Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM)

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Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) provides free wheelchairs to the poor, crippled and disabled persons living in developing third-world countries. FWM believes that when Jesus Christ lived in this world, He had special love for the sick and crippled. They try to share the same concern now for the poor, especially those with physical immobility. The chairs are distributed free to those in need, regardless of one's religious affiliation if any.

Contact information

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


Phone: (949) 273-8470


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: 2001

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

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating799 of 102269 of 85
Fund acquisition rating1000 of 102485 of 85
Resource allocation rating897 of 102482 of 85
Asset utilization rating141 of 102217 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$97,808$358,450$639,941$267,122$341,428
Short-term investments$0$0$1,008,130$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,996,418$1,762,701$2,192,031$2,840,611$1,714,776
Long-term investments$711,698$205,959$176,503$150,715$0
Fixed assets$234,957$286,056$338,122$249,792$123,504
Other long-term assets$15,165$15,165$15,165$7,869$253,163
Total long-term assets$961,820$507,180$529,790$408,376$376,667
Total assets$2,958,238$2,269,881$2,721,821$3,248,987$2,091,443
Payables and accrued expenses$369,034$368,914$655,963$372,460$120,161
Other current liabilities$393,430$4,071$17,227$26,292$31,895
Total current liabilities$762,464$372,985$673,190$398,752$152,056
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$239,698$205,959$176,503$150,715$125,534
Total long-term liabilities$239,698$205,959$176,503$150,715$125,534
Total liabilities$1,002,162$578,944$849,693$549,467$277,590
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,167,388$859,733$1,521,502$2,010,287$973,740
With donor restrictions$788,688$831,204$350,626$689,233$840,113
Net assets$1,956,076$1,690,937$1,872,128$2,699,520$1,813,853
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Total contributions$9,888,129$10,780,792$10,160,698$10,611,476$10,025,810
Program service revenue$0$96,355$85,378$108,985$96,749
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$8,130$0$0
Other revenue$59,542$10,594$0$0($60,057)
Total other revenue$59,542$106,949$93,508$108,985$36,692
Total revenue$9,947,671$10,887,741$10,254,206$10,720,461$10,062,502
Program services$7,072,244$8,361,140$8,343,953$7,357,811$8,215,792
Management and general$564,936$730,530$719,215$613,151$552,252
Total expenses$9,682,532$11,068,931$11,081,598$9,834,794$10,379,502
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$265,139($181,190)($827,392)$885,667($317,000)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$265,139($181,190)($827,392)$885,667($317,000)


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

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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.