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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 elite group of local philanthropists is an alliance of nearly 400 successful, community-minded individuals and business leaders who contribute $10,000 or more annually with $3,500 or more invested 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 some of our leaders:

For over two decades, Sherri Bovino and Greg Burden have brought passion, insights, and expertise to Orange County United Way. Sherri serves as a board member and is a past chair for the Women’s Philanthropy Fund and Greg is a past chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society.

Throughout the 26 years that Suzanne Fradette has been involved with United Way, she has been an active board member, a past chair of the Women’s Philanthropy Fund, an Alexis de Tocqueville Society cabinet co-chair and is a member of the Orange Impact Society. In 2015, she was honored as one of the Volunteers of the Year for her contribution of time and talents to advancing United Way’s mission.

Nancy and Mike Meyer have supported Orange United Way for more than 30 years. They committed at the highest level of personal generosity for our community as members of Million Dollar Roundtable, an amazing group of extraordinary leaders, who are helping to create a lifelong partnership that transforms lives and creates change where it is needed most.

Alexis de Tocqueville Cabinet Members


  • Darryl Button, Pacific Life Insurance Company
  • Karla Button, Community Volunteer

Committee Members

  • Greg Backley, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Shirin Behzadi
  • Antonella Castro, Real Estate and Business Lawyer
  • Suzanne Fradette, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Loreen Gilbert, WealthWise Financial Services
  • Jackie Kelley, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Andrew Krongold, Spinnaker Investment Group, LLC
  • Nanda Kumar, Eaton Aerospace
  • Chris Norton, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Michael Ray, Western Digital
  • Matt Rink, Alcon Labs
  • Bill Rooklidge, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Steve Roush, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Retired)
  • Jim Scheinkman, Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P.
  • John Simonis, Paul Hastings
  • Gabriel Steffens, TIAA-CREF
  • John Valenta, Deloitte.
  • John Waldeck, CMB, CRI, Pacific Life Insurance Company
  • Don Yahn, Cushman & Wakefield

Upcoming United Way Events

The Zest of OC

Saturday, October 29, 2022 from 5:30 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Marriott Irvine Spectrum, 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

There are currently no upcoming 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.

Become an Alexis de Tocqueville Society Member

Contact Us for More Information
Talk with Mike Olson at 949.263.6127 or via email to learn more

Alexis de Tocqueville Society Pledge Form

Send your Alexis de Tocqueville Society gift to United Way online using the form below. Or, if you prefer, you can download the form in PDF format.

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