Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM)

The information on this page was last updated 6/24/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit that designs and manufactures cost-efficient, durable wheelchairs for developing countries around the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Free Wheelchair Mission
15279 Alton Parkway
Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618


Phone: (949) 273-8470

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 311781635

CEO/President: Mr. Don Schoendorfer, Ph D

Chairman: Stuart Rattray

Board size: 11

Founder: Mr. Don Schoendorfer, Ph D

Ruling year: 2002

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


Free Wheelchair Mission believes in a world where everyone who needs a wheelchair has one.

With an estimated 75 million people around the world today in need of a wheelchair, Free Wheelchair Mission continues our mission to provide mobility to people living with disabilities in developing countries.

Free Wheelchair Mission continues its focus and commitment on becoming a leading provider of mobility in developing countries, but beyond placing recipients in a wheelchair, Free Wheelchair Mission is bringing transformation that opens doors to education, employment opportunities, and community that these individuals only dreamed of before receiving the gift of mobility.

Mission statement

To provide the transforming gift of mobility to people with disabilities living in developing nations, as motivated by Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

Donor confidence score

Show donor confidence score details

Transparency grade


To understand our transparency grade, click here.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating805 of 102562 of 85
Fund acquisition rating990 of 102784 of 85
Resource allocation rating888 of 102778 of 85
Asset utilization rating152 of 102516 of 85

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses


Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$79,965$97,808$358,450$639,941$267,122
Short-term investments$0$0$0$1,008,130$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,188,091$1,996,418$1,762,701$2,192,031$2,840,611
Long-term investments$854,676$711,698$205,959$176,503$150,715
Fixed assets$222,940$234,957$286,056$338,122$249,792
Other long-term assets$15,165$15,165$15,165$15,165$7,869
Total long-term assets$1,092,781$961,820$507,180$529,790$408,376
Total assets$3,280,872$2,958,238$2,269,881$2,721,821$3,248,987
Payables and accrued expenses$466,717$369,034$368,914$655,963$372,460
Other current liabilities$1,745$393,430$4,071$17,227$26,292
Total current liabilities$468,462$762,464$372,985$673,190$398,752
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$315,461$239,698$205,959$176,503$150,715
Total long-term liabilities$315,461$239,698$205,959$176,503$150,715
Total liabilities$783,923$1,002,162$578,944$849,693$549,467
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$1,577,549$1,167,388$859,733$1,521,502$2,010,287
With donor restrictions$919,400$788,688$831,204$350,626$689,233
Net assets$2,496,949$1,956,076$1,690,937$1,872,128$2,699,520
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,565,075$9,888,129$10,780,792$10,160,698$10,611,476
Program service revenue$0$0$96,355$85,378$108,985
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$393,100$0$0$8,130$0
Other revenue$25,748$59,542$10,594$0$0
Total other revenue$418,848$59,542$106,949$93,508$108,985
Total revenue$9,983,923$9,947,671$10,887,741$10,254,206$10,720,461
Program services$7,060,321$7,072,244$8,361,140$8,343,953$7,357,811
Management and general$449,207$564,936$730,530$719,215$613,151
Total expenses$9,443,050$9,682,532$11,068,931$11,081,598$9,834,794
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$540,873$265,139($181,190)($827,392)$885,667
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$540,873$265,139($181,190)($827,392)$885,667


Don SchoendorferPresident$198,541
Nuka SolomonChief Executive Officer$152,232
Angela Ruiz GomezNational Director of Devel$133,945
Debbie Le FeverSenior Director of Finance$128,171

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/24/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Mid 1970s Don Schoendorfer witnessed a crippled Moroccan woman crawling across a dirt road which planted a seed that germinated in 1999 when he invested his education and professional expertise as a PhD Mechanical Engineer to create a simple, rugged, and inexpensive wheelchair. The mental picture of the crawling woman's anguish and loss of dignity had haunted him for years until God opened a path for Dr. Schoendorfer.

Program accomplishments

In collaboration with a network of like-minded partners, Free Wheelchair Mission has distributed 1.3 million wheelchairs to people living with disabilities in 94 developing countries around the world, providing renewed dignity, independence, and hope through the gift of mobility, at no cost to the recipient.