Our Relationship with McDonald's


Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, Inc. is an independent 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization. While we are neither owned nor operated by McDonald’s or RMHC, they are an integral part of our history and an ongoing source of support.

McDonald’s Corporation: Roy Kroc, McDonald’s founder and CEO, initially pledged $25,000 to the first Ronald McDonald House. Local owner/operators raised thousands more through in-store promotions. Since that House’s 1974 opening in Philadelphia, McDonald’s Corporation has licensed the Ronald McDonald name to 365 Houses worldwide, a number that continues to grow. Upon his passing, Ray Kroc left a $500,000 permanent endowment to each House, while his wife Joan left $250,000 for each House’s operations.

Local McDonald’s Owner/Operators: McDonald’s Owner/Operators of Northeast Ohio pledged $250,000 seed money for the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, the ninth House in the world when it opened in 1979. In 2011 they donated another $1 million toward the expansion and renovation of our current 55-family facility. For the past 40 years, local franchisees have also supported our House with donations, volunteerism and board/committee involvement.

RMHC: Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is the global organization that provides us with licensing of the Ronald McDonald name, branding, training and development support. The local chapter, RMHC of Northeast Ohio receives donations collected at area McDonald’s and provides us with an $80,000 annual contribution, which is approximately 3% of our yearly operating budget. RMHC-NEO also donated $50,000 toward our recent capital campaign.