Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem Announces New Executive Director

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The Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem celebrated its 28th birthday of providing a “home away from home” for families of children receiving treatment in our local medical facilities with the arrival of a very special present – new Executive Director, Charles (Chuck) W. Kraft.

Kraft comes to the Ronald McDonald House after 30+ years of experience in the CPA and non-profit arenas. He has lived in Winston-Salem since attending Wake Forest University on a football scholarship.  Kraft graduated with an accounting degree, earned his CPA credentials, and worked with two accounting firms for ten years.  In 1990 Kraft transitioned to the non-profit sector and joined the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina as CFO.  He later worked with Smart Start and became Executive Director for five years.  Most recently, Kraft held the position of Executive Director of the Robinhood Road Family YMCA. 

A long-standing member of the Ronald McDonald House Winston-Salem family since 1986, Kraft has served as an Audit Committee member, Board of Directors Treasurer, and volunteer.  Board president Edward Griggs explained “it was very important to us that the newest member of our team come to the table with not only a great understanding of our mission, but also with a clear passion for our work. Chuck has exhibited that passion through his various involvements with our House.”  Capital Development Services (CapDev) conducted the search for the Executive Director and evaluated over 100 applicants.  CapDev has been a long-time partner of the House and has provided pro bono campaign counsel and other resources.

Over the past 28 years, RMHWS has established its place in this community as a home for families during a critical time in their lives.  Serving over 1,000 families a year, the RMH provides a much-needed service to these families. “We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate our 28th year than by having Chuck on board,” remarked Griggs, adding that “we know that his leadership will usher us into the next years of our future.”

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