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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix gets 4-star rating

Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, has awarded its highest four-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC).

“Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix’s 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” said Charity Navigator Chief Operating Officer Tim Gamory. “Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that the organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way.”

Dugan said that only one in four of the thousands of charities Charity Navigator evaluates has received its highest rating, “indicating that Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix outperforms most other charities in America.”

“We are overwhelmed by this designation from Charity Navigator,” said RMHC Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “It is particularly gratifying because it is not something that we applied for but was earned based on Charity Navigator’s own research, analysis and evaluation.  Much of the credit certainly goes to our board of directors and staff who operate at the highest levels of integrity and ethics.”

Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These “Accountability & Transparency” metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities have “best practices” that minimize the chance of unethical activities and whether they freely share basic information about their organization with their donors and other stakeholders.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix was the recipient of a $2,500 grant from Sundt.

Sundt donates $60K to Phoenix nonprofits

Sundt Construction, Inc. and its employees recently reached a milestone in awarding grants through the Sundt Foundation. Since its inception in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in grants to community organizations in Arizona, Texas and California.

In awarding the second quarter grants, Sundt surpassed the $6 million mark, which included grants to 22 Phoenix nonprofit organizations totaling $60,000. The Sundt Foundation was established by Sundt to give its employee-owners a means of giving back to their communities. It provides financial support to nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adults. Most grants are made to organizations in the communities where Sundt has offices and construction projects. The Foundation is funded primarily by contributions from Sundt employees and company matching. Here’s a closer look at the Phoenix organizations that recently received funding.

$6,000 Grant Recipient
United Food Bank will continue providing nutritious, kid-friendly food to partner agencies that prepare meals, snacks and food boxes for hungry, disadvantaged and vulnerable youth through enrichment programs.

$5,000 Grant Recipient
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors will use the grant money to help build or remodel homes for injured military veterans, providing functionality and safety at home.

$4,500 Grant Recipients
Assistance League of the East Valley will use the funds to provide basic clothing and hygiene kits for homeless and disadvantaged children.

Back to School Clothing Drive will use the funds to help buy new school clothing, backpacks, and school and hygiene supplies for children of low-income families.

$4,000 Grant Recipient
Assistance League of Phoenix will use the grant money to provide new school clothing and athletic shoes for children living in poverty.

$3,500 Grant Recipient
Area Agency on Aging, Region One will use the grant money to support its DOVES program, which provides freedom from domestic abuse for men and women through emergency and transitional housing.

$3,000 Grant Recipients
ICAN will continue providing free, comprehensive empowerment programs, improving the confidence and productivity of children living in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by poverty, crime, substance abuse, gang activity and unemployment.

Yavapai CASA for Kids, Inc. will continue providing clothing gift cards to abused, neglected and abandoned youth up to age 21 who are under the care of the court.

Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun will use the grant money to help low-income, disabled and veteran homeowners safely remain in their homes with dignity and as much independence as they wish.

Against Abuse, Inc. will utilize the grant to provide individual and group counseling to children who have been abused or have witnessed abuse, while introducing them to the arts and sciences through therapeutic and educational activities.
New Pathways for Youth Inc. will use the funds to provide a wide range of services for 150 homeless youth who participate in its PALS mentoring program.

$2,500 Grant Recipients
Community Dental Foundation will use the funds to provide dental care, including full restoration of severe decay, emergency treatment for infections, preventative care and education for children and families in need.

Room for Joy will use the grant money to provide socialization, peer support and recreation activities year-round for several hundred Maricopa County chronically ill children and their families.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc. will use the grant money to provide temporary housing for families in need.

$2,000 Grant Recipient
Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped (ARCH) will use the grant money to provide services to handicapped children of low-income families when school is not in session.

$1,500 Grant Recipients
Phoenix Day will use the funds to continue providing high-quality early childhood education, youth development and preventative health services to families residing in one of Phoenix’s most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Police Officers of Scottsdale Association Outreach Inc. will fund its outreach program, which unites Scottsdale Police officers and public safety officials with local, disadvantaged school children, while providing the children with clothing, backpacks and school supplies.

$1,000 Grant Recipients
Diana Gregory Outreach Services will use the grant money to provide fresh produce for 5,000 senior and disabled residents living in low-income communities.

Homeless Youth Connection will continue providing homeless youth with basic needs, including food, clothing, hygiene items, school supplies and housing referrals.

Apache Junction Food Bank will use the grant money to feed the hungry and provide short term help for those in need.

Chaplaincy for the Homeless will use the grant money to provide necessary documentation for homeless individuals trying to change their lives.

OCJ Kids (Opportunity, Community, and Justice Kids) will use the funds to provide children entering into the foster care system with backpacks, hygiene products and school supplies.


Ronald McDonald House Charities hires Diaz

Geronimo “Jerry” Diaz, who spent the past three years handling executive responsibilities with Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic) and the previous 16 years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Phoenix and Pleasanton, CA, has been named Development Director for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix (RMHC).

Diaz will manage fund-raising and community outreach for RMHC, which recently announced plans to build a third Ronald McDonald House in the Valley on the campus of Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa.

“Jerry brings an important depth of experience which will be vital in our fund-raising efforts for both the new Ronald McDonald House and for our ongoing mission to serve families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley at the two existing Houses in the Valley,” said Ronald McDonald House Executive Director Nancy Roach.  “We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

Most recently, Diaz, a Tempe resident, was Vice President at Learning Ally where he developed new systems and processes, including a board-relations plan supporting 16 boards across the nation.  Previously, he had been Regional Executive Director for the organization.

At the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Diaz served as Regional Director from 2005 to 2009.  Among his accomplishments during his tenure was to negotiate more than 10 television telethon contracts.  Before his promotion to Regional Director, Diaz served as Regional Coordinator in both Pleasanton and Phoenix from 1997 to 2005 and he was District Director of the Las Vegas MDA for two years.

Diaz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University.

For more information about the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, visit www.rmhcphoenix.com.