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O.C. United Way welcomes new group of young donors

The Emerging Tocqueville Leaders circle aims to introduce more young professionals to the organization

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: May 23, 2012 10:55 AM

Orange County United Way has created a new donor circle, the Emerging Tocqueville Leaders, for up-and-coming philanthropists committed to long-term support of the organization and the community. The local United Way chapter provides material relief and programs to Orange County’s most vulnerable, those living under the poverty level, and providing the necessary support for putting them back on the road to self-sufficiency.

The Emerging Tocqueville Leaders is a sort of junior level group to United Way’s more established donor circle, the Tocqueville Society. Established in 1984, the Tocqueville Society represents the highest level of donor commitment to the organization, and includes a range of benefits for members, including several exclusive receptions and the annual Tocqueville Society, invitations to events and volunteer opportunities, recognition in United Way publications, and Tocqueville Society pin and e-newslettter.

The Emerging Tocqueville Leaders will be comprised of Southern California’s bright young philanthropists, who will commit to a contribution level of $5,000 or more each year, and to increase that contribution to the Tocqueville Society level –– $10,000 or more annually –– by the age of 40. Emerging Tocqueville Leaders will have full access to the Tocqueville Society through their commitment, as well as United Way’s 90 partner agencies.

“We’re so excited to launch the Emerging Tocqueville Leaders, and look forward to the great things they are going to accomplish to assist people in our community with achieving a good quality life, which in turn will help Orange County continue to thrive,” said Carla Vargas, Orange County United Way’s senior vice president of Community Impact. Vargas is one of 2012 OC METRO’s 40 Under 40, and accepted her award along with dozens of other honorees and hundreds of attendees at Pelican Hill earlier this month.

“Young professionals in our community have great ideas and passion for philanthropy, as well as the expertise and resources to get things done and the Emerging Tocqueville Leaders provides an opportunity for them to get directly involved in making a difference,” Vargas said.

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