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Our Alexis de Tocqueville Society’s Bench and Bar is a robust legal network of prominent local attorneys who are taking a stand for our next generation and advocating for positive change in Orange County.

Bench and Bar is an important attorney network sub-group of United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society — an elite alliance of successful, community-minded local philanthropists who invest $10,000 or more annually, with $3,000 or more invested in United Way’s Community Impact Fund.

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

Bench & Bar Committee Members

Jay Wertheim
Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Edwards Lifesciences Corporation

Michele Johnson
Partner, Latham & Watkins

John Simonis
Managing Partner, Paul Hastings

William Rooklidge
Partner, Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher LLP

Bench & Bar Networking Mixers

Our networking mixers occur 3 times per year and feature a topical speaker/panel discussion along with ample networking time at an exclusive venue.

Interested in learning more about these events? Contact Kalina Covello at 949.263.6154 or via email.


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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.

Upcoming United Way Events

Women’s Philanthropy Fund Breakfast 2021

May 20, 2021 @ 9 am – 10 am
Virtual Event

Homelessness 101 Online Class – May 20

May 20, 2021
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. PDT | Virtual

Housing Champions Advocacy 101 Online Workshop – May 14

May 14, 2021
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PDT | Virtual

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.

Contact Us

If you’re interested in learning more about Alexis de Tocqueville Society or the Bench & Bar group,
please contact Kalina Covello at 949.263.6154 or via email. We’d love to hear from you!

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