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Mike Hayde grew up in an extremely economically challenged area. His early experiences there influenced his philosophy of philanthropy, volunteerism and the value of “second chances”, and inspired his passion for creating opportunities for all at home in Orange County and around the world.

Mike’s involvement with United Way began in Orange County when the Tocqueville Society was in its formative stages and he was asked to join by a business competitor and philanthropist, Peter Ochs. Since then, Mike’s financial support has increased year over year and he is currently a member of the $10 Million Roundtable of the Tocqueville Society. His strategic and thoughtful giving includes support for United Way infrastructure and for valuable staff recognition and retention incentives. He also challenged Orange County United Way to “think differently” by inspiring the establishment of endowment that will provide a sustainable source of funding for the future.

His contributions are not only financial. As a volunteer leader he has invited many of his peers to join him as members of the Million Dollar Roundtable and Tocqueville Society. He led the effort to grow the endowment through the Tocqueville Legacy Circle, asking board members and Tocqueville members to endow their gifts. He supported a partnership between United Way and the California Apartment Association that will result in funding for the rapid re-housing efforts that are a key component to reducing the number of homeless and housing insecure children by half in the next ten years.