Families who have nowhere to stay during their child’s hospitalization will be able to experience a welcoming “home away from home,” at San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House, thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Brentwood-based S. Mark Taper Foundation.
This funding will help the charity provide food, lodging and emotional support for families with a critically ill or injured child being treated at a nearby hospital.
"S. Mark Taper Foundation’s support will make a tremendous difference in the lives of these families, who would otherwise commute long distances or sleep in their car in order to be near their hospitalized child," said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. "We are honored to have been selected for funding by one of Southern California’s leading philanthropic organizations."
San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House depends on community contributions for 90 percent of its annual funding, with local McDonald’s restaurant owners and operators contributing the remainder.
“Private support is key to ensuring that families have a place to take care of themselves, so they can care for their critically ill children,” said Doug Dawson, chair of the board of trustees for Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. “We are grateful to the S. Mark Taper Foundation for its generous grant to help families in need.”
Charity Navigator recognized Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego as a “Four Star Charity” in 2012. This is the highest ranking available, and is based on a charity’s financial health, accountability and transparency, helping donors identify the nonprofit organization as a safe social investment and feel comfortable knowing their generosity goes toward helping families cope with a child’s medical crisis.
For more information on the Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit its website.