Shelter For Life International Inc.

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Summary

Shelter For Life International (SFL) is an international faith-based relief and development organization with over 30 years of experience in providing sustainable development and humanitarian assistance to post-conflict countries around the world.

We believe that sustainable communities are built through the shared involvement of local people who are empowered to be an integral part of the rebuilding process. With this grassroots approach, SFL enables people devastated by conflict and disaster to become part of the solution.

We strive to be socially and environmentally sustainable by employing cultural sensitivity, community participation, appropriate alternative technologies, and cost-effective methodologies to our programs, which are underpinned by human-centered design. Our results go beyond new shelters, roads and water systems. SFL's comprehensive approach rebuilds communities, offers hope, restores dignity, develops local capacity and creates environments in which communities can thrive.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Shelter For Life International Inc.
10201 Wayzata Blvd
Suite 230
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Website: www.shelter.org

Phone: (763) 253-4082

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 391657081

CEO/President: Mustafa Omar

Chairman: Brint Patrick

Board size: 6

Founder: Thor and Debi Armstrong

Ruling year: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2003


Purpose

To be one of the leading international Christian humanitarian aid organizations, providing disaster relief with long-term development and sustainability.

We address disaster relief and the long-term development needs of the communities we serve, by tailoring and implementing a range of contextually sensitive programs:

Shelter and infrastructure restoration and building

Livelihood and economic development

Education, training and awareness campaigns

Capacity building, self-sufficiency and sustainability

Food security, agriculture and natural resource management

Risk mitigation from geological and weather phenomena

Irrigation systems and access to water

Health, hygiene and sanitation


Mission statement

Demonstrating God's love by enabling people affected by conflict and disaster to restore their lives and rebuild their communities.


Statement of faith

Shelter for Life uses the following to express its faith:

1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating321 of 103431 of 85
Fund acquisition rating150 of 103612 of 85
Resource allocation rating436 of 103637 of 85
Asset utilization rating658 of 103452 of 85

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
99%72%78%63%83%68%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
1%28%22%37%17%32%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
85%86%87%77%82%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%99%98%109%102%101%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%86%86%84%83%85%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%1%2%-9%-2%-1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
14%4%11%-21%-16%-4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
7%14%13%23%18%16%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.491.090.631.123.010.48
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.221.011.001.021.061.07
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.131.100.631.143.200.51
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.591.181.111.781.571.11
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.840.900.560.630.90
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.591.691.844.621.372.30
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
11%84%90%55%60%87%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%2%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
54%15%16%40%13%28%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$3,729,365$6,363,140$1,019,765$1,137,669$4,555,893
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$545,053$390,043$262,840$277,198$263,170
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,274,418$6,753,183$1,282,605$1,414,867$4,819,063
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$29,000$19,396$11,745$19,683$27,622
Other long-term assets$8,075$8,075$8,515$67,236$312,270
Total long-term assets$37,075$27,471$20,260$86,919$339,892
Total assets$4,311,493$6,780,654$1,302,865$1,501,786$5,158,955
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$286,451$318,147$141,602$310,222$221,678
Other current liabilities$3,322,538$5,785,174$578,147$588,116$4,122,664
Total current liabilities$3,608,989$6,103,321$719,749$898,338$4,344,342
Debt$0$0$0$0$123,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$85$85$25$6,833$0
Total long-term liabilities$85$85$25$6,833$123,000
Total liabilities$3,609,074$6,103,406$719,774$905,171$4,467,342
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$647,803$654,570$570,374$583,898$679,047
With donor restrictions$54,616$22,678$12,717$12,717$12,566
Net assets$702,419$677,248$583,091$596,615$691,613
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$3,405,845$3,363,542$848,006$3,676,009$1,666,105
Program service revenue$1,337,858$953,885$476,330$730,882$753,272
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$725$829$8,218$23,404$23,409
Other revenue$1,456$0$5,928$862$1,105
Total other revenue$1,340,039$954,714$490,476$755,148$777,786
Total revenue$4,745,884$4,318,256$1,338,482$4,431,157$2,443,891
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$4,070,267$3,696,430$1,129,350$3,694,775$2,070,811
Management and general$647,841$545,690$333,505$831,236$401,684
Fundraising$2,605$879$200$144$630
Total expenses$4,720,713$4,242,999$1,463,055$4,526,155$2,473,125
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$25,171$75,257($124,573)($94,998)($29,234)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$25,171$75,257($124,573)($94,998)($29,234)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Mustafa OmarChief Executive Officer$176,179
Asfaw SeyoumChief Financial Officer$152,102

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019


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History

1982
Our work was initially sparked when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979 and millions of Afghans began to pour into Pakistan as refugees. Already at work in Asia, Thor and Debi Armstrong recognized that God was calling them to respond to the tremendous human needs of the Afghan people. They moved to Pakistan with a dedicated team of people in 1982. Their first pilot project began with funding from the UNHCR to build geodesic domes for Afghan refugees.

1984
Shelter Now International (SNI) was officially registered with the Government of Pakistan and Perth, Australia as a non-profit organization. This time saw a great blessing on the ministry, with many new people joining in on the work. As the team ministered to the needs of the Afghan people, SNI developed into a reputable relief and development organization. Over the years, SNI was able to build 1,800 multi-purpose geodesic domes for thousands of refugees, widows, and the disabled. Later, SNI established factories in Pakistan and Afghanistan to produce concrete roof beams and other housing components to be used by families to help rebuild their homes and communities. By 1990, the work prospered and eventually reached a million dollars in annual project expenditures.

1991
SNI was registered as a 501(c) 3 organization with its international headquarters based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Soon after, the Gulf War sent millions of Kurds fleeing from their homes, granting SNI the opportunity to respond to the needs of the Iraqi people and launching the organization as an international NGO.

2002
SNI changed its name to Shelter For Life International in part to reflect its commitment to community development and holistic programs. The purpose of the work, however, remains the same: to go wherever God calls us "...to provide the poor wanderer with shelter" (Isaiah 58:7 NIV), loving our neighbors as ourselves. SFL also boosted its presence in Afghanistan with funding from WFP.

2006
SFL moved its headquarters to Minneapolis, MN to reflect and facilitate the international focus of the organization. Soon afterward, we began work in what is now South Sudan.

2012
In 2012 we re-established an office in Tajikistan and received funding to begin work in Senegal and Liberia.

2018
Over the years, SFL has served in many countries, including Afghanistan, Angola, Burundi, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kosovo, Macedonia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, and Western Sahara, primarily in the areas of shelter, construction, and community development. Today, our team continues to work on numerous projects across the world funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), World Food Program (WFP) and the U.S. Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (BPRM).


Program accomplishments

30 years - Of providing sustainable development solutions for internally displaced persons, refugees, ecological migrants, and disaster victims.

82% of funds - Go directly to our projects, including population movement and settlement, public infrastructure reconstruction, and social & economic development projects.

100+ projects - Assisting people around the world to restore their lives, and rebuild their communities.


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