Free Wheelchair Mission

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that I’m a faculty member in the Management Department of the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business.  I teach courses in Leadership, Strategy, and Business Communication.  The DU Mission is simple – a great private university dedicated to the public good.

In keeping with this mission, in my Business Communication class, students work in teams to advise a non-profit organization on enhancing their message.  This quarter, my students have been working with Free Wheelchair Mission, a non-profit that provides free wheelchairs to disabled people in over 90 countries worldwide.

They distribute over 200 wheelchairs a day, and to date, have provided people in need with about 1,300,000 chairs.  That’s a lot of wheelchairs and a lot of mobility for people who would otherwise be unable to leave their homes to do the things most of us take for granted: simple things like enjoying a beautiful day outside, going to their place of worship, or to visit a friend or to the market.

But the 1.3 million chairs they have delivered a barely a dent in the problem.  Over 75 million people worldwide are in need of a wheelchair but can’t afford one.

Each wheelchair costs Free Wheelchair Mission about $80 to build and deliver.  My students and I have pledged to provide funds to cover the expense of at least one wheelchair. Can you help?  I’ve been writing this blog for over 15 years – over 4200 posts — and have never asked readers to support a charity.  However, after seeing the good work Free Wheelchair Mission does, and seeing how inspired students were by working with them, I’m asking you to make a small donation to help this awesome organization continue its important work.  If you can help, please go to and kick in a few bucks to help disable people all over the world, lead more fulfilling, less constrained lives.

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