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

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 rating814 of 109165 of 86
Fund acquisition rating1051 of 109481 of 86
Resource allocation rating943 of 109475 of 86
Asset utilization rating141 of 109117 of 86

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$228,361$79,965$97,808$358,450$639,941
Short-term investments$259,650$315,461$239,698$205,959$1,008,130
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,111,994$3,042,767$2,708,116$1,876,630$1,935,279
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$176,503
Fixed assets$171,171$222,940$234,957$286,056$338,122
Other long-term assets$262,235$15,165$15,165$107,195$271,917
Total long-term assets$433,406$238,105$250,122$393,251$786,542
Total assets$3,545,400$3,280,872$2,958,238$2,269,881$2,721,821
Payables and accrued expenses$705,005$466,717$369,034$368,914$655,963
Other current liabilities$11,575$1,745$330$0$0
Total current liabilities$716,580$468,462$369,364$368,914$655,963
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$259,650$315,461$239,698$210,030$193,730
Total long-term liabilities$259,650$315,461$632,798$210,030$193,730
Total liabilities$976,230$783,923$1,002,162$578,944$849,693
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$1,860,349$1,577,549$1,167,388$859,733$1,521,502
With donor restrictions$708,821$919,400$788,688$831,204$350,626
Net assets$2,569,170$2,496,949$1,956,076$1,690,937$1,872,128
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$11,491,258$9,881,138$9,770,825$10,644,010$10,060,523
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$26$25$14$9,461$8,130
Other revenue($159,938)($167,025)($236,315)($181,526)($365,452)
Total other revenue($159,912)($167,000)($236,301)($172,065)($357,322)
Total revenue$11,331,346$9,714,138$9,534,524$10,471,945$9,703,201
Program services$8,590,222$6,933,518$6,986,318$8,203,987$8,215,901
Management and general$662,063$447,505$564,936$729,930$714,713
Total expenses$11,259,125$9,173,265$9,269,385$10,653,136$10,541,832
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$72,221$540,873$265,139($181,191)($838,631)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$72,221$540,873$265,139($181,191)($838,631)


Don SchoendorferPresident$211,344
Nuka SolomonChief Executive Officer$171,838
Brad CooperDirector of Marketing$128,007
Angela Ruiz GomezNational Director of Devel$125,053
Debbie Le FeverSenior Director of Finance$116,262

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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