Every Shelter Inc

Until Every Refugee creates home.

aka Every Shelter   |   Houston, TX   |
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Every Shelter Inc

EIN: 83-2501756


Our mission is to build localized refugee-aid ecosystems centered around the needs, preferences, & aspirations of refugees.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Scott Key

Main address

PO Box 30300

Houston, TX 77249 USA

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Subject area info

Individual liberties

Environmental and resource rights

Cultural rights

Economic justice

Ethnic and racial minority rights

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Population served info


Immigrants and migrants

Refugees and displaced people

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, over 100 million people are displaced. The World Bank predicts it will grow to over 240 million displaced and in need of shelter by 2051. At the same time duration of displacement is growing. Refugees will be displaced for over two decades.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Emergency Floor

Clean, dry flooring for refugees and displaced people.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

We repurpose the single-use plastic waste stream of billboard vinyl into more durable tarps for refugee and disaster relief, providing home protection with at least 6x the durability of the market alternative.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work


Certified Transparent 2022

Excellence in Giving

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Emergency Floor

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to build localized refugee-aid ecosystems centered around the needs, preferences, & aspirations of refugees.

1. Investing in our Ugandan Operations
2. Investing in Quality Human Resources
3. Achieving Financial Sustainability
4. Developing Systemic Influence

We are uniquely positioned as one of only two organizations to successfully scale a refugee shelter product. In the last two years we have laid the groundwork for billboard material collection, freight transportation and distribution after securing partnerships with large billboard companies in the US and East Africa. This means that our input costs are extremely low as these massive billboard companies are incentivized to recycle used billboards by donating them in kind to Every Shelter and our entrepreneurs. We are bringing together two words: refugee aid / development, and corporates seeking to achieve corporate sustainability goals. As leaders in this space, we believe we are uniquely primed to deliver market results for our entrepreneurs.

Product #1 - Emergency Floor: The Emergency Floor system, our first product, was launched with funding from USAID-DIV’s program and since has provided floors to over 10,800 refugees in and around Syria - one of the most challenging refugee contexts globally.
Product #2 - BasheBora: BasheBora (Slang for “Better Tarp”) is our Refugee-preferred tarp product made out of upcycled used billboard–a product that lasts far longer than the current standard humanitarian tarp. This product is what we will be making first in Uganda, and employing refugees to make to sell to other refugees.
Product #3 - US & Caribbean Tarps: Secured partnerships with billboard companies including Outfront, Clear Channel, and Lamar and with UberFreight and Emeruade Green to collect, transport, and repurpose to supply over 5700 households with emergency roof repair after natural disasters in the Third Coast region of the United states in 2020-2021. Worked with the same partnerships to provide repurposed billboard shelters to 550 households in Haiti after Hurricane Laura in August-September 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16.84 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.4 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Every Shelter Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Every Shelter Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Every Shelter Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$84,105 -$15,575 $141,840 $23,559
As % of expenses -26.9% -3.1% 33.4% 3.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$84,105 -$15,575 $141,840 $23,559
As % of expenses -26.9% -3.1% 33.4% 3.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $228,902 $494,441 $566,164 $700,585
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 116.0% 14.5% 23.7%
Program services revenue 65.8% 7.0% 1.4% 11.2%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 11.7% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 34.2% 93.0% 86.9% 88.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $313,007 $510,016 $424,324 $677,026
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 62.9% -16.8% 59.6%
Personnel 38.4% 36.8% 43.4% 37.9%
Professional fees 4.6% 2.1% 9.1% 4.7%
Occupancy 1.3% 1.5% 1.8% 1.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.9% 0.0% 25.5%
All other expenses 55.7% 58.7% 45.7% 30.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $313,007 $510,016 $424,324 $677,026
One month of savings $26,084 $42,501 $35,360 $56,419
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $339,091 $552,517 $459,684 $733,445

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.8 1.5 5.0 3.6
Months of cash and investments 1.8 1.5 5.0 3.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.8 0.7 4.9 3.5
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $46,155 $65,190 $176,420 $201,249
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 53.1% 2.3% 2.6%
Unrestricted net assets $46,155 $30,580 $172,420 $195,979
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $46,155 $30,580 $172,420 $195,979

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Scott Key

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Every Shelter Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Every Shelter Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

CEO Scott Key

Every Shelter

Judy Nyquist

Joe Meppelink

Admir Masic

Carly Seidewand Eppley

Sam Brisendine

Douglas Meikle

Emily Hornok

Scott Key

Emily Soltvedt

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable