Dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical; disabilities.

Tarpon Springs, FL   |
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EIN: 45-1308941


Wheelchairs 4 Kids is dedicated to improving the lives of children with physical disabilities.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Madeline Robinson

Main address

1200 S. Pinellas Ave Suite 3

Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 USA

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Subject area info

Health care clinics

Human services

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth

NTEE code info

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Children outgrow their wheelchairs before Medicaid or insurance will approve a new one. Children with physical disabilities are only approved for a new wheelchair every 5 to 7 years regardless of whether their needs change due to progressive diseases. They outgrow their chairs which is not only uncomfortable, but may lead to health issues including scoliosis, respiratory problems or pressure sores. In addition, Medicaid and insurance often do not approve home or vehicle modifications such as ramps, door widening, roll-in showers or vehicle lifts. Wheelchairs 4 Kids provides these needs at no cost to the families. We also have an inclusion program called Wheely Fun Days. Our kids are often not included. They don't get invited to birthday parties or the movies. We take our kids to MLB games, Bucs Training Camp, WWE events as well as on interactive adventures such as Zip-lining, indoor sky-diving and even water-skiing using adaptive equipment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids

Provide wheelchairs, gait trainers, AFO's, Hoyer lifts, etc for children with physical disabilities.    
Make homes accessible for children in wheelchairs.  Install wheelchair ramps in homes as well as other accessible options such as bathroom modification for handicap access, widening doors, etc.
Customize vehicles for wheelchair accessibility.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Proclamation 2011

City of Griffin, GA

Winners Within Us Readers Choice Award 2012

Key to the City of Tarpon Springs 2012

City of Tarpon Springs

Winners Within Us 2012

Readers Choice Award

Saving One Child at a Time Award 2013

Pepin Academies

Community Hero 2014

Tampa Bay Lightning

Spirit of Humanity Award 2015

DeBartolo Family Foundation

Nonprofit of the Year Finalist 2015

Tampa Bay Business Journal

Nonprofit of the Year 2015

Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce

Pioneer Award 2015

Florida JCI Senate

Business of the Year 2016

Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce

Chamberlin Scholarship 2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Tampa Bay Ethics Award 2018

The University of Tampa Center for Ethics

Finalist 2018

WEDU Be More Awards

Certificate of Congressional Recognition 2019

U.S. Congressman Bilirakis

Hometown Hero 2013

Fox 13

Community Champion 2020


Everyday Hero 2022

Bay News 9

Non-Profit 2022

One Tampa Bay Award

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Adolescents

Related Program

Wheelchairs and Mobility Aids

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Number of children who received wheelchairs, home or vehicle modifications or other assistive or therapeutic equipment in calendar year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GOAL: To improve the lives of children with physical disabilities.
OBJECTIVE: To provide 215 children under the age of 21 with wheelchairs, assistive devices, or
home/vehicle modifications by May 31, 2023
OUTCOME: These children and their families will benefit due to the increased comfort, safety, access, transportability and/or physical improvement dependent on the type of assistance we

GOAL: To continue inclusion program.
OBJECTIVE: To host a minimum of 15 events (Wheely Fun Days) for the children we serve that will enable them to socialize and interact with each other and able-bodied children by May 31, 2023
OUTCOME: Our kids will benefit socially by meeting other children who face some of the same
issues they face. The able-bodied children will benefit by gaining a better
understanding of the challenges our kids deal with as well as recognize that they all share
some of the same hopes and dreams and have many similar mindsets in relation to pop
culture and play. This program will allow our kids the opportunity to live more fulfilled
lives, learn social skills and thrive. They will know that they are not alone
and despite their physical challenges, they are capable of doing so much more than they
ever imagined.

GOAL: Increase participation in our inclusion program, Wheely Fun Days.
OBJECTIVE: Have at least 250 children with physical disabilities and their families (Estimate 900
people) participate in our inclusion program through at least 15 Wheely Fun Days.
OUTCOME: The children will see that they are not alone and build lasting relationships. They will
also learn that they can do so much more than they ever dreamed possible. The parents
can share their experiences and recommendations as well as find a group of parents that
share the same circumstances and support each other.

GOAL: To increase our visibility.
OBJECTIVE: To have 25 online/newspaper/TV segments about us as well as increase our fans on
Facebook to 6,500 and Instagram to 1000 by May 31, 2023.
OUTCOME: Physical therapists and other caregivers as well as families, vendors and supporters will be more aware of the services we offer which will allow us to help more children. Vendors will see the value of working with us and funders can be confident that their donations are being put to good use. It will also bring awareness to the issues our families deal with every day.

GOAL: To continue to be fiscally responsible.
OBJECTIVE: To maintain our current ratio of over 80% of funding going toward program services.
OUTCOME: Donors can be confident that their donated dollars are being spent where intended

We work with physical therapists, child advocates, organizations, and families to solicit and receive referrals for our services.

Once an application has been accepted we work with wheelchair and other equipment manufacturers and dealers for highly discounted prices. We also contact contractors who will donate or discount their services for home modifications. Next we reach out to that child's community for sponsors or utilize funding from our corporate/community/foundation supporters to assist the child.

We also work closely with sports teams, attractions and corporate sponsors to assist with in-kind gifts for our Wheely Fun Days.

We believe that being fiscally responsible, transparent and accountable builds trust. Donors should feel confident that their funds will be used as intended - to help our kids!

We have 4 events planned and have a monthly recurring gift program called Guardians of the Wheel Kids.

We are also writing more grants and reaching out to more corporations to develop cause marketing initiatives.

We work closely with the families and physical therapists to determine what the best solution is for each child. Our referrals usually come from advocate organizations such as Shriners Hospitals, United Cerebral Palsy, The Spina Bifida Association, Children's Medical Services, etc.

We have been fortunate to partner with several mobility manufacturers and dealers that deeply discount their products and services. We generally get between a 40 -70 % discount on mobility items and usually get free labor from building contractors.

The average value of the equipment or modifications we provide is over $6,000. However, due to the relationships we have forged with manufacturers, distributors and contractors, our average cost to fund one child is approximately $2,500.00, a tremendous savings. All modifications are done by professional contractors who are licensed and insured.

Funding from our corporate/community/foundation grants and sponsorships enables us to continue to help more children each year.

As of 2022, we have assisted over 1200 children with disabilities by providing wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications, and other assistive and therapeutic devices. Our assistance has allowed these children proper and fitted equipment, accessibility into their own homes and bathrooms, ease of vehicular transportation, and development potential with therapeutic devices. Our assistance has also helped some children finally be able walk! Their families are also benefited by being able to care for their child properly and with greater ease.

We have provided over 90 inclusion days ; "Wheely Fun Days," for our kids such as taking them to activities that we often take for granted as well as some exclusive experiences that will create memories that will last a lifetime and make “our kids" the envy of all their peers! . For Wheely Fun Days, our kids have been to Buccaneers Training Camp and WWE events, they’ve sailed with Sailability of Tampa Bay and ziplined at Gatorland. They’ve waterskied with the help of Ann’s Angels Adaptive Waterskiing, and even experienced indoor skydiving at iFly Tampa! All of these activities are designed for our kids to do what they do best – be kids!

We are proud of the impact we have made so far. Due to increasing awareness of our services, the requests for our assistance is growing. We are striving to grow with the requests and assist these children as efficiently as possible.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve families who have children up to the age of 21 living with a physical disability. We have 2 major programs: 1. Let's Roll - This program addresses mobility and accessibility. We provide wheelchairs, home and vehicle modifications as well as other assistive or therapeutic equipment at no charge to the families. 2. Wheely Fun Days - This program addresses inclusion and socialization. Our kids are often left on the sidelines of life. We take them on exciting adventures which not only promote socialization and fun, but helps them realize that they are capable of so much more than ever imagined. We take them indoor skydiving, ziplining and water-skiing using adaptive equipment. We also take them to sporting events and concerts.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We recently added 2 new items to the types of equipment we provide. One is the Permobil Mini Explorer. It is a new, power wheelchair for toddlers that is an introduction to power chairs that is extremely easy to use with a large ball that is easy for little hands to maneuver and learn how to control direction. The other is the EZ Cruiser - a lightweight, collapsible power chair that is easy to transport in an average vehicle.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have done surveys since inception so it really hasn't changed! I do believe that they appreciate the fact that we take their opinions into consideration and use their feedback to improve our work. We have learned a lot and know how important it is to get things done right!

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,


Fiscal year: Jun 01 - May 31
Financial documents
2021 2021 2020 2020-2021 Audit 2020 2020-2021 990
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 71.02 over 9 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.6 over 9 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 9 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jun 01 - May 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of WHEELCHAIRS 4 KIDS INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$4,485 -$30,164 $86,829 -$86,207 $145,608
As % of expenses -1.0% -5.3% 11.1% -8.4% 14.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$5,925 -$31,325 $85,694 -$87,331 $144,484
As % of expenses -1.3% -5.5% 11.0% -8.5% 14.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $481,476 $536,376 $890,812 $954,507 $1,203,027
Total revenue, % change over prior year 17.8% 11.4% 66.1% 7.2% 26.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 3.6%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 99.5% 95.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.5%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $467,020 $569,384 $780,423 $1,027,915 $990,846
Total expenses, % change over prior year 42.6% 21.9% 37.1% 31.7% -3.6%
Personnel 30.6% 32.5% 27.7% 23.9% 25.5%
Professional fees 2.1% 2.9% 1.5% 1.4% 1.2%
Occupancy 4.8% 4.5% 3.7% 2.9% 3.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 55.0% 59.6% 65.2% 62.3%
All other expenses 62.5% 5.0% 7.4% 6.6% 7.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $468,460 $570,545 $781,558 $1,029,039 $991,970
One month of savings $38,918 $47,449 $65,035 $85,660 $82,571
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $6,346 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $513,724 $617,994 $846,593 $1,114,699 $1,074,541

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 5.4 4.3 4.6 3.7 6.0
Months of cash and investments 5.4 4.3 4.6 3.7 6.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.5 4.7 4.7 2.6 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $211,327 $204,040 $297,965 $318,570 $499,479
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $7,998 $0 $0 $6,000 $9,500
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $12,312 $12,312 $12,312 $12,312 $9,693
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 47.4% 56.8% 66.1% 75.2% 81.5%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 2.0% 1.6% 2.1% 15.4% 10.8%
Unrestricted net assets $257,710 $226,385 $312,079 $224,748 $369,232
Temporarily restricted net assets $31,995 $29,151 $52,711 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $31,995 $29,151 $52,711 $65,510 $132,083
Total net assets $289,705 $255,536 $364,790 $290,258 $501,315

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Executive Director

Madeline Robinson

Madeline Robinson has worked in the non-profit sector in a management or executive position for the past twenty years.  In that time she was instrumental in the growth and success of the "mom and pop" operation as it grew to become the second largest wish granting organization in the country.  She was primarily responsible for the development of all program services and setting up the procedure and qualification processes.  During her tenure with the organization, it grew from serving only children with life threatening illnesses to include new programs that benefit children whose lives have been affected by accidents, abuse, neglect and homelessness.  She also was instrumental in event planning and fundraising efforts. She received The Ethics Award from the University of Tampa Ethics Center for 2018 and was recognized at a breakfast in her honor.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Hal Williams

Allstate Insurance

Term: 2016 - 2022

Board co-chair

Tammy Dickman

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Term: 2020 - 2022

Hal Williams

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Susanne Gomez-Barnason

Florida Dept. of Revenue

Randy Knorr

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Dave Wright


Kimberly Perry

Kimberly Perry CPA

Terald Hopkins

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Tammy Dickman

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/1/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity


Sexual orientation