Ronald McDonald House Charities Dayton (RMHC Dayton) provides community, comfort, and hope to families of seriously ill children. With just 19 rooms, RMHC Dayton was not able to keep up with increased demand. More families than ever were bringing their children to Dayton for innovative medical care, and the modern hospital treatment model was shifting from overnight stays to outpatient procedures. Because of this shift families were staying at the house longer, and the children staying there needed special support as they recovered. The leaders at RMHC Dayton had a vision to build a new house to accommodate 50 families. To gauge community support for their $30 million goal, Cramer & Associates conducted a feasibility study in 2021.
During the study, we determined that RMHC Dayton could raise $25 million. We recommended dividing the campaign into two phases:
Phase One – $20 million
This would build the first two floors in their entirety and prepare the structure of the third floor. Floors 1 and 2 would accommodate 30 families.
Phase Two – $5 million
This would complete the third floor so the house could accommodate 20 additional families.
To ensure success, we took time to find the right honorary campaign chair. With our guidance RMHC Dayton secured a leader who had influence in the community and a personal affinity for the cause. He and his wife were dedicated leaders with a passion for the mission.
In the end, the time we took to find the right leaders paid off. Our honorary campaign chairs recruited campaign committee members and graciously hosted a campaign event at their home. Most importantly, they used their connections to secure a $13 million gift from Ohio’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations. This was the largest gift the organization had ever received. Before RMHC Dayton even announced the campaign to the public, they exceeded their Phase One goal. Now they expect to begin construction a full six months ahead of schedule. Watch highlights of the ceremonial groundbreaking from August 17th, 2022 below!
The outpouring of support for Phase One of the campaign has provided RMHC Dayton with the momentum they need to begin Phase Two.
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