Press Kit



About Our House


Our History: In the early 70s, the daughter of Philadelphia Eagle’s football player Fred Hill was diagnosed with leukemia. After “living” countless hours by her bedside, trying to sleep endless nights without a bed, Hill recognized the need felt by all parents of a little one facing a serious illness—the need for a “home” where they could stay while their child received treatment. Hill’s ambition, combined with support from the hospital and community, met with the generosity of McDonald’s Owner/Operators, and in 1974 the first Ronald McDonald House opened. read more.

Organization Profile: Ronald McDonald House at Stanford can accommodate 47 families each night, in a supportive environment that enables families to face the challenge of caring for a seriously ill child. Over 85% of the $3,157,500 budget is fundraised through the generosity of community members, businesses, and foundations.

Key Staff:
Annette Eros, Chief Executive Officer
Laura Boudreau, Chief Operating Officer
Jay McCullough, Chief Development Officer

Board of Directors (link)


Volunteers are crucial to the ongoing successful operation of our House. Each week, over 150 volunteers (the equivalent of of four full-time staff members) contribute their time and talents in a variety of ways. In a year, volutneers donate a cumulative 18,000 volunteer hours; equal to over $300,000 in savings to our operational budget.

House Amenities:
47 Guest Rooms with private baths.
Children's and Teen Activity Rooms
Communal Kitchen and Dining Room
Fitness Center
Free Laundry Facilities
Van shuttles to hospital and area shopping

House Programs (offered at no cost to our resident families):
Arts and Crafts
Bicycle Loans
Bingo Night
Birthday Celebrations
CLIK (Computer Learning for Ill Kids)
"Kids Can Cook" Classes
Meals for Munchkins
Pet-Assisted Therapy
Stocked Pantry

2013: By the Numbers

Since opening in 1979, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford has accommodated nearly 375,000 families

Housing Statistics (2013)
Nights of Lodging Provided to Families: 4,693
Average Length of Stay (per family): 29 days
Number of Nights of Lodging Denied to Families (because we were full): 4,474
Average Number of Families on the Waiting List: (per night):
Room Fee Requested (per night)*: $10
Actual Cost of to Operate a Room (per night): $134
*In 2013, less than 30 percent of families could afford to pay the requested room fee. No family is ever turned away due to lack of ability to pay

Family Demographics (2013)
Where our Families are From:
California - 70 percent
Nevada - 6 percent
Oregon - 4 percent
Hawaii - 3 percent
New Mexico - 2 percent
Other States - 13 percent
Outside of the U.S. - 2 percent

Financial Revenue (2103)
Special Events Donations - 40 percent
Individual Donations - 34 percentt
Foundation Donations - 10 percent
McDonald's Donations* - 8 percent
Program Service Income - 3.5 percent
Corporate Donations - 3 percent
Room Donations - 2 percent
Other Income - less than one percent
*Combined direct and indirect contributions from McDonald’s, including McDonald’s Corporation, Bay Area McDonald’s Co-op of Owner/Operators, Ronald McDonald House Charitites of the Bay Area, McDonald’s Employees, and other affiliates provide 10% of our annual operational budget. Unaudited numbers.

Programs - 70 percent
Fundraising & Marketing - 15 percentt
Management & Administrative - 9 percent
*Unaudited numbers.