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Free Wheelchair Mission

Transforming lives through the gift of mobility

three stars

84.36

15279 Alton Parkway Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618
tel: (800) 733-0858   Web Site
EIN: 31-1781635

Board Leadership
Stuart Rattray
Chair

CEO
Don Schoendorfer
President, Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.36 three stars
  Financial 77.89 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit that designs and manufactures cost-efficient, durable wheelchairs for individuals living with a disability in under-resourced nations.

We believe in a world where everyone who needs a wheelchair has one and our mission is to provide the transforming gift of mobility to people with disabilities living in developing nations as motivated by Jesus Christ.

In collaboration with a network of like-minded partners, Free Wheelchair Mission has distributed more than one million wheelchairs to individuals in need in 93 countries around the world, providing renewed dignity, independence, and hope through the gift of mobility, at no cost to the recipient.

With an estimated 75 million people around the world today still in need of a wheelchair without the means to get one, we look forward to partnering with our supporters and donors in delivering the next one million wheelchairs.

Free Wheelchair Mission is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit that designs and manufactures cost-efficient, durable wheelchairs for individuals living with a disability in under-resourced nations.

We believe in a world where everyone who needs a wheelchair has one and our mission is to provide the transforming gift of mobility to people with disabilities living in developing nations as motivated by Jesus Christ.

In collaboration with a network of like-minded partners, Free Wheelchair Mission has distributed more than one million wheelchairs to individuals in need in 93 countries around the world, providing renewed dignity, independence, and hope through the gift of mobility, at no cost to the recipient.

With an estimated 75 million people around the world today still in need of a wheelchair without the means to get one, we look forward to partnering with our supporters and donors in delivering the next one million wheelchairs.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of clients served
79,800
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

two stars

77.89

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
79.0%
  Administrative Expenses 6.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.14
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.18
  Program Expenses Growth 3.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 31.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Wheelchair Mission on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Free Wheelchair Mission on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Wheelchair Mission (CA) 84.36 three stars
Save a Child's Heart Foundation (MD) 94.32 four stars
BlinkNow Foundation (NJ) 97.78 four stars
Heal Africa USA (MI) 92.02 four stars
VillageReach (WA) 91.16 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,512,878
   Federated Campaigns $11,980
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,535,665
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,060,523
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $10,060,523
   Other Revenue $-357,322
TOTAL REVENUE $9,703,201
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,215,901
   Administrative Expenses $714,713
   Fundraising Expenses $1,611,218
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,541,832
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-838,631
   
Net Assets $1,872,128

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Distribution of Medical Supplies and Wheelchairs $8,215,901 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 84.36 three stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 87.18 three stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 90.32 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 90.00 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 02/01/2016 95.14 four stars
2014-06 08/01/2015 94.37 four stars
2013-03 06/01/2014 92.05 four stars
2012-03 06/01/2013 85.82 three stars
2011-03 05/01/2012 87.73 three stars
2010-03 09/20/2011 88.09 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-03 06/01/2011 80.88 three stars
2009-03 02/01/2010 89.70 three stars
2008-03 12/17/2008 92.79 four stars
2007-03 10/01/2008 84.54 three stars
2006-03 02/01/2007 82.51 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 31-1781635
Name in IRS Master File FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION
NTEE Code E50
NTEE Classification Rehabilitative Medical Services
NTEE Type Health - General and Rehabilitative
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date January, 2002
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$179,856 1.70% Donald Schoendorfer President
Other Salaries of Note
$144,255 1.36% Nuka Solomon Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Wheelchair Mission (CA) 84.36 three stars
Haitian Health Foundation (CT) 98.85 four stars
Amoud Foundation (TX) 93.91 four stars
Mary's Meals USA (NJ) 89.02 three stars
Reciprocal Ministries International (FL) 86.10 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Free Wheelchair Mission
15279 Alton Parkway
Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618
tel: (800) 733-0858
fax: (949) 453-0085
EIN: 31-1781635

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15279 Alton Parkway
Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618

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Board Leadership

Stuart Rattray
Chair

CEO

Don Schoendorfer
President, Founder

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