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Ways to Help

The Need is Great

There are many ways for you to help the families at Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest. From preparing and serving meals through our Cooks for Kids program to working as a Housewarmer or donating items on our Wish List, the efforts of our faithful supporters help us in countless ways. 

Donate Funds

Thank you for considering a gift to RMHC-UM. Donations of any size are welcomed and appreciated

Plus, double or triple your donation by checking to see if your employer participates in our matching gift program.

There are three ways to make a financial donation:


To make a one-time or recurring donation on our secure server click here.

By Mail

Complete the printable donation form and send your check or credit card payment to:

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest
818 Fulton Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

By Telephone

Call our office at 612.331.5752 to make a gift by credit card during regular business hours (9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday). If you call at another time, please leave a message and your call will be returned during regular business hours.


Prepare a meal for families through our Cooks for Kids program – Our Greatest Need!

After a long day at the hospital, families look forward to coming back to a home-cooked meal.

Gather a group of friends, family or co-workers to plan a menu and cook a meal that will be truly appreciated. We provide the kitchen space (including serving dishes and utensils, cutlery, paper products, etc.) and you purchase, prepare and serve the meal. Whether a one-time event or a monthly date, we welcome your enthusiasm and cooking skills!

More info



Wish List

From everyday basics like toiletries and paper products to shelf-stable meals and snacks, the items on our Wish List make our home-away-from-home more comfortable for families. NOTE: Your cash donation will go to immediate use helping families with seriously-ill children and allows us to purchase the most urgently needed items on our wish list.

We gratefully accept new, unused and unexpired items and we do ask you to donate only from our wish list. Thank you.

Wish List donations may be dropped off 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday at our administrative offices.

Due to space limitations, we ask that you do not drop off items at our other locations.

View our Wish List Items by category below:

  • URGENT NEED: Paper towels
  • URGENT NEED: Food storage containers, especially larger sized
  • URGENT NEED: Sugar, vegetable oil, olive oil
  • Baking supplies (Chocolate chips, vanilla, baking soda & powder, brown sugar)
  • Bread & eggs
  • VISA gift cards (to purchase urgently needed items on the wish list)
  • Disposable coffee cups and lids
  • Fresh fruit, meat and cheese
  • Frozen meat
  • Gluten-free food/snack items
  • Individual servings of chips/snacks including fruit cups and crackers
  • Juice boxes
  • Keurig K-cups: coffee, tea, hot chocolate
  • Ground coffee: regular and decaf
  • Quick to eat breakfast items: granola bars, protein bars, sandwiches

  • Baking supplies: brownie, cookie & muffin mixes, butter or margarine, frosting, sprinkles & other decorations, white & brown sugar
  • BBQ sauce
  • Boxed meals
  • Canned chicken (we have plenty of tuna, but could really use canned chicken)
  • Canned soup, Spaghetti-O’s, etc.
  • Canned fruit
  • Cooking oil
  • Cream and sugar
  • Fruit snacks
  • Granola/snack bars
  • Jam, jelly and/or honey
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Pop-Tarts
  • Ramen noodles

  • All-purpose cleaners
  • Bleach
  • Cleaning supplies: bathroom
  • Disposable paper products & cutlery
  • Furniture polish
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic gloves
  • Queen sheet sets
  • Tall kitchen trash bags

  • Gift cards for families to use are always so helpful, including: restaurants, Target, Walmart, Cub Foods, gas, movie theater, and oil change
  • Event tickets
  • Local museum passes
  • New DVDs
  • Workout room supplies: wall mount TV, wall mount free weights, mats

  • Backpacks
  • Books: Beginning Readers, Newberry Award winners, picture books
  • Classroom single serving snacks
  • Colored pencils
  • Copy paper
  • Crayola Markers, skinny and wide
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Dry erase markers
  • Erasers, pencil top and individual
  • File folders, letter size
  • Glue sticks
  • Individual hand sanitizers
  • Individual facial tissue packets
  • Paper towels
  • Pencil boxes
  • Pocket folders
  • Polymer clay
  • Post-It Notes, all shapes & sizes
  • Prong folders


Participate in our Heart of Gold Legacy Giving Program

Planned giving provides donors and non-profit organizations a unique connection that honors the wishes and life of the donor and also provides vital funding to the organization and cause.

There are many ways for you to ensure that your legacy of caring for others, as well as your support of RMHC-UM, continues for years into the future. We encourage you to discuss these options with your financial advisor.

  • Bequests: Make a lasting contribution in your will
  • Qualified Pension Plans: Name RMHC-UM as a beneficiary in your retirement plan
  • Life Insurance: Name RMHC-UM as owner and/or beneficiary
  • Life Income Opportunities: Annuities and trusts can provide lifetime income and also benefit RMHC-UM
  • Retained Life Estates and Other Real Estate Options: Live in your home for the remainder of your life, and then have it benefit RMHC-UM
  • Stock/Appreciated Securities: Receive significant tax advantages

Our federal tax i.d.# is 41-1313107.

We would appreciate knowing if you intend to make a planned gift to RMHC-UM. If you prefer to remain anonymous, your gift will be kept confidential. Please download our Letter of Intent, complete and mail to:

Amy Ament
VP of Advancement & Facilities
Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest
818 Fulton Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Contact Information

For more information about planned giving options, please contact Amy Ament at 612.767.2786 / email

Did You Know?

  • $95 pays for one family to stay one night at RMH – Oak Street

  • It costs $1,000 to stock the Help Yourself Pantry at each location every month

  • Our families do approximately 31,000 loads of laundry each year, using $6,200 in detergent

 Volunteer Your Time and Talents

Making a difference to the families who come through our doors

Volunteers are truly the heart of RMHC-UM. Whether they’re helping out in our onsite K-12 school or participating in a Cooks for Kids group, volunteers contribute so much. Many hands make light work at RMHC-UM!

We offer individual and group volunteer opportunities as well as one-time jobs and recurring assignments. We invite you to find the opportunity that fits you best.

More info

 Community Events

Attend an event in your area or host your own

Each year a variety of energetic groups from across the Upper Midwest – including former families, work groups, sports teams, students and more - support us by hosting fundraisers on our behalf. From 5K runs to fishing tournaments, these events put the fun in fundraising!

Interested in organizing your own fundraiser? Planning and hosting a fundraiser allows you to do something you enjoy while simultaneously having a positive impact on families. Consider leveraging the strength of your network to help us help more families at the House that Love Built!

More info and events calendar

 Pop Tab Collecting

Your pop can tabs makes a big difference!

It’s a small gesture, but collecting pop can tabs can make a big difference – in fact, since its founding, the Pop Tab program has raised more than $500,000 for our chapter!  These funds have helped underwrite program costs at our Twin Cities locations. 

Saving pop tabs is easy and fun!  Schools, churches, Scout troops, businesses, neighbors and families have all enjoyed collecting pop tabs, knowing that they are making a difference to the families we serve. 

More info

 Donor Privacy Policy

Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest (RMHC-UM) is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors and we are pleased to provide you our donor privacy policy.

RMHC-UM gathers personal information, such as first and last names, home and work addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and credit card numbers when submitted by you. If you make an online donation, personal information will be collected from you in order to process that donation.

RMHC-UM will never sell, rent, or lease your personal information to other organizations or third parties and we assure that the identity of all our donors will be kept confidential.

We will use personal information collected from you to send you RMHC-UM information, such as newsletters, e-newsletters, event invitations and donor–related mailings. If you elect not to receive such materials, we will not send them to you. Please email us or call 612.331.5752 if you would like to be removed from such mailings.

We endorse and follow the Donor Bill of Rights, created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

The Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:
I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.