We believe in counting the blessings of today.

You can make a lasting difference for families with seriously ill children by making a planned gift. In addition to continuing your support of a mission you care deeply about, a planned gift can provide positive tax consequences for your estate and heirs.

No matter what form your gift takes, you can rest assured that your generosity will be deeply appreciated by the thousands of children and families who benefit from the services provided by RMH each year.


  Security Blanket Society

Donors who make provisions for planned, estate and endowment gifts will be recognized in the Security Blanket Society. Named for a child’s favorite blanket, the Security Blanket Society recognizes donors whose gifts provide perpetual income that will help wrap families with the support they need when caring for a seriously ill child.


  Charitable Bequest in Your Will

Giving a gift through your will is one of the easiest and most popular ways to give a planned gift. Below is sample language to assist you and your attorney in making a gift to RMH.

Sample Bequest Language:

Specific Bequest

I give, devise and bequeath to Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake (Tax ID # 56-1220376), a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in Durham, North Carolina a specific bequest of $          .

Residual Bequest

I give, devise and bequeath to Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake (Tax ID # 56-1220376), a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in Durham, North Carolina a specific bequest of           % of my residual estate

Bequest of Other Personal or Real Property

I give, devise and bequeath to Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake (Tax ID # 56-1220376), a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization headquartered in Durham, North Carolina a specific bequest of            (description of personal or real property)


  Appreciated Stocks

Gifts of appreciated securities held longer than one year are exempt from capital gains taxes and entitle you to a tax deduction equal to the market value at the time of transfer. Gifts of appreciated stocks may also be given as annual gifts.


  Real Estate

The donation of real estate is a way to make a significant charitable impact and receive considerable tax benefits. Potential benefits include a tax deduction for the full fair-market value of the property, avoidance of capital gain taxes on the property’s appreciation at the time of the gift, and reduced estate taxes and administrative expenses.


  Life Insurance

When you transfer ownership of an existing policy to RMH, you receive a tax deduction for the cash surrender value. Naming RMH as the beneficiary of a policy can result in an estate tax charitable deduction.


  Retirement Plans

Designating RMH as the beneficiary of your retirement plan can prevent double taxation: estate and income.


  Charitable Gift Annuities

In addition to an immediate tax deduction, charitable gift annuities offer guaranteed lifetime income for one or two individuals. A charitable gift annuity may be established with a gift of at least $10,000.


  Charitable Remainder Trust

Get an immediate tax deduction and still receive income from your investments for the rest of your life by making a gift where you control the investment of the assets, but anything left over goes to charity at your death.


  Endowment Funds

Security Blanket Fund

Current or planned gifts may be directed to the RMH Security Blanket Fund, a permanent endowment that will provide support for families long into the future. Your endowment gift will be invested and remains intact, while the investment earnings support RMH’s mission and programs into perpetuity.

Gifts of any size may be restricted for the Security Blanket Fund. Endowment funds which include permanent naming recognition for you or a loved one include:

Named Endowment Fund

A named endowment fund may be established with a minimum gift of $50,000.

Endow a Family’s Stay for a Year

Permanent naming opportunities include endowing a room or suite. The interest from the endowment will pay a family’s stay in a small bedroom or long-term-stay suite. Room and suite endowment donors will be recognized on a plaque outside the sponsored bedroom.

  • Endow a Room – $100,000, will generate $15/day to pay a family’s portion of their stay
  • Endow a Suite – $150,000, will generate $10/day to pay a family’s portion of their stay
Futures Fund

Planned gifts that are unrestricted will be placed in the Future Fund, a quasi-endowment providing sustained income and funds to support future initiatives to support seriously ill children and their families.

To learn more about ways to help, contact Nancy Jones.

As you make your giving plans, please consult your tax and legal advisors.

Other Ways to Give

Make Fun Matter

A simple way for you to create your own fundraiser.

Pop Tab Collections

Little things can make a big difference.

Vehicle Donations

Donate your vehicle and help us help families.

Wish List

We rely on our generous community to donate everyday household supplies.

Change Collections

Help collect pennies, nickels and dimes for our Day of Change and all year round.