- In 1974, the first Ronald McDonald House opens in Philadelphia thanks to Dr. Audrey Evans, Philadelphia Eagles' player Fred Hill (whose daughter, Kim, had leukemia), Jim Murray, the Eagles' general manager and Ed Rensi, the McDonald's regional manager. The McDonald's owner/operators in Philadelphia made the House possible, donating proceeds from the sale of Shamrock Shakes.
- In 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities is officially established in memory of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc, a strong advocate for children.
- In 1985, the first European Ronald McDonald House opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands; and RMHC establishes the RMHC/HACER scholarship, providing awards to graduating high school seniors of Hispanic descent entering their freshman year of college.
- In 1987, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Ronald McDonald House establishes the Pop Tab Collection Recycling Program. Since then, participating Houses have raised millions.
- In 1991, the 150th Ronald McDonald House opens in Paris, France.
- In 1992, RMHC creates a new program for the families of critically ill children with the first Ronald McDonald Family Room, opening at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, KS.
- In 1994, Ronald McDonald Houses open in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Auckland, New Zealand.
- In 1997, RMHC establishes a Matching Grant Program for U.S. local Chapters. The program allows local RMHC Chapters to tailor grants to respond to the pressing needs facing children in their own communities.
- In 2000, the RMHC launches the first Ronald McDonald Care Mobile in Worcester, MA, offering cost-effective medical, dental and health education services to vulnerable children.
- In 2001, RMHC introduces its RMHC/ASIA scholarship program for high school students of Asian-Pacific origin; and its RMHC/African-American Future Achievers scholarship program for high school students of African-American descent.
- In 2008, Atlanta's 50-room Ronald McDonald House is the second built to Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) specifications. The House includes a dedicated wing with 10 private, two-bedroom suites for families of children who are recovering from bone marrow, heart, liver or kidney transplants.
- In 2009, nine new Ronald McDonald Houses opened in the U.S., Germany, Netherlands, U.K., Argentina, Sweden, Germany and Guatemala, which will offer 6,600 more families the ability to be there everyday with hugs and kisses for their sick children. And RMHC celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Ronald McDonald House program.
- In 2010, RMHC celebrated the 300th Ronald McDonald House opening in St. Louis on September 29. The 300th House provides 20 bedrooms, and is 18, 188 square feet. And marking the 10th Anniversary of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program, RMHC opened its 40th RMCM in Latvia. RMHC also welcomed 2 new Chapters - RMHC Curacao and Ecuador.
- Although McDonald's is our largest corporate donor, no company can solely fund RMHC programs and our projected growth. We need the support of the entire community and greatly value any support you can afford to RMHC, whether it's through cash donations, your time or fundraising efforts.
- McDonald's Corporation pays for most of RMHC Global administrative costs, so your donations go directly to the people who need it.
- There are more than 324 Ronald McDonald Houses serving families in 32 countries and regions worldwide.
- Today, there are more than 179 Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in 22 countries and regions.
- Currently, there are 49 Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles in 9 countries, bringing healthcare services to areas where it is needed most.
- Ronald McDonald Houses serve moe than 8,000 families each day around the world, saving them over $311 million a year in hotel costs.
- Nearly 37 percent of children seen on Ronald McDonald Care Mobiles do not have health insurance.
- The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program saves U.S. families more than $5 million in health care costs and on average, serves more than 154,000 children in vulnerable populations each year.
- Since 1985, more than $48 million in scholarships have been awarded to outstanding students in the U.S.