McDonald’s is a huge corporation and its commitment to charity is pretty large as well. What started in 1937 with a small California food stand has now grown into a chain of over 34,000 restaurants operating worldwide with a focus on philanthropy centered around some of its most dedicated customers, kids. And while its major commitment to the Ronald McDonald House Charities is its overall focus, its grants support many other organizations that help children, provide a scholarship program to students and offer small education grants that assist schools in some markets here in the United States.
Ronald McDonald House Charities
The Ronald McDonald House was started in 1974. While the organization derives support from a number of sources, McDonald’s is its largest corporate donor. The charity offers support to families whose children become hospitalized, offering housing and support to families at little or no cost. It has 290 local chapters that operate in 59 countries. Currently these provide 329 houses, 192 family rooms and 50 care mobiles.
In addition to operating Ronald McDonald Houses, RMHC also provides a large amount of grant support to international organizations and to some right here at home. All programs it support benefit the health and well-being of children. This program allows RMHC to expand its impact to areas not supported by the organization itself. For grant guidelines and examples of past grant recipients, check out this link.
RMHC also provides a large scholarship program to students inside the United States. Since 1985, it has awarded over $52 million in education funding to help top students attend colleges and universities. Scholarships are offered by both the RMHC national headquarters and local RMHC chapters as well. Applications are accepted online from October 1 through the January 21 deadline for each upcoming school year. If you have any questions about how you can apply for these RMHC United States Scholarships, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free 1-855-670-4787.
This partnership between Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research sends four Hispanic students to college each year with huge $100,000 scholarships. Many local scholarships are awarded each year by local RMHC chapters and start at $1,000.
RMHC Community Grants Programs
Many RMHC chapters offer grants in their own local areas that support the work of other non-profit organizations that focus on the needs of children. These chapters provide financial support by way of grants through the umbrella of the RMHC Community Grants Program. If your local organization works with children and is in need of funding, contact your local RMHC to find out if it offers financial support to groups like yours in your city or town. Here are a few examples of local RMHC chapters and the grants they offer in the areas they serve.
RMHC of the Capitol Region
Provides local assistance to non-profit organizations located in the Albany, NY area focusing their support on health care, education, arts and social services that benefit children. Contact Lisa Connally via email at email@example.com or by calling 518-438-2655 to inquire.
RMHC of Denver
Supports area programs with 501c3 status which benefit children in the Denver, CO market. To receive an application, dial 303-861-1754.
RMHC Miami Valley Region
Provides funding to non-profit charities in the Dayton, OH area that support local children through donations at area restaurants. For more information, contact Rita Cyr by dialing 937-224-0047, ext. 17 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
McDonald’s Classroom Grants
While not offered everywhere, many local franchisees give back to their communities by providing small education grants like this local Kansas program offered in Colby, Hays, Russell and WaKeeney. This year five teachers were selected to receive $500 each and ten others were selected to receive $250 each to use in their classrooms to create engaging hands-on learning experiences not possible without additional funding. If you are a teacher looking for a small financial push for a class project or other classroom need, you should reach out to your local McDonald’s to see if it offers a similar grant in your area. Call your local restaurant and speak to the manager to find out if they support education through these community classroom grants.