ShelterBox USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of one of the world’s leading disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations, announces Carrie Baptista as its new Individual and Special Gifts Officer.
Baptista brings more than ten years of experience in building relationships and engaging with donors across both nonprofit and corporate sectors.
“Carrie has a long track record in disaster relief, working with supporters to fulfill their philanthropic interests,” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “She is passionate about the life-saving work of ShelterBox and we are thrilled she will serve in a donor stewardship role.”
Prior to joining ShelterBox, Baptista served in resource acquisition at Direct Relief within their Philanthropic Investment team where she worked with corporate donors to grow in-kind donations.
Baptista also worked in international emergency assistance while living abroad in Ireland. Most recently, she worked and traveled alongside world-renowned band Depeche Mode during their global Spirit tour.
“I am thrilled to join both this team and this incredible organization bringing life-saving shelter to families who have lost everything in disaster and conflict situations,” said Baptista. “I’m so inspired that ShelterBox makes it a priority to reach the furthest parts of the world providing a lifeline to families who would otherwise be forgotten.”
Baptista holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. Additionally, the organization’s kits and boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and activity sets for children.
ShelterBox is currently responding in Somaliland after severe drought and the Philippines after Tropical Storm Usman. The organization is also responding to shelter needs of refugees and displaced people in Syria, Iraq, Ethiopia, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and Niger.
To volunteer, fundraise, or make a donation, visit www.shelterboxusa.org or call (941) 907-6036. Legacy giving and corporate giving options are available as well. ShelterBox USA is a 4-Star rated charity by Charity Navigator and has Platinum status from GuideStar.
Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and dignity following more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries. ShelterBox responds urgently to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering boxes of essential shelter, aid and other life-saving supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, a water filtration system, emergency lighting, and other tools for survival. ShelterBox USA is based in Sarasota, Florida and Santa Barbara, California.
ShelterBox is an official Project Partner of Rotary International. Tax deductible donations to the organization can be made at www.ShelterBoxUSA.org or by calling (941) 907-6036.