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How Does McDonald's Help?

McDonald’s played a vital role at the inception of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, the first Ronald McDonald House in the world, that opened on October 15, 1974. After 40 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and our local McDonald’s owner/operators remain committed to supporting our programs. Each year, the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House receives 10 percent of its annual budget from the local chapter of RMHC – RMHC of the Philadelphia Region. RMHC of the Philadelphia Region is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that receives its support from the owners/operators of the more than 300 McDonald’s Restaurants in the region (including the greater Philadelphia area, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware). This funding comes from in-store canister donations, Shamrock Shake sale proceeds, and other promotions and annual gifts. The McDonald’s Owners/Operators of the Greater Philadelphia Region involvement extends beyond monetary support. McDonald’s owner/operators and suppliers work to raise money and awareness through promotional and fundraising events. Local McDonald’s employees are dedicated volunteers.

The remaining 90 percent of our annual budget comes from the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations.