Better Business Bureau Report for
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Better Business Bureau Report issued November 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires November 2017

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana
Address: 1301 W. 22nd Street Suite 905
  Oak Brook, IL 60523
Phone: 630-623-5300
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1977, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community. RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a "home away from home".

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Evaluation Conclusions


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSES - Our five houses and three family rooms provide a "home away from home" to keep families together. The houses are located near Lurie Children's Hospital, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate Children's Hospital and Central DuPage Hospital. The family rooms are located inside Edward Hospital, Lurie Children's Hospital and University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital. The Houses allow families to eat, sleep and find the emotional support they need just blocks from where their child is being treated. In 2014 we provided 39,719 family nights offering them care and comfort during their hours of greatest need. CARE MOBILE - Our Care Mobile program, in partnership with Advocate Children's Hospital, provides essential health service to over 2,500 children in underserved areas in a mobile environment. Children receive check-ups, immunizations and referrals for specialty care, including asthma, cardiology and allergies. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - Our scholarship program provides 40 $4,000 a year renewable scholarships, to academically outstanding , community-minded and economically challenged young people to help fulfill their educational goals.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana's program expenses were:

Housing Operations 6,329,148
Grants and Scholarships 393,406
Total Program Expenses: $6,722,554
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Chief Executive : Douglas C Porter, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: William Budig
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CIO, True, LLC

Board Size: 48

Paid Staff Size: 80

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, membership
Fund raising costs were 11% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $5,341,051, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Fundraising 5,235,591
Contributions 3,794,100
In Kind Contributions 734,864
Rental Income 447,157
House Operations 282,387
In Kind 105,460
Dividends and Interest 89,674
Loss on disposal of fixed assets -5,032
Net Realized loss -76,476
Loss on asset held for resale -625,000
Total Income $9,982,725


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 77%  Fund Raising: 7%  Administrative: 13%  Other Expenses: 3%

Total income $9,982,725
Program expenses $6,722,554
Fund raising expenses 591,459
Administrative expenses 1,078,197
Other Expenses 221,565
Total expenses $8,613,775
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,368,950
Beginning net assets 59,581,315
Ending net assets 60,950,265
Total liabilities 5,310,478
Total assets $66,252,946

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