Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM)

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Summary

Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) provides free wheelchairs to the poor, crippled and disabled persons living in developing third-world countries. FWM believes that when Jesus Christ lived in this world, He had special love for the sick and crippled. They try to share the same concern now for the poor, especially those with physical immobility. The chairs are distributed free to those in need, regardless of one's religious affiliation if any.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Free Wheelchair Mission
15279 Alton Parkway
Suite 300
Irvine, CA 92618

Website: www.freewheelchairmission.org

Phone: (949) 273-8470

Email: info@freewheelchairmission.org


Organization details

EIN: 311781635

CEO/President: Mr. Don Schoendorfer, Ph D

Chairman: Stuart Rattray

Board size: 11

Founder: Mr. Don Schoendorfer, Ph D

Year founded: 2001

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


Purpose

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

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating761 of 94163 of 75
Fund acquisition rating919 of 94374 of 75
Resource allocation rating847 of 94373 of 75
Asset utilization rating169 of 94118 of 75

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%21%18%20%18%16%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%21%18%20%17%16%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
99%99%99%99%99%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%21%18%18%19%16%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
1%1%1%1%1%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
85%73%76%75%75%79%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%97%102%108%92%103%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
83%71%77%81%69%82%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%3%-2%-8%8%-3%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%14%-11%-44%33%-17%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
7%6%7%6%6%5%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.643.274.884.073.034.96
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.281.481.291.241.141.22
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.634.856.285.063.466.05
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.892.624.733.267.1211.28
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.120.380.210.310.140.09
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.261.531.511.642.981.81
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
14%34%26%31%17%13%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
52%20%15%17%27%17%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,898,610$1,404,251$543,960$2,573,489$1,373,348
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$97,808$358,450$639,941$267,122$341,428
Short-term investments$0$0$1,008,130$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,996,418$1,762,701$2,192,031$2,840,611$1,714,776
Long-term investments$711,698$205,959$176,503$150,715$0
Fixed assets$234,957$286,056$338,122$249,792$123,504
Other long-term assets$15,165$15,165$15,165$7,869$253,163
Total long-term assets$961,820$507,180$529,790$408,376$376,667
Total assets$2,958,238$2,269,881$2,721,821$3,248,987$2,091,443
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$369,034$368,914$655,963$372,460$120,161
Other current liabilities$393,430$4,071$17,227$26,292$31,895
Total current liabilities$762,464$372,985$673,190$398,752$152,056
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$239,698$205,959$176,503$150,715$125,534
Total long-term liabilities$239,698$205,959$176,503$150,715$125,534
Total liabilities$1,002,162$578,944$849,693$549,467$277,590
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,167,388$859,733$1,521,502$2,010,287$973,740
With donor restrictions$788,688$831,204$350,626$689,233$840,113
Net assets$1,956,076$1,690,937$1,872,128$2,699,520$1,813,853
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$9,888,129$10,780,792$10,160,698$10,611,476$10,025,810
Program service revenue$0$96,355$85,378$108,985$96,749
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$8,130$0$0
Other revenue$59,542$10,594$0$0($60,057)
Total other revenue$59,542$106,949$93,508$108,985$36,692
Total revenue$9,947,671$10,887,741$10,254,206$10,720,461$10,062,502
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$7,072,244$8,361,140$8,343,953$7,357,811$8,215,792
Management and general$564,936$730,530$719,215$613,151$552,252
Fundraising$2,045,352$1,977,261$2,018,430$1,863,832$1,611,458
Total expenses$9,682,532$11,068,931$11,081,598$9,834,794$10,379,502
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$265,139($181,190)($827,392)$885,667($317,000)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$265,139($181,190)($827,392)$885,667($317,000)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Don SchoendorferPresident$182,137
Nuka SolomonChief Executive Officer$146,826
Andela Ruiz GomezNational Director of Development$120,892
Debbie Le FeverSenior Director of Finance$15,625

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/21/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Mid 1970s Don Schoendorfer witnessed a crippled Moroccan woman crawling across a dirt road which planted a seed that germinated in 1999 when he invested his education and professional expertise as a PhD Mechanical Engineer to create a simple, rugged, and inexpensive wheelchair. The mental picture of the crawling woman's anguish and loss of dignity had haunted him for years until God opened a path for Dr. Schoendorfer.


Program accomplishments

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


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