Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida Inc

Keeping families close

FORT MYERS, FL   |  www.rmhcswfl.org

Mission

To create, find and support programs that directly impact the health and well being of children and their families.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Laura Ragain

Main address

16100 ROSERUSH CT

FORT MYERS, FL 33908 USA

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EIN

11-3704163

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1996, the Ronald McDonald House® in Fort Myers has welcomed thousands of families from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties while their children are undergoing medical treatment. Our “home-away-from-home” means a great deal to those we serve. Our family-centered programs make a difference by improving the clinical outcomes and experience for the children and their families. Our support efforts were further enhanced with the addition of a Ronald McDonald Family Room® in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital. There, families can grab a quick snack or just close their eyes for a few minutes without having to be far from their child’s bedside. Ronald McDonald House Charities also serves children far beyond the hospital walls. Through our partnerships with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, and Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® brings medical and dental services to thousands of children in Southwest Florida.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ronald McDonald House

A "home-away-from-home" for families with children receiving medical treatment at Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. Ronald McDonald House offers a place to call home at little or no cost, keeping families with sick children close to each other as well as the care and resources they need.

Population(s) Served
Families

Ronald McDonald Family Room (RMFR) is located inside Golisano Children's Hospital. RMFR serves family members who have a child receiving medical treatment. It provides food and beverages and a place for families to recharge so they can be strong for their children.

Population(s) Served
Families

In partnership with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) is a mobile unit providings dental screenings, treatment and sealants as well as medical, vision, and hearing screenings, health education and nutritional care to underserved children in Collier County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In partnership with Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) is a mobile medical/dental unit providing dental screenings, treatment and sealants as well as medical, vision, hearing screenings, health education and nutritional care to underserved children in Lee, Hendry and Charlotte Counties.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida’s Strategic Plan outlines the array of strategies and tasks the Board of Directors will implement to strengthen the agency, meet community needs, and achieve goals.
Our Mission
• Create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families in the five county region of Southwest Florida (Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry & Glades)
Our Purpose
• To be a significant provider of services to children and their families in Southwest Florida.
Our Goals
1. Expansion of Existing House
2. Targeted and Diverse Fundraising
3. Expand Branding and Marketing

1) House Expansion
• Determine increased operating expenses (utilities)
• Create a plan to address resident and staff impact during construction
• Research and choose architect and obtain architectural drawings both exterior and interior
• Research and choose a contractor and confirm necessary permits secured through contractor and determine cost to build
2) Targeted and Diverse Fundraising
• Create a capital campaign to raise funds for expansion
• Create campaign to relevant target donors and grass roots groups and explore legacy gift opportunities
• Create fundraising campaigns that shifts focus from event related fundraising to other sources of fundraising (ie: Grants)
3) Expand Branding & Marketing
• Recurring media opportunities with hospital partner
• Lunch and Learns with social workers / hospital staff quarterly
• Videos with alumni family testimonials
• Increased speaking engagements with rotating schedule
• Increased social media presence

RMHC thrives on community parterships! We provide stability and vital resources to families through the Charities' core programs: 1) Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-from-home" for families with hospitalized children. RMH serves children and families from Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties, Florida. 2) In May 2017, a Ronald McDonald Family Room opened inside Golisano Children's Hospital. Families of hospitalized children use this space to rest and re-group while being just minutes away from their child's bedside. 3) In partnership with Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provides medical and dental screenings, treatment and sealants to underserved areas of Collier County and monthly autism screenings in Lee County. In partnership with Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, a second Care Mobile arrived in December 2017 to provide dental screenings, treatment and sealants to children in Lee County.

In 1996, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Southwest Florida opened its doors in Fort Myers to offer a" home-away-from home" to families of seriously ill children. Since then, services have expanded to include the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program, RMHC Scholars Program, a community Grants Program, and a Ronald McDonald Family Room located inside Golisano Children's Hospital.
The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile is a mobile unit that annually provides much-needed medical and dental screenings and treatment to more than 3,000 underserved children in Collier County. 40% of the children receiving services are uninsured. RMHC took delivery of a much needed second Ronald McDonald Care Mobile to provide medical and dental treatment to underserved children in Lee, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties.
A House Expansion Task Force was established in 2018 to explore the feasibility of adding up to six additional bedrooms to the Ronald McDonald House for a total of 12 bedrooms.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We provide temporary housing to family members (parents and siblings) of children undergoing medical treatment.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, video testimonials,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Though we consistently receive favorable comments, we would certainly address a less than favorable comment.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Sharing the information reinforces the need for our charity's programs and how much it means to the families we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Susan Ryckman, MSN, CPNP

Golisano Children's Hospital/Lee Health, Retired

Term: 2021 - 2023

Lee Bellamy

Shangri-La-Springs

Deana Homsi

McDonald's, Retired

Carey Randall

Retired

Paul Drucker

Fifth Third Bank

Susan Ryckman, MSN, CPNP

Golisano Children's Hospital, Retired

Kara Sajdak

Dorcey Law Firm

David Schiering

Retired

Robert Atkinson

Retired

Richard DeStefano

CPA Associates

Gabrielle O'Boyle

Healthcare Network

David Koester

Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data