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

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2015

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: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana provides housing for families of pediatric patients being cared for in their partner hospitals.

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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 House Charities execute their mission via four program areas: 1) Ronald McDonald Houses: Their four current Houses provide housing to keep families together. In 2012, they provided over 30,000 nights to families, offering them care and comfort during their hours of greatest need; 2) Ronald McDonald Family Room and sleep rooms: The Ronald McDonald Family Room in Edward Hospital provides a haven of respite and hospitality to families whose children are in treatment at the hospital. They offer sleep rooms in Edward Hospital, University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital and Lurie Children's Hospital; 3) The Care Mobile program, in partnership with Advocate Children’s Hospital, provides essential health services to children in under-served areas in a mobile environment; and 4) Their Scholarship Program provides $4,000/year, renewable scholarships to academically outstanding, community-minded and economically challenged young people. Winners are selected each Spring by RMHC-CNI’s Educational Committee. Since 2006, RMHC has awarded more than $1 million dollars to 81 students and has assisted 31 students in achieving college degrees.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana's program expenses were:

Housing Operations 4,712,698
Grants and Scholarships 385,849
Total Program Expenses: $5,098,547
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Chief Executive : Doug Porter, Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Lorraine Klemz
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: President at Lorraine Nelson Consulting, Inc.

Board Size: 47

Paid Staff Size: 60

*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, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, membership
Fund raising costs were 7% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $11,895,985, 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, 2012.

Source of Funds  
Gain on sale of fixed assets 4,982,606
Fundraising Events 4,881,238
Contributions 4,087,922
In-Kind Contributions 2,926,825
Room Rental and house operations 225,159
Net unrealized gain on investments 178,212
Rental Income 169,056
Dividends and interest 15,601
Total Income $17,466,619


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 71%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative: 14%  Other Expenses: 3%

Total income $17,466,619
Program expenses $5,098,547
Fund raising expenses 845,824
Administrative expenses 1,037,785
Other Expenses 215,203
Total expenses $7,197,359
Income in Excess of Expenses 10,269,260
Beginning net assets 42,883,344
Ending net assets 53,152,604
Total liabilities 11,297,636
Total assets $64,450,240

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