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The hallmark of an Alexis de Tocqueville Society member is a special level of commitment to making a positive impact. Across the United States, there are nearly 25,000 members working together to change lives.

Here in Orange County, our influential group of local philanthropists is an alliance of more than 300 successful, community-minded individuals and business leaders who invest $10,000 or more annually in Orange County United Way’s community-based work. We are grateful to our members who show their passion by contributing time, talent, and financial resources to help transform Orange County.

Benefits of Membership

Join a network of nearly 400 members

Special events with community leaders

Unique affinity groups

Recognition in the national Alexis de Tocqueville Society

One-on-one personal philanthropy liaison

Caring for our community #TheOCWay

Alexis de Tocqueville Society Affinity Groups

At the forefront of improving lives through generosity and passion

Setting the standard for charitable giving, Alexis de Tocqueville Society members are at the forefront of improving lives through extraordinary financial gifts, volunteerism and advocacy. Meet our co-chairs:

Shirin Behzadi
Alexis de Tocqueville Society Co-Chair
Chief Executive Officer,
Shirin Behzadi, LLC

Alexis de Tocqueville Cabinet Members

Tocqueville Society Cabinet Co-Chairs

  • Greg Backley, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Shirin Behzadi, Shirin Behzadi, LLC

Women United Co-Chairs

  • Haunani Nakabara, Intuitive
  • Maggie O’Sullivan, J.P. Morgan Chase

Committee Members

  • Eric Goodman, Mountain View Services, Inc.
  • Karen Grundhofer, Jump Global Technology Advisors
  • Dan Hagedorn, Reed Smith LLP
  • Jim Moloney, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Becki Procsal, KPMG LLP
  • Matt Rink, Alcon Labs
  • Steve Roush, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (retired)
  • Jim Scheinkman, Snell & Wilmer LLP
  • Nisha Verma, Dorsey & Whitney LLP
  • John Waldeck, Pacific Life Insurance Co.
  • Don Yahn, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Casper Yen, The Lew Firm

Upcoming United Way Events

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Donor Advised Fund – Doing More to help you achieve philanthropic goals

Orange County United Way is excited to offer our distinguished donors the opportunity to establish an online Donor-Advised Fund (DAF). You can maximize your charitable contributions for income tax purposes and make grant recommendation to charities of your choice at your convenience. Our unique benefits:

  • No time limit on spending your contribution
  • Complex assets accepted
  • One-on-one personal liaison
  • Personalize your fund
  • No set-up fee
  • Competitive market prices for maintenance & processing fees

For more information, please contact Mike Olson, Orange County United Way Associate Director, Development, at 949.263.6127 or via email.

Join the Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Click here to download the form in PDF format.

If you have any questions, contact Mike Olson, Director of Major Gifts, at 949.263.6127 or via email to learn more

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