By mail: P.O. Box 22414, Lexington, KY 40522
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass is to create and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and to strengthen families by keeping them together in times or medical need. The mission is accomplished through three (3) core programs: Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room®, and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.
In the early 1980’s a small group of parents, physicians and their spouses, and regional McDonald’s helped the Ronald McDonald House® open debt-free with 17 rooms on December 14, 1984. Three additional rooms were added to the facility in 1994 to accommodate more families each year.
In 1997, the mission was expanded and the name was changed to the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass.
In May of 2005, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® began operations at the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health located in Hazard, KY which is bringing pediatric dental care services and education to thousands of families each year in Perry and surrounding counties.
In January of 2009, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® program opened inside Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington. The Ronald McDonald Family Room provides an area of comfort and hospitality for critical care pediatric (NICU/PICU) patient families who need to “get away” for a moment of quiet and a quick snack. It was estimated that the Family Room would have over 11,000 visitors in its first year of operation. Census data collected during the first 12 months of operation indicated actual use to be closer to 20,000 visitors. Visitors to both the Family Room and the Ronald McDonald House are primarily from Kentucky but many come from other states and even other countries.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass undergoes a yearly Organizational Assessment conducted by its Global organization RMHC. The last assessment, conducted in 2013, showed that RMHC performed very well on all 10 standards and gave the board and staff great goals to work toward to improve operations and better meet the needs of families and children.
Additionally, all guests of the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room are asked to participate in a satisfaction survey. Questions not only pertain to the cleanliness and comfort of rooms and facilities, but also the accessibility of volunteers and staff, quality of meals and other questions relevant to the guest’s experience and needs. Data from these surveys is compiled and analyzed each year and informs strategic decision making by the organization. 100% of all guests of the Ronald McDonald House who completed a survey in 2013 said they would "strongly recommend the Ronald McDonald House" to another family in need.
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program uses the Surgeon General’s Healthy People 2010 standards to determine its effectiveness. Healthy People 2010 is a comprehensive set of disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the Nation to achieve over the first decade of the new century. Specific to dental health, the following goals were set: 1) Reduce the proportion of young children with untreated dental decay in their primary and permanent teeth. Goal is 21 percent of elementary school children and thanks to the effors of the Care Mobile, Perry County Elementary is at 59% 2) Increase the proportion of children who have received dental sealants on their molar teeth. Target is 50 percent of all children. Perry County Elementary is currently at 54%
It is my distinct privilege to be a member of the team at the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass. It is our goal to keep families strong by keeping them together in times of medical crisis. Whether it's a good night's rest, a home cooked meal, or a shoulder to cry on, RMHC exists to bring families with ill children comfort and hope. To be honest, I don't know if I've ever worked for an organization that is more reliant on individual and community donations than RMHC, so it has been a unique challenge to meet the growing needs of our community despite a challenging economy. Every donation we receive is valued through our strict adherence to stringent internal controls, the highest ethical standards and trasparent business practices. I am proud to encourage donors and friends to visit our website to learn more about the great work being done by RMHC of the Bluegrass: www.rmhclexington.com.
RMHC of the Bluegrass has engaged a talented new pool of Board of Directors over the past couple of years as the organization has grown to now serve tens of thousands of families each year. Led by the Board Governance Committee, the Executive Director and the Executive Board members, RMHC has built a strong and transparent structure.
Recent successes include: The opening of the Ronald McDonald Family Room in 2009; extensive renovation to the Ronald McDonald House in 2014, and 100 percent board member financial participation for the past 10 years.
The most important achievement though has been evidenced by the well-being of the families who are supported through our programming. Family surveys have consistently shown a very high satisfactory score of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and its services – providing a safe and comforting “home away from home.”
Most gratifying is meeting the families and knowing in a small way that you are helping them at a time of crisis and critical need for their family. One young man who recently stayed with his mother at the Ronald McDonald House suffered major injuries in a car crash. The doctors were fearful he potentially could go into a major depression. His mother has shared that the Ronald McDonald House has helped keep his spirits up through the special attention he receives and has aided in his recovery. Thanks to generous donors and volunteers, the young man has been able to attend University of Kentucky football and basketball games and take part in other family friendly community events. He made friends with the staff and volunteers of the House and loved to show the progress he made walking (having been able to abandon his wheelchair). He also started attending a local elementary school and took part in rehabilitation in the afternoons before ending his day at the House.
Because of stories like this, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass..
RMHC of the Bluegrass exists to keep families together during times of medical need. Anyone with a child age 21 or younger who needs to travel to Lexington to seek medical care for that child is eligible for referral to the Ronald McDonald House Program. All family members and loved ones of children being cared for within the NICU / PICU areas of Kentucky Children's Hospital are eligible to utilize our Ronald McDonald Family Room. All children in the KY counties of Knox, Perry, Floyd and Letcher are eligible to receive dental services on board our Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.
Program Performance - increasing access to health care for families and children in need. Community Engagement - improving key stakeholder knowledge and participation in RMHC. Financial Stability - securing new and extend existing relationships with donors. Management effectiveness - ensuring efficient and effective use of resources to advance the Mission.
RMHC of the Bluegrass has a diverse pool of resources available to ensure the successful completion of our Performance Plan including:
* RMHC Global-Provides the highest quality professional development training and educational resources in a range of NPO "hot topics" as well as resources to ensure that Chapters operate ethically, efficiently and transparently now and into the future.
Performance Plan measures include:
In 2012, RMHC of the Bluegrass completed a 2013-2014 Strategic Initiatives development process.
* Creation of a comprehensive annual written Fund Development Plan
A professional administrator with over nineteen years experience in non profit administration, board governance, fund development, public relations and marketing specializing in media relations, major gifts, corporate sponsorships, grant writing, and special events.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of the Bluegrass – Lexington, KY Summer 2005 – present
· Executive Director
Chief Executive responsible for establishing strategic frameworks to achieve the mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing lodging for families who travel to Lexington seeking medical care for their children and supporting health related programs and projects for Kentucky’s children. Directs and coordinates all Fund Development, Community Awareness, Fiscal Services, and Board Governance campaigns with the Board of Directors while supervising team of 15 FT & PT staff members.
Oak Tree Montessori – Cincinnati, OH 2003 – Summer 2005
· Director of Development
A member of the Executive Management team supporting the goals of all departments by identifying and soliciting contributed income opportunities. Collaborate with the President and Board of Trustees to develop and execute effective strategies for generating financial support through grants, corporate & foundation support, annual fund (individual giving), trustee giving, as well as special events, promotions and volunteer management. Supervise all campaign timelines, budgets, collateral items, donor acknowledgements, sponsor benefits and donor databases.
Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, OH 1997 - 2003
· Director of Development
Development Director responsible for raising 70% of Ensemble Theatre’s one million dollar annual operating budget through contributed income sources (over 3 million dollars in five years.) Worked closely with Artistic Director and Board of Trustees to establish campaign structures and financial goals. Responsible for solicitation and management of all grant and foundation income (national and local, governmental and private), corporate sponsorships, annual fund campaigns, special events, and Board of Trustee gifts. Designed and executed three signature annual fundraising events: Tony Awards® Dinner, Ladies Luncheon, and Holiday Family Brunch. Supervised Development Associate staff person.
The program costs around $76 per night per room to operate. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to make a donation of $10 per night to help cover those costs. However, no family is ever turned away due to an inability to pay. The remaining amount is met entirely through financial contributions from individuals, groups and corporations.
The Room is staffed with helpful, specially trained and screened volunteers. Guests of the Family Room will find several comfortable seating areas, complimentary snacks, McDonald’s® coffee, books and magazines as well as the use of portable electronic devices (DVD and CD players) with a library of family-friendly media.
2013 Impact Total number of pediatric patients: 4,320 Number of patients diagnosed as “urgent” (pain): 14%Top Site Locations (Eastern, KY)1) Perry / Leslie County Head Start programs2) Perry / Leslie County public elementary schools3) Give Kids a Smile Day Event (Wal-Mart, Perry Co.)4) Black Gold Festival
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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