Our Relationship with McDonald’s
San Francisco’s first Ronald McDonald House was established in 1989 as the 119th location in a network that has grown to nearly 350 Houses worldwide. We are grateful to McDonald’s for its lead role in launching this critical support system for families in need. The combined support of McDonald’s-related organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, makes McDonald’s our largest corporate donor.
Today, Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco is a 501(c)(3) independent non-profit organization, with two Ronald McDonald Houses – our original House on Scott Street, near Japantown, and our new House inside UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital at Mission Bay.
The McDonald’s restaurant owners in our region are generous and supportive of our efforts to expand to serve more families. These local owners stepped forward to support our five year Hearts & Hands Campaign for expansion, currently in its final year. All of the owners – 100% – made personal gifts that total over $1 million to our campaign and annual operations. They were equally generous with Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, which operates independently in our same region.
Through Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bay Area, McDonald’s and the restaurant owners also meticulously account for customer donations made through the donation boxes in the restaurants, seasonal shakes promotions, Give a Hand fundraiser and other activities. McDonald’s customers, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity to the children and families we serve.
Although McDonald’s is our largest corporate donor, no company can solely fund our programs and projected growth. Ronald McDonald House of San Francisco counts on the support of the entire community. We ask you to join us in support of families staying at our two Houses. At the darkest moment of their lives, these families learn that wonderful people and organizations they do not even know – our supporters – care about them and, through their gifts, reach out to them and lighten their load.