A community cannot thrive without leaders speaking up and driving progress. United Way Suncoast has formed key groups to lead United Way’s efforts in the community, in workplaces and in philanthropy. Find out more about how you can lead community improvement and become more involved in United Way’s efforts through these affinity groups.

Leadership in Action

A Win-Win Program

Each year, corporate partners join with United Way in a cost-effective training program to improve our community and sharpen the talents of promising employees. Loaned Executives (LEs) benefit from a unique professional development program that cultivates executive talent, nurtures enthusiasm, strengthens sales skills and raises confidence.

Alumni have increased their effectiveness and business skills due to their experience as a United Way Loaned Executive.

LEs lend their expertise and energy to assist United Way in its Workplace Campaign efforts. As a result, costs are kept low by maximizing staff and volunteer efforts.

Employees Win:

  • Cultivate valuable business contacts
  • Increase leadership skills
  • Enhance public speaking and problem solving expertise
  • Develop insight into community needs and resources

Companies Win:

  • Improve corporate image
  • Boost company visibility and relationships
  • Achieve professional development
  • Impact community quality of life

Communities Win:

  • Maximize volunteer efforts
  • Heighten awareness of critical community needs
  • Create civic leaders for United Way and the community


  • Rising executives
  • Employees in transition
  • Sales managers
  • Management trainees

Desired Attributes:

  • Leadership potential
  • Self-motivated
  • Results-oriented
  • Organized
  • Community-focused


  • Loaned Executive service runs 14 weeks
  • August – November

Women United

Women United brings together women in the spirit of philanthropy and service.

As a network of women in leadership positions, we use our energy, talent, and passion to build a strong collective voice in our impact areas, especially in the arena of early literacy.

It is about being part of something powerful: a community of smart and successful women working together to achieve common goals for the betterment of all.

For more information please contact Phuong Nguyen at (813) 274-0960 or via email pnguyen@uwsuncoast.org.

Women United gives you many opportunities to show your commitment to empowering other women:

  • Attend professional networking events with other influential female business and community leaders
  • Participate in exclusive Women United events throughout the year
  • Expand your professional network
  • Develop personally and professionally through Women United Power Lunch series
  • Volunteer on team projects that positively impact women and children
  • Champion United Way Summer Care and Reading Pals programs
  • Get plugged into community issues, agencies and programs
  • Participate in United Way Worldwide Women of Influence events ($5,000+ level)

Criteria to join:

  • $1,000 annual investment
  • Self-identify on pledge card or e-pledge system

“Women United members are true role models for women who aspire to become philanthropists in their own right.”
– Tana Welch, District Manager Publix Super Markets


Summer Care is a free, innovative, neighborhood-based program that provides safe, enriching environments for school-aged children.

Summer Care enables low- to moderate-income parents to remain employed, work additional hours, further their education and receive free financial education.

Since its inception in 2005, more than 2,600 children and their parents have participated in Summer Care. Savings for participating families averaged more than $500,000 each summer.

Summer Care moms speak up:

“We recently received assistance from the United Way in the form of a scholarship that would assist in our tuition at Girls, Inc. This was a true blessing as I have been picking from the “bill hat” to see who would get paid next…that is a very scary thought and one I have never been faced with in the past. With this assistance, I was able to redirect my funds to pay other bills such as my car payment, the electricity and our water bill.”
— Melanie

“I am so very thankful for the angels/sponsors that help fund this center. Because of these special anonymous people, my children, who have no idea of how hard mommy works just to maintain a semi-comfortable living environment, can enjoy their summer, and I am able to work in peace and know that my children are in good hands.”

Tocqueville Society

Members of the United Way’s Tocqueville Society fulfill the 19th Century writings of Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville by exhibiting the American philanthropic spirit.

Leaders in Philanthropy

Tocqueville Society members are community champions and committed citizens dedicated to improving lives in Tampa Bay and making it possible for people to achieve their full potential.

Tocqueville Society Membership

United Way invites you to join the Tocqueville Society. By supporting the United Way as a Tocqueville member, you recognize that your single contribution will positively affect the greatest number of people in our community.

Membership includes individuals and foundations who contribute $10,000 a year or more to United Way. A $100,000 gift grants a donor membership in the National Tocqueville Society. The Million Dollar Roundtable includes donors who contribute $1,000,000 or more to United Way within any five-year period.

Membership has its Benefits

By joining the Tocqueville Society, members become a part of a committed group of civic-minded leaders who help to shape the future of the Tampa Bay community. Tocqueville Society members have the opportunity to network with area business leaders, colleagues and friends by attending year-round Tocqueville Society special events. Throughout the year, United Way recognizes its esteemed Tocqueville Society members in United Way and community publications.


Levels of Commitment

  • Suncoast Society  ($10,000 – $14,999)
  • Ordre de Liberte ($15,000-$24.999)
  • Ordre d’ Egalite ($25,000 – $49,999)
  • Ordre de Fraternite ($50,000 – $74,999)
  • La Societe Nationale ($100,000 – $249,999)
  • Ordre d Indépendance ($250,000 – $499,999)
  • Ordre de Connaissance ($500,000 – $749,999)
  • Ordre de Prosperite ($750,000 – $999,000)
  • La Table Ronde des Millions de Dollars ($1,000,000 +)

Tocqueville Legacy Circle

A special group of community leaders

As a member of United Way Tocqueville Society, you’re already making a difference in our community. You understand how important our work is and how critical it is that your work continues for years to come. We invite you to join the Tocqueville Legacy Circle, a unique opportunity for members and their families to continue their impact and influence in our community by creating a legacy which would allow your annual gift to be made forever.

This goal can be accomplished by giving to our endowment with a gift in perpetuity.  Your Tocqueville gift would provide United Way the ability to plan for the future and continue providing for critical community resources.

You’ve probably seen the phrase “Live United”. But what does it really mean to Live United?  It means that we remain passionately committed to improving our community and those who live and work here in measurable and lasting ways.  Live United is our focus on the building blocks for a better life:

Live United is our vision for a bright future in the Suncoast.  Your generous gifts make it possible for our work to continue and we can’t thank you enough for your support now and in the future.

We suggest that you talk with your financial advisor to determine which of these plans is right for you:

  • Make an outright gift of cash or stock to United Way Suncoast
  •  Include United Way Suncoast in your will or trust
  •  Consider a United Way Life insurance policy
  • Designate United Way Suncoast as the beneficiary of an IRA or 401k
  • Create a split interest gift


Only 26 years old when he came to America in 1831, Alexis Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville traveled all over the young nation. Though he only spent nine months in the United States, he gleaned an insightful view of American Society. His observations, readings, and discussions with eminent Americans formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics, published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840.

Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans helped each other in times of need. He recognized, applauded and immortalized the voluntary spirit that lives in America’s heart. He wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a 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.”

The name Tocqueville Society was chosen because of Alexis de Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and voluntary effort for the common good.

Julie Sills-Molock
Director, Major Gifts, Tampa Area
(813) 274-0918

Valerie Yates
Director, Major Gifts, Sarasota Area
(941) 328-6986

Young Leaders’ Society

Young Leaders’ Society is for emerging professionals up to 39 years old who are passionate about community involvement. Our members bring more than youth and professional stature: they are leaders with a vision for their future and our community.

Full of enthusiasm and energy, they know that collectively they can drive great community change. Young Leaders’ Society fosters the participation, commitment and growth of philanthropic-focused young professionals in furthering the mission of United Way Suncoast with a special focus on adult financial stability issues.

Come together with like-minded individuals to make a positive impact through volunteerism, advocacy, and philanthropy while developing community leadership skills.

NEW in 2017, this program gives YLS members a forum to learn more about how nonprofits operate, how nonprofit boards function, how to serve as an effective nonprofit board member, and how to act as an ambassador for the organization. Members will also have the opportunity to make valuable connections with United Way Suncoast executive leaders and Board members.

Course Topics include

All About United Way Suncoast

  • History and strategic plan
  • Local/global impact
  • The need for strong leaders (professional and volunteer)

Board Governance

  • Volunteer and organizational structure
  • Roles and responsibilities (legal and otherwise)
  • Variance on size of organization
  • Division of duties between Board and staff

The Role of a Nonprofit in the Community

  • Economic Impact
  • Effective Fundraising

Serving as an Advocate or Ambassador

  • Making Your Moment
  • Communicating the mission
  • Public Policy – connecting to community-level change

Board Involvement for Professional Development

  • Building a life worth living

CLICK HERE to apply. The program begins March 22, with a 90 minute class held every other week. Class size is limited. Deadline to apply is March 10.

Classes are open to Young Leaders’ Society members only.
YLS members make a $500 minimum yearly investment in United Way Suncoast.

In addition, Young Leaders’ Society offers opportunities to:

  • Attend exclusive professional networking events and the Power Lunch series with business and community leaders
  • Participate in leadership development programs
  • Increase personal and professional contacts
  • Volunteer on community projects and activities supporting United Way programs and partners
  • Learn about key issues impacting our community
  • Attend Young Leaders’ Society social events

Phuong Nguyen
Director, Leadership Giving & New Business
(813) 274-0960