Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City, Inc.
2502 Cherry Street
Kansas City MO 64108
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (816) 842-8321
Fax 816- 842-7033
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 keeping families close to their sick children and the care they need. 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
  • Leveraging community partnerships with affiliated programs that comfort and assist children with health concerns and their families

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

  • Bernstein 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 Ms. Darlia Morris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Premium Nutritional Products/ZuPreem
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Heart of America
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Many thousands of families with sick children are helped each year by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City.  With a small full-time staff, we are dependent on a large community of donors and volunteers who are compassionate, generous, and dedicated to the needs of our families.

Financial gifts are a key component of our ability to keep families close to their sick children. We are grateful for gifts by check, credit card, in-kind donations, and legacy gifts made through estate plans. We also have special fundraising events such as the Red Shoe Shindig and the Trent Green Golf Classic. You may give online by going to our website at https://www.rmhckc.org/donate/

Volunteering is another important way to help serve families with sick children. Individuals or groups can enjoy fun and rewarding experiences by volunteering their time and talents. Volunteers support our Family Room and Houses on a regular basis by staffing the front desks, providing assistance to families, performing light housekeeping, general hospitality, maintenance, etc. Volunteer groups are needed to provide meals for families, and assistance is always needed for large projects such as yard work, gardening, painting, window cleaning, and basement organizing/cleaning.
 
Volunteer projects are available for groups, businesses, individuals, and families. Please visit our website at https://www.rmhckc.org/how-you-can-help/ for more information. 
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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 keeping families close to their sick children and the care they need. 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
  • Leveraging community partnerships with affiliated programs that comfort and assist children with health concerns and their families

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

  • Bernstein 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. Pediatric oncologist Dr. Audrey Evans had the idea that these families needed a "home away from home" while their children were undergoing chemotherapy and other complex medical treatments.  Fred Hill, the Philadelphia Eagles, McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, and local McDonald's owner/operators teamed up 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, opening Kansas City's first Ronald McDonald House in 1981.  Here in KC we have served families with sick children for nearly 40 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 2018, our Houses and Family Room served 7,685 families; and our Family Room provided rest and respite for over 60,000 family members and visitors of in-patient children at Children's Mercy Hospital. The average length of a family stay was six nights, but treatments for some children required families to stay with us for three or 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 worries about food, lodging, and support, 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.
 
2018 Key Accomplishments:
  • Served 7,685 unique families.
  • Provided overnight lodging to 5,437 (unduplicated) families with sick children, and provided respite and support to an additional 2,248 (unduplicated) families in the Family Room inside Children's Mercy.
  • Hosted over 60,000 individual visitors in the Family Room.
  • Provided comprehensive meal and other support programs for families we serve, with the help of more than 17,500 volunteers.
  • Achieved 83% of the targets identified in our strategic plan, and the targets that were not achieved only missed their goal by a few percentage points.
 
Key goals for 2019:
  • Enhance our programming and invest in organizational infrastructure
  • Finalize and execute our master facilities plan with an integrated campus model, including improved safety, parking, and a Serenity Garden for our families.
  • Grow financial support, to ensure long term financial sustainability and ongoing delivery of the mission
  • Establish RMHC-KC as one of Kansas City's preeminent charitable brands
  • Ensure ongoing operational and business excellence
  • Ensure a continued healthy and positive staff culture, with an emphasis on professional development
Needs Statement
Our top 5 pressing needs:
#1:  We need financial support for general operating expenses. Research shows that accommodations provided by Ronald McDonald House Charities help improve family coping and resiliency during pediatric hospitalization. Every gift, small and large, helps 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 be a part of our work in a variety of ways, which helps us grow our base of support, and helps companies engage their employees in meaningful ways.
 
#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 supply needs of families at our Houses. Frequently listed items include things like paper towels and other household items. Please check the list at www.rmhckc.org/how-you-can-help/wish-lists to see the specific items we need right now!
Service Categories
Family Services
Areas of Service
International
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MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
AL
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CO
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Geographic Area Served Narrative We are located in proximity to (and within) Children's Mercy Hospital.  We serve families from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area, in particular through our Family Room program inside the hospital...  And we serve families from all around the country and world, who travel to Kansas City for specialized medical care.  Each year we welcome families from at least 35 other states, and from 2-3 other countries.  Our only requirement for service is that a family has a seriously ill or injured child.  Our services are provided without charge and without a financial "means" test, because we know that no amount of money can buy what a family needs most during this time:  Time, access, and proximity to their sick child, with stress relief for their own basic needs.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

I always say that the work we do here at Ronald McDonald House Charities is sacred – because there’s nothing that matters more to any parent than the health of their child.  When a family needs to stay in a Ronald McDonald House, or when they are visiting the Family Room inside Children's Mercy, they are having one of life’s most vulnerable, raw, and frightening experiences.  Their time with us may be miraculous, or tragic, but it will always be one of the most important times of their life.

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 meet some of the most basic needs of a family in crisis. And it's not just lodging and meals that we provide - it's the wraparound love and support that are hallmarks of being in the Ronald McDonald House "family". We reduce the burden of childhood illness, taking care of the parents of sick kids - so they in turn can take care of their children.
 
RMHC-KC’s success comes from our ability to continually and creatively meet the needs of the diverse families we serve, while maintaining a very strong community presence and brand. Our high-functioning and strategic governing board provides excellent leadership for the organization, and our staff team is highly effective with stable tenure.
 
Our challenges include the need to continually predict upcoming need for our services. As the Kansas City healthcare community continues to be recognized as national leader, the need for RMHC-KC only continues to grow. The Board is vigilantly monitoring our capacity and area hospitals’ growth plans to appropriately support families who come here for care. We are also challenged by ensuring balance between meeting the “programmatic” needs of our families (meal programs, special activities, emotional support) and the “operational” demands of our Houses (with 80,000 square feet of facilities, we are careful to maintain excellence in our built environment).
 
It is essential that families who are living through 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. And we are grateful for the support of our community so we can help make sure that happens.
 
- Tami Greenberg, CEO, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City
 
 
Programs
Description

Together, the three Ronald McDonald Houses (Bernstein 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. Every year thousands of families travel to the Kansas City metro area from other states so their child can 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 $3,300,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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. We also measure our success according to achievement of goals and measures set forth in the strategic plan scorecard.
Examples of Program Success
Occupancy rates in our three Houses operate consistently at 90%. Client satisfaction surveys reveal that 92% of our guest families are extremely satisfied with the services and amenities offered during their stay.  Our average length of stay in 2018 was 6 nights. 
 
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. 

Program Budget $250,000.00
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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. In 2018, the Family Room provided temporary overnight lodging for 2,248 families; our Family Room provided respite for more than 70,000 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 2018, 2,248 families received lodging at the Family Room and more than 70,000 visits were logged by families of in-patient children. Daily occupancy rates for the sleeping rooms hover at 88%. 
CEO Comments

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City has been serving families with sick children for 38 years, and our need grows with each passing year. Between our three Houses and Family Room program, RMHC-KC hosts 87 families each night, all 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 our charity’s 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. As Children's Mercy grows to serve more children, and Kansas City pediatric care becomes increasingly nationally recognized and sought-after, we anticipate that we need to consider and plan for another expansion soon, in order to continue keeping families close to their critically ill children.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Tami Greenberg
Term Start July 2015
Experience
Tami Greenberg has served as CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City since July 2015.  Previously she served in leadership roles with the National MS Society and United Way of Greater Kansas City.  Her earlier nonprofit experience includes roles in the HIV/AIDS arena and in child welfare.
 
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 of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, 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.
 
In 2013-2014 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. She was a member of the Active Living Task Force for the Healthy KC Initiative, and has volunteered in a variety of organizations around Kansas City. She currently serves on the KCMO Downtown Council, the Village Presbyterian Church Mission Committee, and the Greater KC Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Women’s Leadership Council. In 2017 Tami received the Centurions Bernard Powell Award, in recognition of positively impacting greater Kansas City and demonstrating extraordinary community leadership and action.
 
Tami is currently pursuing an Executive MBA with the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Holly Buckendahl 20082015 - June
Ms. Ann JeromeFeb 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. She was honored as CFO of the Year in 2017 by the Kansas City Business Journal.
 
As the Administrative Director, Rene is responsible for the oversight and management of the organization's business processes.
 
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.

Title Director of Facilities
Experience/Biography
Michael Kizzee is the Director of Facilities at RMHC-KC. He previously worked
at Community LINC as a Facilities Manager. Before this role as a Facilities Manager he worked under LINC
as a Case Manager for five years. He  also spent 12 years as a carpenter in restoration and remodeling. Michael 
studied music and theater at Bethel College and K-State and received a bachelor’s degree in Cross-
Cultural Ministries from Manhattan Christian College.
Title
Experience/Biography
Nicole Saltzman is the Director of Programs for Ronald McDonald House Charities of
Kansas City and Owner and President of the Lotus Foundation, LLC., a
private psychotherapy practice that offers community education and telehealth psychotherapy services.
 
Nicole received her Bachelors in Social Work with a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf Culture
Studies from William Woods University in Fulton, MO. She received her Masters’ in Social Work with a
concentration in Children and Family Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has been a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2009, and received her Ph.D. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from
the Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, IL with concentrations in Interpersonal Dynamics and
Neuroscience.
 
Previously Saltzman served as the Field Education Director for the Social Work Program at Lincoln
University and has been in the Director role for several outpatient community mental health programs.
She also holds non-profit experience with residential youth services and substance abuse programs. She
served as a founding board member for the Capital Area Missouri Chapter of the National Organization
for Women and a mentor to young leaders through Lincoln University’s Women’s Leadership
Committee.
 
As Director of Programs, Saltzman is responsible to ensure, within RMHC Global standards and
guidelines, that the best care possible is provided for families.
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 23
Paid Part-Time Staff 24
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 17076
Retention Rate 80%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 38
Hispanic/Latino 1
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 41
Male 6
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 about 15% 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 referrals 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
Top 3 Golf Tournaments in Kansas CityThe Independent2016
People's Choice AwardNP Connect2016
Best in ShowNP Connect2018
Award of Distinction - Long Video CategoryNP Connect2018
Gold Award for Fundraising AppealNP Connect2017
Top 3 Golf Tournaments in Kansas CityThe Independent2017
Top 3 Golf Tournaments in Kansas CityThe Independent2018
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

.Our staffing team is comprised of 47 talented individuals, 23 of whom work full-time. Five senior directors report to the CEO to ensure smooth and accountable business operations. They include a Director of Programs, Director of Facilities, Director of Development, Director of Marketing & Communications and Director of Finance. 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 Facilities 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 nearly $220,000 in corporate gifts and more than $120,000 in personal gifts. The average board member personal gift was $5,600.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Darlia Morris
Company Affiliation Premium Nutritional Products/ZuPreem
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
Email auburndvm@yahoo.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Mr. Jon Gribble
Company Affiliation Kiewit
Term Jan 2019 to Dec 2019
Email jon.gribble@kiewit.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Michael ChalfieSprint Center/AEG
Mr. Tyler EppKansas City Chiefs
Dr. Ryan FischerChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Steve FleischakerBank of Blue Valley
Ms. Gretchen GoldLathrop & Gage
Mr. Mike GremaudMcDonald's Owner/Operator
Mr. Jon GribbleBlack & Veatch
Mr. Chris HabigerMcDonalds
Mr. Donn HessLockton Retirement Services
Mr. Richard HuHJM Architects
Ms. Sheri JohnsonMorningstar Communications Co
Ms. Teresa KellerEvergy
Ms. Darlia MorrisPremium Nutritional Products/ZuPreem
Ms. Stacie ProsserKansas City Business Journal
Ms. Kerri ReisdorffOgletree Deakins
Ms. Kelly Simari
Ms. Jo StueveChildren's Mercy Hospital
Mr. Jim WalshDST Systems
Mr. Matt WildmanCerner Corporation
Ms. Stephanie WilliamsLockton Companies
Mr. Vernon WilliamsBernstein-Rein
Mr. Jon WrightBurns & McDonnell
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 67%
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 BernsteinBernstein-Rein Advertizing
Mr. Gerry BrennemanPolsinelli Shalton Welte Suelthaus PC
Mr. Ron CokerBurns & McDonnell
Mrs. Marilyn DobskiMcDonald's
Mrs. Lisa EssigEssig & Associates
Dr. Laura FitzmauriceChildren's Mercy Hospital
Dr. Milton A Fowler Jr. MDChildren's Mercy Hospital & Clinics
Ms. Diane GallagherAmerican Century
Mr. David GentileBlue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
Mr. Ralph KingKing's Management Co. Inc.
Mrs. Kay MartinCommunity Volunteer
Mrs. Jean McDonnellCivic Volunteer
Mr. Steve McDowellBNIM Architects
Ms. Genny NicholasChildren's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
Mr. Doug PeeteDoug Peete & Associates
Mrs. Ann RegnierCivic Volunteer
Ms. Jodi RobinsonCBIZ
Mr. Mark SearlesSearles & Associates
Mr. Don SwartzSwartz + Associates, Inc.
Ms. Marsha VoranCommunity Volunteer
Mr. Jim WagyMcDonald's
Dr. Brad WaradyChildren'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 22 talented and dedicated leaders who 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 2019-2021 strategic plan, with the pillars of Mission, Money, Brand, Process, and People. Strategic goals for this time period include:
 
  1. Enhance the RMHC-KC family experience to ensure an atmosphere of extraordinary, compassionate, and gracious hospitality.
  2. Improve RMHC-KC facilities (buildings & grounds) to be consistently exceptional, beautiful, and functional environments for families and sick children.
  3. Ensure sufficient financial resources to sustain ongoing operational demands.
  4. Grow our investment portfolio to enable the charity to plan for future programmatic expansion and protect from future market volatility.
  5. Establish RMHC-KC as one of the preeminent charitable brands in Kansas City.
  6. Ensure continued excellence in overall charity operations, including business practices and financial integrity.
  7. Maintain and support a staff and volunteer culture of excellence, positivity, and going above and beyond for RMHC-KC families and each other. 
  8. Develop, empower, and retain a high-functioning, skilled, and motivated staff and volunteer workforce.
 
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, 2019
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $3,956,000
Projected Expenses $4,752,025
Endowment Value $1,000,000
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • 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 Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$4,209,335$2,533,845$2,000,921
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified----$0
Individual Contributions------
$104,825$103,845$70,003
$498,969$365,913$456,729
Investment Income, Net of Losses$131,027$66,267$68,525
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$825,904$643,677$561,625
Revenue In-Kind$529,983$332,481$611,841
Other$19,572$4,720$65,593
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$3,418,049$3,045,490$2,965,449
Administration Expense$491,607$440,556$241,237
Fundraising Expense$555,224$486,288$703,679
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.300.940.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses77%77%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$22,246,122$20,344,246$20,746,887
Current Assets$2,679,629$1,163,062$1,351,699
Long-Term Liabilities$273,359$202,666$402,666
Current Liabilities$352,892$102,306$108,073
Total Net Assets$21,619,871$20,039,274$20,236,148
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.5911.3712.51
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%1%2%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $1,000,000Anonymous $294,877 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $376,177Anonymous $172,806 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAnonymous $244,654Anonymous $106,500 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose We are working with our hospital partners to determine the need and scope of our next expansion.  As more and more families travel to Kansas City for specialized pediatric care, so grows the need for services from Ronald McDonald House Charities.  We will first identify what programmatic growth will best serve families with sick children, and then launch a campaign to fund that work and expansion as appropriate.
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
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 38-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. The Board regularly reviews 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.

The charity has also 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. Members of our Legacy Society 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, and displayed in one of our Ronald McDonald Houses.
 
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.
Other Documents
Gift Acceptance Policy2014View
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 Ms. Darlia Morris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Premium Nutritional Products/ZuPreem
Year of Incorporation 1979
Former Names
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Heart of America