Better Business Bureau Report for
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2013
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2015

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc.
Address: 8948 Watertown Plank Road
  Wauwatosa, WI 53226
Phone: 414-475-5333
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1982, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. is dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child's illness or injury. We provide a home away from home and caring outreach initiatives.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1984, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. has provided a home away from home to more than 34,000 families from Wisconsin, 48 states, and many countries around the world whose children are receiving medical care from Children's Hospital of Wisconsin or other local hospitals. We allow families to stay as long as needed without any financial obligation. We have 38 guest rooms and continue to be at full occupancy. As a result, we are planning an expansion that will double our size so we can serve more families who need a place to stay. We offer private rooms and bathrooms for each family, home-cooked meals provided by outside organizations, a playroom, secret garden with a playground, patio, and healing waters, quiet solitude of a chapel, art therapy, dog therapy, a computer lab, a tutoring program, a game room and monthly performances by local musicians. We are open 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. A team of over 500 volunteers, including our Board of Directors, tirelessly help us keep the house operating smoothly and efficiently. The Ronald McDonald House is more than a place to stay; it is a place for family and community to reach out to one another and offer comfort and support.

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc.'s program expenses were:

House Operations 966,613
Depreciation 220,353
Grants/Scholarships 90,152
Miscellaneous 82,354
Newsletter/Public Relations 34,765
Total Program Expenses: $1,394,237
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Chief Executive : Ann M. Petrie, President/Chief Executive Officer

Chair of the Board: Bob Monday, Chairman of the Board
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Retired business owner

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 19

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements
Fund raising costs were 23% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $2,580,843, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Contributions 2,580,843
Investment Income 209,080
Lodging Donations and Other 52,378
Realized/Unrealized Loss on Investment -307,375
Total Income $2,534,926


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 67%  Fund Raising: 29%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $2,534,926
Program expenses $1,394,237
Fund raising expenses 601,893
Administrative expenses 89,429
Total expenses $2,085,559
Income in Excess of Expenses 449,367
Beginning net assets 12,807,502
Other Changes in Net Assets 4,254,543
Ending net assets 17,511,412
Total liabilities 117,378
Total assets $17,628,790

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