relief
M20 Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services
P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
L Housing, Shelter
L40 Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels)
Ruling Year: 2004 


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Mission Statement

ShelterBox USA is an international disaster relief organization whose mission is to deliver humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises worldwide.

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Ms. Emily S. Sperling

Term:

Since Apr 2010

Profile:

Emily Sperling is the president of ShelterBox USA, Inc., a position she has held since March 2011. Since joining ShelterBox in April 2010 as director of operations, Emily has provided important leadership to the U.S. affiliate of the rapidly growing international disaster relief organization. ShelterBox instantly responds to natural or other disasters by providing shelter, warmth and dignity to survivors worldwide. Prior to joining ShelterBox, Emily garnered extensive experience in communications, business development, fundraising and investor relations. She has served as the Community Relations Director for the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, the Director of Student Recruitment and Alumni Affairs for the University of Florida's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, as well as the Executive Director of the previously named college's alumni and friends organization, and Manager of Communications and Member Services for the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Food and Resource Economics and a Master of Arts in Mass Communications, both earned from the University of Florida.She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including an official citation from the Massachusetts State Senate and being named Biz941 magazine's ""Best Boss"" in 2012 and Top 20 People to Watch in 2008.

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Programs

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Budget:
$1,233,600
Category:
Public Safety, Disaster Services, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

This is ShelterBox's primary ongoing program in which volunteer response teams deliver emergency tented shelter and other life-saving supplies to people made homeless by disasters around the world. Volunteer response teams work with international governments, an extended network of volunteers, and recognized aid agencies to distribute supplies to the world's most vulnerable families, providing them with dignity and hope following a disaster.

Program Long-Term Success:

This ongoing program has provided shelter, warmth and dignity for more than a million people in over 80 countries since 2000. More than 120,000 boxes have been sent to disaster survivors as a result of ShelterBox and its international affiliates around the world. ShelterBox USA's goal is to help 50,000 families affected by disaster every year and establish a surge capacity to shelter up to 100,000 families in times of major crises.

Program Short-Term Success:

ShelterBox is prepared to respond immediately following disaster and will deliver aid to families in need, wherever, whenever it's needed. During the fiscal year ending 2012, ShelterBox delivered emergency tented shelter and other supplies to aid disaster survivors—providing nearly 27,000 families following 26 disasters in 22 countries with shelter, access to clean water, and hope to rebuild their lives. This includes families affected by tropical storms and flooding in the Philippines, massive flooding in Pakistan and Peru, earthquake in Italy, and drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

Program Success Monitored by:

ShelterBox International operations team and ShelterBox USA Board of Directors

Program Success Examples:

In 12 years, ShelterBox has provided emergency shelter to over a million disaster survivors around the world. Visit www.youtube.com/shelterboxus to hear more from families who received aid from ShelterBox.
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ShelterBox USA is one of the largest affiliates of the ShelterBox international network. During the fiscal year ending 2013, ShelterBox delivered emergency tented shelter and other supplies to aid disaster survivors—responding to 25 disasters in 19 countries with shelter, access to clean water, and hope to rebuild their lives. This includes families affected by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and ongoing conflict that is displacing families in and around Syria. In addition to complete boxes of aid, which include a high-quality disaster relief tent, cook-stove, water filtration system, blankets, and other tools sent to families around the world, ShelterBox also provides moquito nets, children's activity packs, winterized aid, shelter repair kits and other essential aid for families. To support organizational goals, ShelterBox USA will focus on the following major strategic areas:* Achieve financial stability and grow capacity;* Grow a highly-trained and motivated volunteer corps;* Build awareness of ShelterBox in the United States; and* Increase operational effectiveness and enhance governance.
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