Our Relations with McDonald’s
RMHC® has been McDonald’s Charity of Choice for more than 36 years.
McDonald’s is our largest corporate donor. The partnership between McDonald’s Corporation, its owner/operators and Ronald McDonald House Charities and its Chapters dates back to the inception of the charitable organization. It started with an unlikely partnership between an NFL team, a children’s hospital and McDonald’s, who wanted to create a home-away-from-home for families with seriously ill children. For more than 39 years, McDonald’s support of the non-profit 501© (3) organization has allowed RMHC to grow to provide stability and resources to families in 58 countries and regions.
McDonald’s support of RMHC takes on many forms.
Portions of the annual operating costs for Ronald McDonald Houses are graciously funded by McDonald’s and owner/operators of local McDonald’s restaurants. The remainder of our annual operating income comes from the generosity of individual and corporate donors. Collectively, McDonald’s utilize their restaurants, advertising dollars, packaging and crew to create customer awareness and support for the charity. Staff and owner/operators participate in local and global boards and volunteer their time. In restaurant fundraisers are held throughout the year: RMHC Donation Boxes placed on the counters and in the drive-thru at participating McDonald’s restaurants are the largest source of ongoing fundraising, with nearly $27 million raised in 2011 in the U.S. alone. McDonald’s conducts a world-wide fundraiser annually – McHappy Day. Since 2002, over $170 million has been raised. In many countries, proceeds from Happy Meals, fries, Big Macs, etc., go to support RMHC and its local Chapters.
McDonald’s supports every level of the Charity.
McDonald’s Corporation, its owner/operators, crew members, suppliers and business partners are involved in every level of the Charity – on the global, country and local level. Members of the McDonald’s family serve as volunteers on the Boards and committees of the local Chapters, working alongside other members of their community.
Although McDonald’s is our largest corporate donor, no company can solely fund RMHC programs and our projected growth. We need the support of the entire community and greatly value any support you can offer to RMHC, whether it’s through cash donations, your time or fundraising efforts.
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