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.”

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 LevelIndividual 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

William E. Massey

2010, 2011, 2012. 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Gerald & Deb Swanson2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Shawn & Angela Ball2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
David Darden2015, 2016
Dr. Ed & Linda Eckley2016
Richard & Beth Jarrell2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Brett & Melanie Eckley2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Mike & Terry Muscari2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Tom Jarrett2017, 2018, 2019
Donnie & Linda Holcomb2017, 2018, 2019
Dr. Raj & Dr. Jamie Patel2017, 2018
Dr. Kyle Muscari2018, 2019
Chris Cline2018, 2019
Michael Quesenberry2018
Austin Caperton2018
Devonna West2018
Dr. Stuart & Amy Cornett


Bill & Teresa McClanahan2019
Mike & Bonnie Jarrell2019
Randolph McGraw2019
The Cornett Family – Jan-Care Ambulance2019
Corey Beasley & Greg Darby – The Little General Family2019
Ernie & Lori Davis2019
Jimmy Songer II2019
Dr. Tony and Joanne Kelly2019
Elmer Coppoolse – The Resort at Glade Springs2019