Doug Dawson is a man of strong convictions. He works passionately on behalf of charities he believes in.
Since 2010, Doug has served our families as a Trustee, Board Chair and event volunteer. He’s cheered on students raising funds for our Red Shoe Crew donation drives. And he’s one of the first people to greet and thank new supporters of the House.
Doug is an eloquent spokesman. He’s fueled by a deep desire to ensure families with hospitalized children may stay close together and experience the compassionate care they so urgently need.
His insight is deeply personal too. Ten years ago, his youngest son, Eric, was diagnosed as a teenager with testicular cancer.
During the difficult days of his son’s hospitalization, Doug saw firsthand the value of a stable, caring environment to families in such a time of crisis. Fortunately, Eric has fully recovered. He even volunteered and interned at our Ronald McDonald House before leaving for college and his own career.
Doug now makes sure his friends, neighbors and colleagues know that the San Diego Ronald McDonald House welcomes all families with a seriously ill or hospitalized child. Today, Doug is a Charter Member of our Many Hearts Legacy Society. And he makes sure to donate his IRA required minimum distribution (RMD) to benefit the families who visit our House.
“Directing my tax-free RMD gift to the House is one of the simplest ways I know to help through my giving,” says Doug. Because Doug gives directly from his IRA, and to a qualified charity, his donation is tax-free. Anybody over 70½ years of age can make this gift up to $100,000.
Directing my tax-free RMD gift to the House is one of the simplest ways I know to help through my giving"
Doug Dawson with grandchildren Edward and Elsie at a Red Shoe Crew donation drive.
What You Can Do
If you'd like to use your IRA required minimum distribution to support the House:
- Contact Charles Day at 858-598-2420 or email@example.com, or
- Download a sample IRA distribution letter, or
- View our IRA Frequently Asked Questions