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FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2014: FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION

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FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 06/13/2014: FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: FREE WHEELCHAIR MISSION

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Physical Address: Irvine, CA 92618 
EIN: 31-1781635
Web URL: www.freewheelchairmission.org 
Blog URL: freewheelchairmission.wordpress.com 
NTEE Category: P Human Services
P82 Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
E Health—General & Rehabilitative
E60 Health Support Services
X Religion, Spiritual Development
X20 Christian
Ruling Year: 2002 
How This Organization Is Funded: Contributions - $6,602,273
Gift-in-Kind - $1,117,990


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Mission Statement

Our mission is to transform lives through the gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in developing countries as motivated by Jesus Christ.

Legitimacy Information

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Annual Revenue & Expenses

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Fiscal Year Starting: April 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $7,769,244
Total Expenses $7,991,356

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Leadership

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Dr. Don W. Schoendorfer

Profile:

Don Schoendorfer, President and Founder of Free Wheelchair Mission, worked in biomedical engineering for many years after graduating from MIT. In late 1979 Don and his wife, Laurie, traveled to Morocco. There, Don saw a woman dragging her body across a dirt road. This sad vision stuck with Don long after he left Morocco. Although he worked as an engineer over the next twenty years, he never forgot about the woman he had seen and began thinking of how he could help provide wheelchairs to those in need. In 1999, he made a commitment to find a solution for those with disabilities in developing countries who have no access to wheelchairs. After designing an affordable wheelchair, Don founded the non-profit Free Wheelchair Mission in 2001.

Leadership Statement:

Our mission is to transform lives through the gift of mobility as motivated by Jesus Christ. Our wheelchairs cost just $71.88 to manufacture and deliver, and are provided at absolutely no cost to the recipient. Thanks to the support of our donors, Free Wheelchair Mission has been able to manufacture and ship over 700,000 wheelchairs to those with disabilities all over the world.

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Programs

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Budget:
$4,978,303
Category:
International Relief
Population Served:
Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified
Physically Disabled nec
None

Program Description:

The Free Wheelchair Mission creatively partners with other humanitarian, churches and hospitals around the world to provide wheelchairs free of charge to those in need. To date, we have delivered over 700,000 wheelchairs to other countries.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Free Wheelchair Mission has distributed over 700,000 since the mission began in 2001.

Program Short-Term Success:

Thanks to our donors, we were able to distribute over 75,000 during our last fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Program Success Monitored by:

We monitor our success by how many lives we are able to change throught the gift of mobility. Every time someone receives a wheelchair, we consider this a huge success!

Program Success Examples:

There are so many examples of how a wheelchair can change someone's life. Children who were unable to leave their homes can now attend school. Adults who had no way to support themselves are now able to work and enjoy so many activities that many of us take for granted.
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FWM recognizes the link between disability and poverty is a powerful one. Specially designed for rugged terrain, our wheelchairs are meant to be used in some of the most challenging rural and urban landscapes the developing world can offer. To date we have provided more than 700,000 wheelchairs to individuals in 88 countries around the world free of charge.
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