Lakewood Ranch, Florida (PRWEB) December 30, 2011
ShelterBox USA, an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and life-saving equipment to disaster survivors worldwide, announces the hiring of Brian Wills as vice president of development.
In his new role, Wills is responsible for carrying out a comprehensive fundraising program aimed at increasing ShelterBox USA’s ability to help survivors live independently and with dignity in the critical days, weeks and months following a disaster.
“We are very excited to welcome Brian to the ShelterBox team and are confident his experience and passion for our mission will allow him to very effectively lead our development efforts,” said Emily Sperling, president of ShelterBox USA. “I look forward to working with him to raise the resources ShelterBox needs to help thousands of families live in dignity and safety following disaster each year.”
ShelterBox instantly responds to natural and other disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, stove, blankets and water filtration system, among other tools to use while they are displaced or homeless.
“It’s an honor to be joining an organization with such a great reputation for innovation and effectiveness as ShelterBox,” said Wills.
“When you look at what has been accomplished in just over a decade—bringing immediate aid in the wake of devastation to over a million people in nearly 80 countries, you can’t help but marvel at the vision and efficiency of the staff and volunteers alike. It’s inspirational to see such commitment in action.”
Wills brings more than 25 years of sales, marketing and fundraising experience to ShelterBox USA, including most recently serving as director of philanthropy for the Nature Conservancy. In his role with the Nature Conservancy, Wills was responsible for the development of national and international major gift opportunities with the Texas chapter and the Global Freshwater Program.
Wills holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University and Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Since 2000, ShelterBox has delivered humanitarian aid in the form of equipment and materials that provide shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural and other disasters following more than 170 disasters in 80 countries. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is nationally headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org or (941) 907-6036. Location and time specific donations cannot be accepted.