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Larry and Gloria Macdonald have been active volunteers and donors with the United Way of Calgary and Area for nearly 30 years. The companies Larry has led have run model employee campaigns, including the company he now chairs, Vermillion Energy, which supports United Way in Calgary and in France. Larry has served on the United Way of Calgary and Area board, as Campaign Chair and as a founding member of the Major Donor program. They belong to the Million Dollar Roundtable donor group.

They became involved with United Way on a global scale in 2005 when Larry was recruited to chair United Way International’s Major Gifts Expansion Program. For the next 3 ½ years they traveled the world visiting at least 19 cities, sometimes making multiple visits to the same cities, in China, Indonesia, Ghana, Uganda, South Africa, India, France, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Russia, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, USA, and Canada to promote the engagement of business and societal leaders in the work of United Way. In addition to their local giving, the Larry and Gloria have contributed to United Way International and they have supported United Ways in France, Ghana, Uganda, and India with Tocqueville level plus gifts in addition to covering their own travel and lodging on United Way business, in over 45 trips. They funded the development of an organization within United Way Centraide Canada to facilitate the ability of Canadians to give to United Ways in developing countries. He also served for three years on the board of United Way International, and as chair of the Resource Development Committee for two. Larry is a current member of the United Way Worldwide Leadership Council.

  • 2013 Tocqueville Society Award Winner

    United Way Tocqueville Society is proud to recognize Michael K. Hayde with the 2013 National United Way Tocqueville Society Award®

    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.