Free Wheelchair Mission

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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: Nuka Solomon / Don Schoendorfer, PhD

Chairman: Stuart Rattray

Board size: 11

Founder: Don Schoendorfer, PhD

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

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating843 of 109461 of 84
Fund acquisition rating1057 of 109783 of 84
Resource allocation rating962 of 109776 of 84
Asset utilization rating146 of 109415 of 84

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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

Free Wheelchair Mission believes in a world where everyone who needs a wheelchair has one. Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our organization. To support our work of transforming lives through the gift of mobility, please visit

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/3/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1979, Don Schoendorfer witnessed a woman in Morocco crawling across a dirt road. This heartbreaking sight sent him on a journey to help this woman and others like her living in developing countries. Using his MIT education and professional expertise in the biomedical field, he created a simple and inexpensive wheelchair in his garage. After distributing the first few wheelchairs in India, he founded the faith-based nonprofit, Free Wheelchair Mission in 2001.

Program accomplishments

In collaboration with a network of like-minded partners, Free Wheelchair Mission has distributed more than 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.


There are still an estimated 75 million individuals around the world who are waiting for wheelchairs. You can partner with Free Wheelchair Mission in helping to provide the gift of mobility at