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Ronald McDonald House Charities® Global

Our History

  • 1974

    The Beginning

    First Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Philadelphia, PA is opened

  • 1984

    RMHC Established

    Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is officially established in memory of Ray Kroc, McDonald’s Corporate founder and strong advocate for children.


  • 1985

    RMHC/Hacer Scholarship

    RMHC/Hacer Scholarship is established providing scholarships to Hispanic High School Students in need. (Additional scholarships were added in 2001)

  • 1992

    First Family Room

    First Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) is created at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, KS.


  • 1997

    Matching Grant Program

    RMHC Matching Grant program developed for local chapters to provide impactful grants to local non-profits helping children face a need in their community.

  • 2000

    Care Mobiles

    First Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) launched in Worcester, MA to provide medical, dental and health education services to vulnerable children.


  • 2015

    RMHC Worldwide

    RMHC is represented throughout the world in the following breakdown:

    • 357 Ronald McDonald Houses in 42 countries and regions
    • 206 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in 23 countries and regions
    • 49 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles in 9 countries and regions
  • 2019

    RMHC Global Today

    Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions with:

    • 368 Ronald McDonald Houses
    • 250 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms
    • 49 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles
    • Grants to non-profit organizations focusing on children’s needs
    • Chapters around the world creating country-specific programs