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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 more than 26,000 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 invest $10,000 or more annually with the greater of $3,000 or 10% invested in United Way’s Community Impact Fund. 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

Nearly 400 member network

Special events with community leaders

Unique affinity groups

Recognition in the national Alexis de Tocqueville Society

One-on-one personal philanthropy liaison

Doing More for our community

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 25 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


  • Adrian Griggs, Pacific Life Insurance Company
  • Rochelle Karr, O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Committee Members

  • Greg Backley, Automobile Club of Southern California
  • Nicole Carrillo Hall, loanDepot
  • Antonella Castro, Real Estate and Business Lawyer
  • Nanda Kumar Cheruvatath, Eaton Aerospace
  • Kimberlee Davis, The Bahnsen Group
  • Suzanne Fradette, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • Loreen Gilbert CIMA, AIF, CRC, CLTC, WealthWise Financial Services
  • Jackie Kelley, Ernst & Young
  • Andrew Krongold, Spinnaker Investment Group
  • Chris Norton, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Michael Ray, Western Digital
  • Matt Rink, Alcon
  • Bill Rooklidge, Gibson Dunn
  • 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
  • Calista Wu, Rutan & Tucker, LLP
  • Don Yahn, Cushman & Wakefield

Upcoming United Way Events

Part 2: Online Homelessness 101 Class

September 30, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PDT | Virtual
*To complete the full class, you must register for part one on September 28, 2020.

Part 1: Online Homelessness 101 Class

September 28, 2020
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PDT | Virtual
*To complete the full class, you must register for part two on September 30, 2020.

Housing Champions Advocacy 101 Online Workshop (Fullerton)

October 9, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PDT | Virtual

Housing Champions Advocacy 101 Online Workshop (Fullerton)

October 6, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. PDT | Virtual

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 Kalina Covello, Orange County United Way DAF Liaison, at 949.263.6154 or via email.

Become an Alexis de Tocqueville Society Member

Contact Us for More Information
Talk with Kalina Covello at 949.263.6154 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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