Our Relationship with McDonald's
Since the first Ronald McDonald House opened in Toronto in 1981, McDonald’s Canada and its founder, George Cohon, have had a committed and caring vision of the role Ronald McDonald Houses could play in helping sick children and their families. And they continue to be an essential, valuable and sustaining partner.
By creating Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada in 1982, McDonald’s ensured that the House in Toronto, along with all future Houses, would have an everlasting foundation of support. McDonald’s commitment covers all the administrative and operating costs for Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, the foundation that supports the Ronald McDonald Houses across the country. Because of this, 100% of every dollar donated by individual and corporate donors goes directly to Ronald McDonald Houses and the programs they run.
McDonald’s generosity and family values are demonstrated daily through their actions:
- 10 cents from the sale of every Happy Meal is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada, which creates a sustainable revenue source for Ronald McDonald Houses and their programs.
McDonald’s restaurants across the country host McHappy Day, which is an annual day of giving to support local children’s charities, including Ronald McDonald Houses.
Restaurants also collect public donations through coin boxes supporting their local community and Ronald McDonald Houses.
Every year, Owner/Operators, executives and employees of McDonald’s Canada volunteer thousands of hours and champion Ronald McDonald Houses across the country.
- Many McDonald’s suppliers support Ronald McDonald Houses as contributors, volunteers and national donors.
McDonald’s is proud of the incredible impact and support the Ronald McDonald Houses have on healthcare and healing in this country. And they remain committed to the founding vision of Ronald McDonald Houses as a “community house,” where McDonald’s, along with individual donors, corporate donors and community groups all work together to ensure families with seriously ill children have a place to stay and the support they need.