Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, Inc.
2502 Cherry Street
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 842-8321
Mission Statement

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families. We accomplish this this by providing a "home away from home" for families while their children are receiving medical treatment. This includes:

  • Creating a caring and uplifting environment
  • Providing comfortable lodging convenient to a health facility
  • Undertaking resource and fund development activities that support our facilities, programs and services

The four Ronald McDonald House Charities programs in Kansas City are:

 

  • Cherry Street House (2501 Cherry), opened in 1988: 19 bedrooms
  • The Family Room (inside Children's Mercy Hospital), opened in 1997: 7 bedrooms
  • Longfellow House (2502 Cherry), opened in 2006: 41 bedrooms
  • Wylie House (2525 Cherry), opened in 2015: 20 bedrooms

 

On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves 87 families with sick children.

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, families face emotional distress, financial strains and many other devastating consequences. Because of Ronald McDonald House Charities, families are not forced to spend their days and nights in a crowded waiting room or in the isolation of expensive hotel rooms. Instead, they come “home” to our Houses and Family Room and find a friendly face, a home-cooked meal, a comfortable bed, a hot shower and a calming place to rejuvenate. Instead of focusing on these worries, families can be close to their medically fragile child.

 
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tami Greenberg
Board Chair Mr. Jim Wagy
Board Chair Company Affiliation McDonald's Owner/Operator
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Heart of America
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $3,926,175
Projected Expenses $3,926,175
Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities is to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families. We accomplish this this by providing a "home away from home" for families while their children are receiving medical treatment. This includes:

  • Creating a caring and uplifting environment
  • Providing comfortable lodging convenient to a health facility
  • Undertaking resource and fund development activities that support our facilities, programs and services

The four Ronald McDonald House Charities programs in Kansas City are:

 

  • Cherry Street House (2501 Cherry), opened in 1988: 19 bedrooms
  • The Family Room (inside Children's Mercy Hospital), opened in 1997: 7 bedrooms
  • Longfellow House (2502 Cherry), opened in 2006: 41 bedrooms
  • Wylie House (2525 Cherry), opened in 2015: 20 bedrooms

 

On any given night, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City serves 87 families with sick children.

When a child is diagnosed with a serious illness, families face emotional distress, financial strains and many other devastating consequences. Because of Ronald McDonald House Charities, families are not forced to spend their days and nights in a crowded waiting room or in the isolation of expensive hotel rooms. Instead, they come “home” to our Houses and Family Room and find a friendly face, a home-cooked meal, a comfortable bed, a hot shower and a calming place to rejuvenate. Instead of focusing on these worries, families can be close to their medically fragile child.

 
Background Statement

The First of Its Kind: In 1973, Philadelphia Eagles football player, Fred Hill, and his wife, Fran, learned that their daughter, Kim, had leukemia. While traveling into Philadelphia for treatment, they met other families with sick children in a similar situation. Families, who drove hours to the hospital to be with their children, were sleeping overnight in waiting room chairs and eating from vending machines because they had nowhere else to go. Fred Hill and his football team decided to build these families a ‘home away from home’. The Philadelphia Eagles teamed up with local McDonald's owner/operators to raise money to purchase and restore a house near the hospital where these families could stay. Hence, the first Ronald McDonald House was born. Since that time, over 350 Houses have been built worldwide.

 

Kansas City History: The Kansas City Chapter (RMHC-KC) was established by a group of committed volunteers in 1980, and has served families with sick children for 35 years. Today we operate three Houses adjacent to Hospital Hill in Kansas City, MO. Together, the Houses provide temporary lodging for 80 families each night while their children undergo vital medical care. Twelve suites at the Longfellow House allow us to serve immunosuppressed children and their families (i.e. cancer patients and organ and bone marrow transplants). Our homes offer a warm and welcoming place to sleep, as well as full kitchen facilities, laundry facilities, living rooms and recreation areas to provide a comfortable environment where families may relax away from the stresses of the hospital and meet other families experiencing similar crises. 

 

Our 7-bedroom Ronald McDonald Family Room, located within Children’s Mercy Hospital, brings the comforts of home inside the hospital, providing support and respite for in-patient pediatric families. We provide sleeping/napping rooms to families with patients in the Intensive Care Units, and a kitchen, showers, quiet room, family conversation area with television and a small reference library. Each day, Children’s Mercy nursing staff from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Bone Marrow Transplant and Burn Unit work closely with us to triage which seven families are in the most critical situation for that evening, and need to spend the night at the Family Room. The concept of a Ronald McDonald Family Room was pioneered in Kansas City and since its inception has spread to more than 200 worldwide.

 

Impact Statement

In 2015, our Houses and Family Room provided temporary lodging for nearly 5,500 families; our Family Room also provided rest and respite for over 57,000 family members and visitors of in-patient children at Children's Mercy Hospital. The average length of a family stay was eight days, but treatments for some children required families to stay with us for three, six or even more months. By providing the comforts of home, warm meals and other supportive services to parents of sick children, we are a key member of Kansas City’s pediatric medical community. Instead of focusing on these worries, families can be near to and provide comfort for their medically fragile child, which studies have shown can have a positive effect on the child’s recovery.

 

2015 Key Accomplishments:
 

 

  • Successfully opened a third, 20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City
  • Successful implementation of our resource development plan to support growth in services in 2015
  • Met 95% of our strategic plan goals

 

 

Key goals for 2016:
 

 

  • Eliminate our waiting list for services by 500 families annually
  • Raise the necessary $3.2 million in financial resources needed annually to support the approximately 6,000 families we anticipate serving in 2016
  • Successfully complete the first year of our new 3-year strategic plan, with goals related to mission, money, brand and people

 

Needs Statement

Our top 5 pressing needs:

 

 

  1. We need financial support for general operating expenses. Research shows that accommodations provided by the Ronald McDonald House help improve family coping and resiliency during pediatric hospitalization. No gift is too small or large to help us keep families close to their sick children.
  2. Corporate support as a “charity of choice” helps us tell our story and enhance our brand. Companies can engage with our work in a variety of ways, which helps us grow our base of support.
  3. Volunteers are essential to our operations, every day! There are a variety of ways to contribute, as a one-time event or with an ongoing commitment.
  4. Planned giving is an extremely important source of support for us. Members of the Tomorrow’s Hope Legacy Society have identified RMHC-KC as a beneficiary in their estate plans, and are recognized in a beautiful and prominent location in our House.
  5. We maintain a “wish list” on our website, which is constantly updated to reflect the ongoing needs of the House. Frequently listed items include things like paper towels and other household items. Please check the list at www.rmhckc.org to see how you can help!

 

Service Categories
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Areas of Service
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

The greatest challenge – and opportunity - we face at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City continues to be the sweeping impact of our mission to reduce the burden of childhood illness on children and their families. Each of us has a personal experience with childhood illness, whether that is through a friend, colleague, family member or our own children.

Our services are brilliant in their simplicity. By providing a home-cooked meal, a hot shower, a warm bed and a safe, welcoming environment close to pediatric health care, we are able to lessen some of the most basics needs of a family in crisis.

As the Kansas City healthcare community continues to be recognized as national leader, the need for RMHC-KC only continues to grow. Prior to our recent expansion, we turned away more than 1,000 families per year. The Board is vigilantly monitoring our capacity and area hospitals’ growth plans to appropriately support families who come here for care.

I became involved with RMHC-KC as one of the thousands of visitors to the Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Children’s Mercy Hospital. During my daughter’s first hospital stay in 2001, my husband and I took a few brief breaks and ate volunteer-cooked meals in the Family Room. We had no idea that by 2015, we would be regulars in the Family Room during our daughter’s countless hospital admissions. RMHC would become our family, and we would become theirs.

It’s essential that our families who come to Kansas City during the crisis of a childhood illness are able to still function as a family. They should be able to stay together, eat together, play together and heal together.

 
- Diane Gallagher, American Century Investments, 2015 Board Chair 
Programs
Description

Together, the three Ronald McDonald Houses (Cherry Street House, Longfellow House and Wylie House) provide temporary lodging to 80 families each night while their children undergo vital medical care within the Kansas City area. In 2015, 58% of our families were from Kansas, 36% were from Missouri and 6% traveled to the Kansas City metro area from other states so their child could receive medical care. All three Houses offer a warm and welcoming environment, private guest rooms and bathrooms, well-stocked kitchens and pantries, laundry rooms and all supplies, living rooms and indoor and outdoor recreation areas to provide a homey environment where families may relax away from the stresses of the hospital and meet other families experiencing similar crises. The Longfellow House has 12 guest suites that also include private kitchenettes and living rooms in addition to their bedroom and bathroom. These guestrooms provide additional space and amenities to children with suppressed immune systems and their families. 

Program Budget $1,600,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Short-Term Success

Allow Children to Get the Best Care - When your child is sick, you want the best care possible – even if it is hundreds or thousands of miles away. Ronald McDonald Houses allow families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to stay at little or sometimes no cost. Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans when needed. It allows them to focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning or cooking meals.

Long-Term Success

Long-term success is to provide what sick children need the most ... their families. Our facilities, along with caring staff and volunteers, create a safe and comfortable environment where children and their parents can relax and receive support away from the stresses of a hospital setting. RMHC-KC makes every effort to meet all of the lodging and support needs of children and families coming to Kansas City for care. 

Program Success Monitored By RMHC-KC monitors its success through program statistical trends of referrals and families served, surveys of guests, volunteers and social workers at the referring hospitals, and anecdotal feedback from families while they are here and when they return home. Much of what we know about what is or is not working comes from direct feedback and daily interactions with the families and volunteers. 
Examples of Program Success
Occupancy rates in our three Houses operate consistently at 91%. Client satisfaction surveys reveal that 95% of our guest families are extremely satisfied with the services and amenities offered during their stay.  Our average length of stay in 2015 was 7.5 days. 
 
Some recent guests have sent the following comments on their guest surveys: "We are so happy and thankful that there is a place like this. Thank you for all you do." "The staff is so helpful. It feels like I am staying with family." "We felt comfortable the minute we walked in." "This place is a huge help for families, where friendliness and sympathy make a huge difference."
Description

The Family Room is a smaller version of our Ronald McDonald House. Located inside of Children's Mercy Hospital, it provides overnight lodging and respite for any family from the metro area or those traveling to Kansas City, whose child is in the Neonatal Intensive Care or Pediatric Intensive Care Unites. More than 60 percent of families served in the Family Room are Kansas Citians within a six county metropolitan area (i.e. Jackson, Platte, Cass, Clay, Wyandotte and Johnson counties). The Family Room has a large living area, fully stocked kitchen, patio, quiet room, small private bedrooms and laundry and shower facilities for families of any in-patient child to access for relaxation, naps or to visit with friends and family. 

Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Short-Term Success

When families walk into a Ronald McDonald Family Room, we want them to forget they’re in a hospital. Often steps away from a pediatric or intensive care unit, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms offer a place to rest and regroup right at the hospital, just steps away from their sick child. Research shows that a family presence in the hospital helps children heal and cope better. Staying close by allows parents to better communicate with their child’s medical team and improves adherence to complicated treatment plans. The Family Room provided temporary overnight lodging for 2,081 families; our Family Room provided respite for nearly 58,000 family and visitors of CMH inpatients.

Long-Term Success The Family Room is designed to give space, support and relief to families who are in emergency and critical situations. Until children never have to face the challenges of a serious illness or injury, RMHC-KC will exist and dedicate its purpose and efforts to meeting all of the lodging and support needs of children and families coming to Children's Mercy Hospital for care.
Program Success Monitored By RMHC-KC monitors its success within the Family Room program using statistical trends of families served either overnight or those who visit the Family Room daily, surveys of guests that are given by Children's Mercy and RMHC-KC, Volunteers and social workers at the referring hospitals, and anecdotal feedback from families while they are here and when they return home. Much of what we know about what is working and what is not comes from direct, daily interaction with the families and volunteers who help support the Family Room on so many different levels.
Examples of Program Success Our statistics demonstrate that we are successful - In 2015, 2,081 families received lodging at the Family Room and more than 58,000 visits were logged by families of in-patient children. Daily occupancy rates for the sleeping rooms hover at 81%. 
Description Going away to summer camp may seem out of reach for children on dialysis or who have had a kidney transplant. Not at Camp ChiMer! Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, with the support of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, is excited to present Camp ChiMer - summer camp specifically geared for children ages nine to 17 who are undergoing peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis or who have had a renal transplant. The camp is held on the scenic grounds of Lake Doniphan, a 100-acre privately owned facility east of Excelsior Springs, Mo. Children participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities while being carefully monitored daily by health care professionals. Here, kids with special kidney conditions can experience camp just like everybody else and build relationships, skills and self confidence that will last a lifetime.
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short-Term Success Research shows children who attend summer camp are more resilient and report higher levels of self confidence. In our fourth year of camp ninety percent of Camp ChiMer participants will report having an enjoyable camp experience with a desire to return the following year. They will further report learning a new skill and/or how to better manage their illness as a result of their camp experience. 
Long-Term Success Camp ChiMer will promote a community of care for campers that will result in their desire to give back and support camp once they reach the maximum age for attendance. Giving back may consist of returning as camp counselors, daytime volunteers and/or monetary gifts.  
Program Success Monitored By Campers, counselors, day volunteers and medical staff receive electronic surveys to measure their satisfaction and rate their overall camp experience.  
Examples of Program Success Kids love to come to Camp Chimer and tend to return year after year, for as long as their health allows. One participant summed it up: "Camp ChiMer is an awesome place for kids with kidney disease because you can enjoy summer without someone looking at you like you are strange because you have something hanging out of your stomach or chest. You can come here and everyone is the same as you!"  
CEO Comments

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City has been serving families of sick children for 35 years, and our need grows with each passing year. Between our three Houses and Family Room program, RMHC-KC hosts 87 families each night, most with children facing a serious medical crisis.

As partners in enabling family-centered care, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City strives to be part of the solution in impacting the lives of sick children and their families by providing services that strengthen families during difficult times.

When children must travel long distances to access top medical care, accommodations for families can be expensive or not readily available. Our Ronald McDonald House and Family Room programs help families stay close to their ill or injured children, increasing the caregivers’ ability to spend more time with their child, to interact with their clinical care team, and to participate in the critical medical care decisions.

Since inception, parents have shared with us in their own words how Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City has impacted their lives. Now published research underscores the role we play in keeping families together during times of medical crisis. A global team of researchers from around the country as well as top medical centers have collaborated with RMHC nationally to evaluate the impact of our programs. To date, the research has produced 10 published studies, presentations at professional meetings and advanced important new areas of understanding about our role in the community and the availability of accommodations in enabling family-centered care. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City has actively participated in these impact study projects.

When families face the uncertainty of childhood illness, we want to be there every time. One key challenge we continue to face in Kansas City is the high demand for our services. Opening the 20-bedroom Wylie House last year alleviated our waiting list for now, but expected future growth in critical pediatric care will likely challenge our ability to meet the future’s anticipated need.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Tami Greenberg
Term Start July 2015
Experience

Tami Greenberg has been the CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Kansas City since July 2015.  Previously she served as the President of the Mid America Chapter of the National MS Society, and the Senior VP of Strategy Development and Human Capital for United Way of Greater Kansas City.  Her earlier nonprofit experience includes roles at Good Samaritan Project, The Children’s Place, and the CASA Project.

Tami has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Kansas. She is a 2007 graduate of the Centurions leadership development program, and served for 2 years on the Centurions Alumni Board. In 2013 she completed the Kansas City Tomorrow program of the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City. She served as a member of the inaugural Mayor’s Challenge Cabinet in Kansas City Missouri, and chaired the Resources Committee. Tami was profiled in the Kansas City Star’s 2013 Thanksgiving cover story, “Saying thanks in 40 ways”, was recognized as a 2015 Woman of Influence by Kansas City Business magazine, and as a 2015 NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Holly Buckendahl 2008 2015 - June
Ms. Ann Jerome Feb 2001 - June 2008
Senior Staff
Title Administrative Director
Experience/Biography
Rene Larsen has been with RMHC-KC since June of 2004. She joined the team from State Street, where she was an Account Manager.  Rene holds a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Central Missouri.  She sits on the Finance Subcommittee of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Global Advisory Council.
 
As the Administrative Director, Rene is responsible for the oversight and management of the organization's business processes.
 
Title Program & Operations Director
Experience/Biography

April Hudson joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City as the Programs & Operations Director in February 2011. During her tenure at RMHC-KC April has increased occupancy rates in the House programs by 15%, expanded programming for guest families and supervised two major construction projects: a renovation of the Family Room program, located inside Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the construction of a third House, a 20-bedroom facility. Additionally she has facilitated several large capital projects including replacement of a failed geothermal heating and cooling system, an 80+ window replacement project, a 5,000 square foot basement remodel, and 11 bathroom remodels in our 28 year old House.

Prior to working for RMHC-KC April spent the past 15 years in the non-profit sector in the areas of domestic violence and child welfare. Prior to joining RMHC-KC, April managed all aspects of two residential programs, including supervision of 40 employees and coordinating facility maintenance. April earned her Bachelor’s degree at Fort Hays State University in western Kansas.

Title Marketing and Communications Director
Experience/Biography
Emily joined the RMHC-KC team in 2010, and began as a Marketing & Events Manager. As the need for a consistent marketing and communications plan became more apparent, she was named Marketing & Communications Director in 2014. She currently manages all marketing and communications efforts including advertising, direct mail, donation boxes, social media, digital and event-based collateral from the charity.
 
Emily was previously with local communications agency Trozzolo Communications Group. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas. 
Title Director of Development
Experience/Biography

Mike Jeffries joined RMHC-KC as the Director of Development in November 2015. His past experience in nonprofit leadership is extensive, holding the Executive Director position at the American Diabetes Association and a State Director position at the March of Dimes. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University Central Missouri. He currently sits on the Stormont-Vail Community Advisory Board.

Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 43
Paid Part-Time Staff 26
Volunteers 10000
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 83%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations

RMHC-KC relies on important collaborative support each year through new business development, Board of Director contacts/outreach, our Advisory Board, and through successful marketing and communications efforts. Our mission is strong and easily understood, making our story easy to share and implement with the help of others.

RMHC-KC is independently governed and develops individual relationships with local McDonald's owner/operators.  These owners wholeheartedly support the charity by personally providing financial, volunteer and in-kind support. This includes the placement of donation boxes in each restaurant, making it easy for the community to support families facing medical crisis. Overall, funds that collected by local restaurants contribute between 18-20% of our annual operating budget. We value our long-standing partnership with McDonald's as well as the support we receive from the entire community to help us fulfill our mission.

RMHC-KC also partners with area medical professionals to support families facing childhood illness. More than 90% of our referrals are generated by Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the remaining 10% are from the University of Kansas Hospital, St. Luke’s Health Systems, the Rehabilitation Institute, Overland Park Regional Hospital, etc. 

Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
America's Top 100 CharitiesWorth Magazine2002
America's Top 100 CharitiesWorth Magazine2001
Merit Award for Unbuilt ArchitectureAmerican Institute of Architects2005
Citation Award Built ArchitectureAmerican Institute of Architects2006
Excellence in Construction AwardAssociated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Heart of America Chapter2006
Top 3 Golf Tournaments in Kansas CityThe Independent2007
Top 3 Golf Tournaments in Kansas CityThe Independent2008
Philly Award for Red Shoe Shindig InvitationCouncil on Philathropy2007
1st Place for Video PresentationNon-Profit Connect Annual Midwest Conference2009
1st Place The People's Choice AwardNon-Profit Connect Annual Midwest Conference2009
Jan Regan - Volunteer of the YearNP Connect2014
Top 2 Golf Tournaments in Kansas CityThe Independent2015
Top 3 Golf Tournaments in Kansas CityThe Independent2014
Impact AwardKansas City Business Journal2015
Hearts & Hands AwardRonald McDonald House Charities Global2016
Rising Star AwardThe Independent2016
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Our staffing team is comprised of 42 full and part-time talented individuals. Four senior directors report to the CEO to ensure smooth and accountable business operations. They include a Programs & Operations Director, Development Director, Marketing and Communications Director and Administrative Director. All other staff report to these key positions. RMHC-KC prides itself on offering high quality services for families in crisis, and is viewed as a leader throughout the Ronald McDonald House Charities worldwide network. Each year staff participates on national committees and present at local and national conferences on best practices for operating, marketing, development and governance strategies employed.

Our Board of Directors' essential duties include governance and fiduciary responsibilities, in addition to raising resources to fund the mission. Board expectations of personal giving, donor stewardship, event attendance and committee participation are in place. The board’s executive committee is comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer/Secretary, and Chairs of the Development, Programs, and Operations Committees. One hundred percent of board members give financially, and are expected to make a personal gift of at least $1,000 each year. They are also expected to participate on at least one committee and attend RMHC-KC fundraising events. Last year the board generated about $235,000 in corporate gifts (top company gift was $113,000) and $96,000 in personal gifts (top individual board member gift was $21,000). The average board member personal gift was $5,353.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Jim Wagy
Company Affiliation McDonald's Owner/Operator
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Email jimwagy@me.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Doug Blowey Children's Mercy Hospital & Clinics
Mr. Ron Coker Burns McDonnell
Ms. Joyce Dryden McDonald's Corporation
Mr. Tyler Epp Kansas City Chiefs
Mr. Mike Goff Barclay
Ms. Gretchen Gold Lathrop & Gage
Mr. Mike Gremaud McDonald's Owner/Operator
Mr. Jon Gribble Black & Veatch
Mr. Donn Hess Lockton Retirement Services
Ms. Sheri Johnson Morningstar Communications Co
Mr. Trent Jones Merrill Lynch
Ms. Darlia Morris Premium Nutritional Products/ZuPreem
Mr. Paul Neidlein J. E. Dunn Construction
Ms. Kerri Reisdorff Ogletree Deakins
Ms. Jodi Robinson CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann
Mr. Mark Searles Searles & Associates
Ms. Jo Stueve Children's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Jim Wagy McDonalds Owner/Operator
Mr. Jim Walsh DST Systems
Ms. Stephanie Williams Lockton Companies
Ms. Julie Zanone Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 21
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 72%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Program / Program Planning
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Audit
Investment
Marketing
Operations
Volunteer
Advisory Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Bob Bernstein Bernstein-Rein Advertizing
Mr. Gerry Brenneman Polsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus PC
Mrs. Marilyn Dobski McDonald's
Mrs. Lisa Essig Essig & Associates
Dr. Laura Fitzmaurice Children's Mercy Hospital
Dr. Milton A Fowler Jr. MDChildren's Mercy Hospital & Clinics
Ms. Diane Gallagher American Century
Mr. David Gentile Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Mr. Ed Honesty Best Harvest Bakeries
Mr. Jeff Jernigan Union Bank
Mr. Ralph King King's Management Co. Inc.
Mr. Kevin Kramer Bank Midwest
Mrs. Kay Martin Community Volunteer
Mrs. Jean McDonnell Civic Volunteer
Mr. Steve McDowell BNIM Architects
Mr. Mark McHenry KCMO Parks & Recreation
Mr. Doug Peete Doug Peete & Associates
Mrs. Ann Regnier Civic Volunteer
Mr. Don Swartz Swartz + Associates, Inc.
Ms. Marsha Voran Community Volunteer
Dr. Brad Warady Children's Mercy Hospital
CEO Comments

While Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City cannot cure a child, we do provide a home where a family can find respite and an environment to rejuvenate. Studies conclude that close proximity to the hospital, facilitated by programs such as a Ronald McDonald House, provides important benefits for the family experience, psychological well-being, and perceptions of child recovery (Franck et al., Families, Systems, & Health – 2013). Each day, 87 families benefit from staying at one of Kansas City’s four program locations. Kansas City’s Board of Directors, comprised of 21 talented and dedicated leaders, assume an important role of board governance, fundraising and ensuring sound business practices to ensure that our mission for families is possible.

In partnership with the staff, the Board built a new 2016-2018 strategic plan, with the pillars of Mission, Money, Brand and People.  Strategic goals for the next three years include: 1) Assessing the need for additional RMHC-KC programs in this area; 2) Creating a master facilities plan for our campus; 3) Generating sustainable revenue to support operations, growth and innovation; 4) Enhancing the RMHC-KC brand; 5) Providing a "best in class" volunteer experience; and 6) Demonstrating an "employer of choice" workplace culture.

Despite recently opening a new 20-bedroom Ronald McDonald House, our biggest challenge is the ability to meet the growing needs of families seeking a "home away from home" during times of critical childhood illness. As our hospital partners continue to expand, so will the need for our Family Room and Ronald McDonald House programs.
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $3,926,175
Projected Expenses $3,926,175
Endowment Value $1,000,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5%
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2014: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FY 2013, 2012: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements. 
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,650,443$3,035,433$1,201,517
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal--$0$0
State--$0$0
Local--$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions--$1,736,223$575,453
$62,247$0$0
$243,971$284,526$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$625,261$396,198$200,603
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$490,819$302,972$532,312
Revenue In-Kind$526,768$506,270$592,366
Other$26,920$0$104,362
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$1,860,906$1,986,297$1,705,971
Administration Expense$227,472$220,858$205,061
Fundraising Expense$722,969$577,568$452,957
Payments to Affiliates--$49,513$70,689
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.002.211.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%70%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue17%11%20%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$21,105,652$17,921,081$14,779,914
Current Assets$2,515,879$6,206,970$780,826
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$265,384
Current Liabilities$985,136$84,517$105,372
Total Net Assets$20,120,516$17,836,564$14,409,158
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.5573.447.41
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountSprint Nextel Corporation $468,000JE & LE Mabee Foundation $50,000DST $288,250
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRonald McDonald House Charities, Inc. global initiatives $393,974Individual $500,000Tempur-Pedic North America Inc $284,591
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountElmer L. Orr Trust $251,944Individual $300,600McDonald's Heart of America Co-Op $156,970
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Financially, Ronald McDonald House Charities - Kansas City has an impeccable record of stewardship of dollars contributed to its mission since it was incorporated in 1979. Over our 35-year history, the charity has worked hard to maintain a committed donor base, and simultaneously grow new opportunities. Individuals, corporations and foundations have been generous and continue to give as the demand for our services grows.

We are also fortunate to also have a blend of investments that include a permanently restricted endowment. In 2015, the Board reviewed its strategy for our investments and empowerment that includes cash reserves, capital improvement, and endowment growth to ensure the longevity and strength of the charity well into the future.

Five years ago the Charity established Tomorrow’s Hope Legacy Society with an aim to continue to strengthen the mission with giving opportunities. Generous donors who thoughtfully include Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, Inc. in their estate plans are considered members of Tomorrow’s Hope Legacy Society. Legacy Society members continue our tradition of committed people serving others, while ensuring our strength, well into the future. Qualifying gifts include bequests, charitable trusts, annuities, remainder interests in property, retirement plan assets and IRAs, survivorship designations and life insurance. Legacy Society members with a minimum gift valued at $10,000 will receive recognition in the form of whimsical acrylic stained glass hearts, dedicated in their names.

Ronald McDonald House Charities is exceedingly grateful for the generous and committed support that has been granted by members of this community, allowing us to keep thousands of families close to their sick children every year.
 
 
Organization Name Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, Inc.
Address 2502 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Primary Phone (816) 842-8321
Contact Email ceo@rmhckc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Tami Greenberg
Board Chair Mr. Jim Wagy
Board Chair Company Affiliation McDonald's Owner/Operator
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Heart of America