OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH McDONALD'S
RMHC Founding Mission Partner Since 1974
The first Ronald McDonald House opened on October 15, 1974 in Philadelphia thanks to Dr. Audrey Evans and Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill. Fred’s daughter, Kim, had leukemia and as a result of their experience with the illness, took the opportunity to provide a place for all families who may need to travel to give their own children the highest level of care. The McDonald’s owner/operators in Philadelphia made the first House possible by donating proceeds from the sale of Shamrock Shakes.
Today, each McDonald’s store contributes differently toward the success of their local Houses. In Nebraska, each store has a donation box connected both inside and outside of the restaurant designed to collect spare change. This accumulates to become approximately 17% of the annual budget of the one and only House in the state, located in Omaha. Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha opened its doors in 1994. Originally, the owner/operators and small board opened a 10-room home. As the need grew, an expansion to double the size to a 20-room facility took place soon after.
Ronald McDonald House Charities has been McDonald’s ‘charity of choice’ since the first House was opened. McDonald’s restaurants are a significant partner in the development of all Ronald McDonald Houses around that world. However, each Ronald McDonald House is independently operated and develops their own relationship with their local McDonald’s restaurants.
The McDonald’s Corporation provides a license agreement allowing each Ronald McDonald House to use the trademarks of the Corporation. Each Ronald McDonald House is run by its own Board of Directors, creates its own mission and develops their own budget and fundraising process. Each Ronald McDonald House is responsible for creating its own fundraiser relationship with their local McDonald’s owner/operators.
Omaha’s local McDonald’s restaurants support Ronald McDonald Charities in Omaha by providing us financial help for specific projects or events, volunteer and in-kind support. Throughout the year, McDonald’s restaurants in Omaha host fundraisers inside and outside the restaurants. During the holiday shopping season, local McDonald’s restaurants coordinate a Giving Tree campaign to collect household items for the House. This makes it easy for the community to get involved and support Ronald McDonald House Charities in Omaha.