United Way Romania Alexis de Tocqueville Society

The United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society reunites the leaders in our communities – both as philanthropists and in their respective industries. They are the kind of people who realize they have achieved the


UWRO-Tocqueville-logosuccess that so many others are striving to obtain; and that success also calls for a higher sense of social responsibility.

Worldwide, the Society gathers over 25.000 members and was founded more than 30 years ago to recognize and encourage individual contributions of over 10.000$ per year.

From its roots in the US, the Tocqueville Society has been replicated in only two European countries – in France, where it is presided by Jean-Guillaume de Tocqueville d’Hérouville, Alexis de Tocqueville’s descendant and a champion of philanthropy himself, and in Romania.


United Way Romania’s Tocqueville Society was established in 2011 and currently has 21 members:

Valeria Răcilă van Groningen – President, Bucharest Running Club

Steven van Groningen – President and CEO, Raiffeisen Bank

Peter Weiss – Independent Consultant

Marian Dinu – Managing Partner DLA Piper

Lidia Fați and Dan Fați – Founding Partners Dacris

Ioana Hațegan – Managing Partner, Hațegan Law Office

Andrei Pogonaru – Partner, Central European Financial Services

Daniela Toader and Șerban Toader – Senior Partner, KPMG Romania & Moldova

Dan Ștefan – Managing Partner, Autonom

Adrian Mihai – Managing Partner, Fan Courier

Neculai Mihai – Managing Partner, Fan Courier

Felix Pătrășcanu – Managing Partner, Fan Courier

Vladimir Kalinov – Vicepresident, Raiffeisen Bank

Prof. Radu R. Florescu & family

Mariana Gheorghe  CEO, OMV Petrom

Thomas Christian Knobel  Founder WowApp

Daniel Ștefănescu – CEO Gersim

Laura Khouri  President Western National Group

Michael K. Hayde – CEO Western National Group






As a member of the United Way Romania Alexis de Tocqueville Society, you will:

  • receive information about our work: you will receive regular updates, including briefing papers, newsletters and our annual report
  • be recognized as a top philanthropist: you will receive a place of honor among those who are improving our community through generous contributions.
  • be visibly and publicly recognized at our events: the Annual Gala and the exclusive events organized for the Society members


If you are interested in joining the United Way Romania Alexis de Tocqueville Society, please contact:

Cristina Damian, Executive Director United Way: cristina.damian(at)unitedway.ro

For more information, please download the United Way Romania Alexis de Tocqueville Society Brochure.