Ronald McDonald House Charities

Keeping Families Close Since 1974.

We care about the well being of children and families. In 1974, we helped open the first Ronald McDonald House — a “home-away-from-home” just steps away from a hospital for families with sick children. To this day, we stand by RMHC in their mission to provide support, stability, and access to resources for children and families around the world. Each year, we proudly help RMHC impact the lives of nearly 6 million children and families in your neighborhood and communities around the world.


Every penny counts

Every time you buy a Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal, we donate a penny to support RMHC programs and services, including: Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program. Since 2010, over $30 million has been raised to help keep families with sick children close to each other and the care that they need.

Helping is easy

Because we know you care about the well-being of children as much as we do, we offer a variety of opportunities for our customers to support RMHC as well.

Throughout the year, you can find RMHC Donation Boxes in participating restaurants. These allow you to donate directly to RMHC and the Chapter in your community every time you visit our restaurants. No donation is too small, and every contribution helps keep families with sick children close to the care and resources they need to thrive.


Once a year, McDonald’s restaurants across the country participate in a national fundraiser for RMHC. Customers can donate directly to RMHC in a bigger way during this national fundraiser. Restaurants compete with each other to raise the most money for RMHC, and the ultimate winners are the RMHC families who benefit from a comforting place to take a break, have a hot meal, get some sleep, and so much more. This year, the fundraiser is November 1-13, 2016.

Since 2004, our customers have donated $50 million to support RMHC families through our annual national fundraisers alone. It takes about $80 to keep one family close at Ronald McDonald House each night. Through your donations, RMHC has been able to help families stay close to their sick child for more than 625,000 nights.

When you visit our participating restaurants in October, you can also be a part of the RMHC Day of Change–a one-day fundraising event where customers are encouraged to fill RMHC Donation Boxes. Each full Donation Box can cover the cost of one night at a Ronald McDonald House. This event is held on October 15th each year–the anniversary of the very first opening of a Ronald McDonald House.

Thank you in advance

Giving is a part of our culture. So whether you're dropping spare change in a RMHC Donation Box, participating in the national fundraiser, or purchasing a Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal, you're helping to keep families together during the times they need each other most.

RMHC is at the heart of McDonald's. Together with customers and RMHC supporters like you, we can give back to RMHC and the communities we serve, making a real difference.

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