Free Wheelchair Mission

The information on this page was last updated 9/28/2023. 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: Nuka Solomon

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 rating793 of 110464 of 88
Fund acquisition rating1049 of 110582 of 88
Resource allocation rating902 of 110577 of 88
Asset utilization rating120 of 110417 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$243,385$228,361$79,965$97,808$358,450
Short-term investments$297,037$259,650$315,461$239,698$205,959
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,364,137$3,111,994$3,042,767$2,708,116$1,876,630
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$134,544$171,171$222,940$234,957$286,056
Other long-term assets$379,404$262,235$15,165$15,165$107,195
Total long-term assets$513,948$433,406$238,105$250,122$393,251
Total assets$3,878,085$3,545,400$3,280,872$2,958,238$2,269,881
Payables and accrued expenses$415,651$705,005$466,717$369,034$368,914
Other current liabilities$11,575$11,575$1,745$330$0
Total current liabilities$427,226$716,580$468,462$369,364$368,914
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$591,420$259,650$315,461$239,698$210,030
Total long-term liabilities$591,420$259,650$315,461$632,798$210,030
Total liabilities$1,018,646$976,230$783,923$1,002,162$578,944
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$2,214,343$1,860,349$1,577,549$1,167,388$859,733
With donor restrictions$645,096$708,821$919,400$788,688$831,204
Net assets$2,859,439$2,569,170$2,496,949$1,956,076$1,690,937
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,009,506$11,491,258$9,881,138$9,770,825$10,644,010
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$29,438$26$25$14$9,461
Other revenue($10,658)($159,938)($167,025)($236,315)($181,526)
Total other revenue$18,780($159,912)($167,000)($236,301)($172,065)
Total revenue$14,028,286$11,331,346$9,714,138$9,534,524$10,471,945
Program services$10,689,328$8,590,222$6,933,518$6,986,318$8,203,987
Management and general$501,983$662,063$447,505$564,936$729,930
Total expenses$13,738,017$11,259,125$9,173,265$9,269,385$10,653,136
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$290,269$72,221$540,873$265,139($181,191)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$290,269$72,221$540,873$265,139($181,191)


Don SchoendorferPresident$215,859
Nuka SolomonChief Executive Officer$188,050
Brad CooperDirector of Marketing$135,844
Angela Ruiz GomezNational Director of Devel$135,535
Keith HerrDirector of Manufacturing$115,720
Wayne TwiggDirector of Finance$96,771

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023

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 9/28/2023. 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