Who Was Alexis de Tocqueville?

“I have seen Americans make great and real sacrifices to the public welfare and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.”
– ALEXIS de TOCQUEVILLE

From politicians to students to journalists, the words of French author and aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville have engaged many for decades. Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” was a two-volume study of the American people and their political institutions. His musings on America’s approach to religion, the press, money, class structure, racism and the role of government remain relevant today in every corner of the country as well as internationally.

United Way Worldwide chose the name Tocqueville Society because of Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of American volunteerism and its effect on the common good. Tocqueville Society members exemplify that spirit of good and of philanthropy in its most generous form.

Benefits of Belonging

United Way Tocqueville Society began in 1984 to honor those individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to philanthropy through their passion for investing in the community and making a difference – personally and collectively. The Tocqueville Society was named in celebration of the vision of French historian Alexis de Tocqueville, who was recognized as a symbol of the true spirit of volunteerism that lives in America’s heart.

Members of the United Way Tocqueville Society give $10,000 or more annually. Currently, we have more than 27,000 Tocqueville members nationally that contribute approximately $570 million on an annual basis.
When you join the Tocqueville Society you are affirming your leadership and deep level of commitment to the betterment of our community. These are several giving levels within the Tocqueville Society.

Giving Level Individual Contribution
Membres de la Société $10,000 – $24,999
Ordre d’ Liberté $25,000 – $49,999
Ordre d’ Egalité $50,000 – $74,999
Ordre de Fraternité $75,000 – $99,999
La Société Nationale $100,000 – $999,999
La Table Ronde d’un Million de Dollars $1,000,000 or more
La Table Ronde de Cinq Millions de Dollars $5,000,000 or more

United Way Tocqueville Society Benefits

Specific local Tocqueville Society benefits differ by location; however, all Tocqueville Society members benefit from:

  • Joining a national network of philanthropic leaders who are engaged locally to create long-lasting, positive changes.
  • Partnering with a quality organization and dedicated staff; ensuring that gifts, voice, and time are efficiently invested in local communities to maximize impact.
  • The unique position of United Way as one of the world’s premier philanthropic organizations which can be used to convene community business and civic leaders focused on the building blocks of a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job; income that can support a family through retirement; and good health.
  • Local Tocqueville Society leaders along with National Society and Million Dollar Roundtable members are invited to attend national and worldwide gatherings of Tocqueville and Million Dollar Roundtable Members.

United Way of Southern West Virginia Membership

Gerald & Deb Swanson 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Shawn & Angela Ball 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
David Darden 2015, 2016
Dr. Ed & Linda Eckley 2016
Richard & Beth Jarrell 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Brett & Melanie Eckley 2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Mike & Terry Muscari 2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Tom Jarrett 2017, 2018, 2019
Donnie & Linda Holcomb 2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Raj & Dr. Jamie Patel 2017, 2018
Dr. Kyle Muscari 2018, 2019
Mr. Chris Cline 2018, 2019
Michael Quesenberry 2018
Austin Caperton 2018
Devonna West 2018, 2019
Bill & Teresa McClanahan 2019
Mike & Bonnie Jarrell 2019
Randolph McGraw 2019
The Cornett Family 2019
Corey Beasley & Greg Darby 2019
Ernie & Lori Davis 2019
Jimmy Songer 2019
Dr. Tony and Joanne Kelly 2019