Ways to Donate
Your gift to RMHC of Greater Chattanooga allows us to provide our special brand of hospitality to families of critically-ill or injured children and cancer patients at the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Children’s Hospital at Erlanger. It also helps to provide free medical care to children in need in our community.
Putting Your Gift To Work
To make a simple monetary donation at any time, please click the "Donate Now" button on the right side of the page. Your gift enables us to:
Most families stay an average of 18 nights; more than 70% do a small chore as a form of payment because they cannot afford the $10 contribution we ask of them.
For more information, please contact Jane Kaylor at (423) 778-4331.
Family Courtyard Pavers
Help "Pave the Way" for the Family Courtyard at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga. This is a sentimental and everlasting way to show your appreciation and dedication to our House. Once the brick is engraved, we will contact you to come and visit to see your donation that will last a lifetime!
Memorials and Tributes
Gifts made in memory or in honor of someone can be made simply with a phone call or online by clicking on the DONATE NOW button. The RMHC Staff will immediately send a card to the family of the deceased or to the person who is being honored notifying them of your gift. We know that when gifts such as this are made, it is important to get the notification out immediately, and we promise to do so! No minimum amount is required for a memorial or tribute gift. All gifts are important to us.
For more information, please contact Jane Kaylor (423) 778-4331
Become a Grand Giver
The Grand Givers Society is a group of individuals or businesses who make an annual donation of a grand ($1,000) or more to provide families a way to stay together when their child is receiving medical treatment for a life-threatening illness. Ronald McDonald House families are asked to make a $10 per night donation toward their stay, but the actual cost to provide our special brand of hospitality for families is $55 per night. No family is ever turned away due to their inability to make a donation.
As a Grand Giver Society donor, you have a tremendous power in working together with other like-minded individuals so a child can not only get access to the medical services they need, but also have their parents close by to give them hugs, kisses, and love. Families find strength from each other, from RMHC staff and volunteers. Your contribution will make it possible for more families to find strength so their child can be strong enough to heal. There is strength in numbers.
As a Grand Giver Society donor, you are an intregal part of our mission and allow us to provide hope, comfort, caring and unique programs to families when they need it most.
How it Works
As a Grand Giver, you may choose to contribute "a grand" ($1,000) or more annually to the Share A Night Fund. It costs $55 per night to provide our special brand of hospitality to one family for one night. Ronald McDonald House families are asked to make a $10 per night donation toward their stay, however more than half of the families are unable to pay that nominal amount. No family is ever turned away due to their inability to make a donation.
What Your Gift Will Do For Families
Your Benefits as a Member
As a member of the Grand Giver Society, your benefits include:
For more information about becoming a Grand Giver, please contact: Jane Kaylor (423) 778-4331.
Donate Goods & Services
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga appreciates the donations of gifts of goods and services (in-kind gifts). You can always help us surpass our fundraising goal by donating your organization’s services and products. From printing and advertising to food and beverages, explore how you or your organization can donate products or services to one of our events.
Our House is just like your house... it just has 26 bedrooms and 4 kitchens! We need all the things at our House that you need to operate your house: food, paper products, cleaning products, toiletries and operational items. Please call us at (423) 778-4300 if you have something to donate that is not included in the Wish List.
For more information, please contact Tiffany Cobb at (423) 778-4338.
Create your own Fundraising Page
You can build your own fundraising page on Firstgiving to raise money for Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Charities. Create your own goals and watch the thermometer rise as your friends and family help you meet them. It’s a great way to give people in your life the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families with critically ill and injured children. Be creative and have fun!
Start raising money with your own fundraising page at www.firstgiving.com and email it to friends, family and colleagues and ask them to sponsor you.
We are excited to announce the launch of the RMHC of Chattanooga Group Give, an online fundraising page to support RMHC! The RMHC Group Give gives our supporters the ability to create fundraising pages online to support the Charity. Group Give page holders can ask their friends and family for contributions to their page, which together can add up to a significant donation. Think of the RMHC Group Give as a virtual Donation Box, bake sale or hot chocolate stand for your supporters to personally help families!
Check out our Group Give Page for yourself and help provide support to seriously ill children and their families in Chattanooga!
For more information, please contact Tiffany Cobb at (423) 778-4338.
Planned Giving and the Arch Society
Planned gifts are sometimes referred to as “stop-and-think” gifts because they require some planning and, often, help from your professional advisors. Unlike cash donations, they are typically made from assets in your estate rather than from disposable income, and come to fruition upon your death. A misconception is that planned giving is only for the “wealthy.” The truth is, even people of modest means can make a difference through planned giving.
There are almost as many variations on ways to make a donation as there are needs to be met. Explore this section to discover new ways to make a gift that also take into consideration your personal circumstances and the needs of your heirs.
RMHC of Greater Chattanooga gratefully accepts estate gifts, securities or other properties, life insurance and retirement savings from estate plans. Donations through estate plans are placed in our Endowment Fund and the principal amount of the donation is preserved and never spent. The interest from the growth of the investments is used for the daily operations of the Ronald McDonald House and Family Room. If you’re considering an estate gift to our organization, we strongly suggest that you discuss your wishes with your legal and financial advisors. A free Wills Workbook is available upon request and can assist you in communicating your wishes to your advisors. (Click here to upload form)
Donors who make an estate gift or who have named RMHC of Greater Chattanooga in their will are eligible to become members of The Arch Society and to receive permanent recognition of their designation on The Arch Society Wall at the Ronald McDonald House. If you would like to discuss your estate plan with our staff, please contact President & CEO Jane Kaylor at (423) 778-4331.
Frequently asked questions about estate gifts
1. What is the easiest way to include Ronald McDonald House Charities® in my estate?
The most simple, straightforward way to leave a planned gift is through your will. After consulting with family members and your legal and/or financial advisors, a brief statement in your new will or a codicil to your existing will makes your wishes known. The gifts (bequests) made by a will can include an amount of money, certain securities or other property, or a specified percentage of your estate. You retain full use of the assets during your lifetime. After providing for family and friends, you can choose to support Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chattanooga.
2. Can I make a gift of Life Insurance to Ronald McDonald House Charities®?
3. What is an endowed gift?
4. What exactly is a Charitable Gift Annuity?
Car, Boat, RV Donations
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga accepts vehicle and property donations to help raise money to support the organization. Please consider donating your car, boat, yacht, aircraft, truck, or RV that you no longer need or use to support Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Charities. You can receive the maximum legal tax deduction and possibly a partial cash payment for your donation.
Your donation will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga and is always evaluated to ensure the maximum sales price and greatest return on your charitable contribution. There is no charge to you; the donor or the charity for picking up donations anywhere in the United States.
Anyone can make a vehicle donation to RMHC, anywhere in the US and Canada, by visiting www.CarsHelp.org or calling 855-CarsHelp (227-7435)
Here are links to a few videos that help drive home the impact a donated vehicle can make:
See how “One Car = One Week” https://youtu.be/7ESrHOCFiEg
See how “Cars Help Kids” https://youtu.be/8DoJIvHRYkE
How Your Gift Will Be Recognized
For more information, please contact Jane Kaylor (423) 778-4331.