Our Relationship with McDonald's
Globally, Ronald McDonald House Charities has been McDonald’s ‘charity of choice’ from the day the first Ronald McDonald House opened in 1974. Locally, each Ronald McDonald House Chapter is independently operated and develops an individual relationship with the owner/operators and the McDonald’s restaurants within their community.
Our local McDonald’s restaurants wholeheartedly support our Mid-Missouri chapter. Owner/operators regularly provide financial, volunteer, and in-kind product support. These individuals also serve on our Board of Directors and steering committees and are advocates for our cause. Owner/Operators and their suppliers partner with us on our biggest fundraisers including our Red Shoe Gala, the Red Shoe Bike Ride, the FORE The House golf tournament and Build a House for the House Gingerbread Competition and Display.
Donation boxes are also placed in each local restaurant, which makes it easy for the community to support families facing a medical crisis.
Other examples of McDonald’s involvement include:
- A percentage of in-restaurant sales of USA Today are donated to RMHC.
- McDonald’s conducts in-store annual fundraisers like ‘McHappy Day®’ and Day of Change.
- McDonald’s employees volunteer regularly.
Local McDonald’s owner/operators graciously fund a portion of our annual operating budget, but the remainder of our operating income comes from the generosity of individual and corporate donors. We greatly value support from our local McDonald’s restaurants, but no one company can solely fund our programs and our projected growth. We need the support of the entire community and appreciate any support you can afford to RMHC of Mid-Missouri, whether it’s through cash donations, your time, or fundraising efforts.