ShelterBox relies entirely on donations to make our work possible. About half of our funds comes direct from the UK public, the rest is raised by our international affiliates, of which ShelterBox Australia is one of many.
All ShelterBoxes are individually numbered. When an individual or group makes a donation to ShelterBox they will be given a specific box number that their donation has gone towards funding. Donors can then track their box and find out where in the world it has been sent.
Donors can track this information here
When disaster strikes, ShelterBox aims to get aid to the affected areas as fast as possible. That means we cannot wait for donations to come in but have to draw immediately on existing resources. We realise people sometimes hear about a disaster in the news and want their donation to go to that particular destination but by then our ShelterBoxes are often already on the way.
This means money raised following one disaster generally ends up being used to replenish stock ready for the next emergency – which could be in a completely different part of the world (we also respond to many major events that never make the headlines but are just as big a disaster for those affected).
ShelterBox has no political or religious affiliation. Our priority is to deliver shelter to the most needy following a disaster.