Our McDonald’s Relationship

Ronald McDonald Houses have been McDonald’s “charity of choice” since the first House was founded in Philadelphia in 1974.

Ronald McDonald House of Indiana is an independent non-for-profit organization governed by a local board of directors.  McDonald’s is one of our significant corporate donors.  Portions of our annual operating costs are contributed through our relationships with Central Indiana McDonald’s owner/operators and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana (RMHCCI).

This includes funds contributed by McDonald’s customers, through Ronald McDonald House Charities donation boxes hosted in Central Indiana restaurants, of which 30% goes directly to support the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.  Additionally, funding is provided by RMHC of Central Indiana through grants to support the House’s annual ongoing programming.  McDonald’s owner/operators also have a history of making substantial contributions to RMHI building and expansion projects.

McDonald’s involvement extends even beyond the above to include:

  • McDonald’s employees support the RMHI as volunteers and meal program participants.
  • McDonald’s owner/operators and corporate employees are represented on the RMHI Board of Directors and various committees.
  • McDonald’s owner/operators and the regional corporate office often sponsor and/or attend RMHI fundraising events and activities.
  • The McDonald’s network of suppliers often provides both monetary support and in-kind donations of services and supplies.

Although McDonald’s is a loyal and generous corporate donor, no one company can solely fund the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana.  The remainder of our annual operating income is secured through the generosity of individuals, foundations, civic & service organizations, churches, schools and many other corporate donors.  We depend on the entire Central Indiana community and greatly value the wide range of support for our very important mission.


Our Relationship with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health

The Ronald McDonald House of Indiana is a partner in care with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, helping the hospital to change the outcome for children and families from across the United States and around the world.  The Ronald McDonald House is an independent not-for-profit organization neither owned nor operated by Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.  The hospital, however, provides generous support to our House in the form of in-kind support, event sponsorships and collaboration on committees and projects.  In addition, hospital leadership staff members serve on our board of directors.

Through our partnership with Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health and other Indianapolis-area hospitals, the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana helps provide family-centered care, a highly researched, strategic approach to caring for sick or injured children that more fully engages parents, siblings and family members in a child’s healing process.  The Ronald McDonald House addresses the most basic needs of a family – shelter, food and support – so that they can focus all their energy on their child.  Our House, as part of the family centered care system, will help children heal faster, stay healthy longer and take comfort in the closeness of loved ones.


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