Find your tribe and connect with like-minded individuals across our community and engage in fun and rewarding activities throughout the year.

A community thrives when individuals and leaders speak up and drive progress. United Way Suncoast has formed key groups to lead United Way’s efforts in the community, in workplaces and in philanthropy.

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

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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.


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 network
  • Volunteer on team projects
  • 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)

For more information please contact Val Yates at (813) 274-0900.


At the United Way, we recognize and applaud the talents of women. By unleashing their strengths, we can generate a positive force in our community and provide women with some of the most rewarding, challenging, and uplifting experiences of their lifetime. With administrative support from United Way and through a collaboration of community partnerships, this group of women is able to make a measurable impact in the youth of our community. Our participants are women of all ages, backgrounds and career paths who support the organization through their time, talent and treasure in a way that meets their philanthropic needs.

Participants find ways to contribute by offering their:

TIME: Women United values your time. In as little as one hour per month, or up to 25 hours per year, the opportunities are plentiful to make an impact for early childhood education in a time frame that is manageable and rewarding for you. The best hour spent is the one that is given away!

TALENT: Unique abilities which you may be able to share to further the mission include: Managerial Skills, Marketing, Recruiting New Members, Working with Children, Hospitality, Administrative, Fundraising, Public Speaking, or Event Planning.

TREASURE: Resources which you may be able to share to further the mission of Women United. United Way appreciates everyone’s ability to give of their treasure at a level that’s comfortable for you at or above membership dues. Your Treasure is welcomed through monetary or in-kind gifts.

Criteria to Join:

  • 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



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
Vice-President, Individual Philanthropy, Tampa Area
(813) 274-0918

Valerie Yates
Director, Individual Philanthropy, Manatee and Sarasota Areas
(941) 328-6986


Young Leaders’ Society

Young Leaders’ Society is for professionals up to 49 years old who are passionate about community involvement. Our members bring more than energy 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 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.

In addition, Young Leaders’ Society offers opportunities to:

  • Attend exclusive professional networking and professional development events 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

For more information, contact

*YLS Members invest $500 or more annually in United Way Suncoast to fund education and financial stability initiatives to ensure every person in our community has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.





Registration OPEN NOW through August 10, 2018.


Classes begin Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Join a community of young leaders who want to make an impact in our community through serving on a nonprofit board. 

This 5-week course will give you the foundation needed to not only find the best board fit to match your personal passions, but provide you with the knowledge and tools to be highly effective in your new Board role.

What makes this course different?

In addition to receiving a certificate of completion from United Way Suncoast, you’ll receive an in-depth overview of our local non profit community AND meet directly with trusted nonprofits who are actively seeking new volunteer leadership for their boards and committees.

Course Topics Include

  • The Role of Nonprofits in the Community
  • Board Governance
  • Navigating Nonprofit Financials
  • Expectations for Board Members
  • and much more!

Enrollment Fee:

  • Non YLS Members: $300
  • YLS Members: $100*

CLICK HERE to apply. The program begins August 22, 2018 with a 2-hour class held every week at the United Way Suncoast office in Tampa. Deadline to apply is August 10.

For more information on YLS or OnBoard, email

*YLS Members invest $500 or more annually in United Way Suncoast to fund education and financial stability initiatives to ensure every person in our community has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.