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International : Development and Relief Services

Free Wheelchair Mission

Transforming lives through the gift of mobility

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Impact Information is available from our partner, GuideStar

three stars

87.18

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

Board Leadership
Stuart Rattray
Chairman

CEO
Don Schoendorfer
President, Founder

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.18 three stars
  Financial 81.88 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to providing wheelchairs to individuals with physical challenges in the developing world.

Headquartered in Irvine, CA, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities who need a wheelchair, but can't afford one. We provide not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.

Our mission is "to transform lives through the gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in developing countries as motivated by Jesus Christ." Our vision is to provide 1.2 million wheelchairs by 2017.

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is a faith-based nonprofit dedicated to providing wheelchairs to individuals with physical challenges in the developing world.

Headquartered in Irvine, CA, FWM works around the world in partnership with a vast network of humanitarian, faith-based and government organizations, sending wheelchairs to hundreds of thousands of individuals with disabilities who need a wheelchair, but can't afford one. We provide not only the gift of mobility, but of dignity, independence, and hope.

Our mission is "to transform lives through the gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in developing countries as motivated by Jesus Christ." Our vision is to provide 1.2 million wheelchairs by 2017.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of clients served
67,435
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This impact information is current as of January 2019, 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

three stars

81.88

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
79.8%
  Administrative Expenses 5.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 14.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.13
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.28
  Program Expenses Growth 4.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.9%
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) 87.18 three stars
Dining for Women (SC) 88.01 three stars
Fund for Armenian Relief (NY) 88.89 three stars
ShelterBox USA (FL) 94.42 four stars
Rotaplast International (CA) 96.05 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,746,881
   Federated Campaigns $59,722
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,760,765
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $10,567,368
   Program Service Revenue $2,104
Total Primary Revenue $10,569,472
   Other Revenue $-367,740
TOTAL REVENUE $10,201,732
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $7,257,966
   Administrative Expenses $613,152
   Fundraising Expenses $1,444,873
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $9,315,991
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $885,741
   
Net Assets $2,699,520

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 $7,257,966 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$173,732 1.86% Donald Schoendorfer President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Free Wheelchair Mission (CA) 87.18 three stars
Anera (DC) 92.56 four stars
Dining for Women (SC) 88.01 three stars
Hope 4 Kids International (AZ) 89.49 three stars
Rafiki Foundation (FL) 92.30 four 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

Mail donations to:
PO Box 52001
Dept. 921
Phoenix, AZ 85071

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Board Leadership

Stuart Rattray
Chairman

CEO

Don Schoendorfer
President, Founder

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