Tocqueville Society

The namesake of the Tocqueville Society, Alexis de Tocqueville, admired three aspects of American life that continue to define our society:  Liberty, equality and the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor.  Today, members of United Way’s Tocqueville Society exemplify that philanthropic spirit that so impressed the young Alexis de Tocqueville when he first visited the United States.

Leaders in Philanthropy

Tocqueville Society members are community champions, business leaders, advocates and committed citizens dedicated to improving lives across the Suncoast region 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 United Way as a Tocqueville Society member, you ensure that your investment will support work in our community that changes the lives of countless children and families.

Membership includes individuals, households 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, and 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 part of a committed group of civic-minded leaders who care about making a positive difference in our community. Tocqueville Society members receive special communications and have opportunities to network with business and community leaders, colleagues, other philanthropists, and friends by participating in informational and social events.

Levels of Commitment

  • Membres de la Société — $10,000 – $14,999
  • La Societé de Côte de Soleil — $15,000 – $24.999
  • Ordre de Liberté — $25,000 – $49,999
  • Ordre d’Egalité — $50,000 – $74,999
  • Ordre de Fraternité — $75,000 – $99,999
  • La Société Nationale — $100,000 – $249,999
  • Ordre d’Indépendance — $250,000 – $499,999
  • Ordre de Connaissance — $500,000 – $749,999
  • Ordre de Prospérité — $750,000 – $999,999
  • La Table Ronde de Millions de Dollars — $1,000,000 and above

United Way Suncoast/Bill McBride Tocqueville Legacy Circle

A special group of community leaders

The Bill McBride Tocqueville Legacy Circle, named for one of United Way Suncoast’s most loyal supporters, is a special group of Tocqueville Society members who have chosen to make a lasting impact by pledging to give $250,000 or more through their estate plans to endow their annual Tocqueville Society gift.

As a member of United Way Suncoast’s Tocqueville Society, you already make a difference in our community by investing in our work and sharing in our mission.  We hope you’ll consider joining this special group of Legacy donors whose investment in their community will continue in perpetuity through their gift.  There are many ways to give, including:

  • Making an outright gift of cash or stock to United Way Suncoast
  • Including United Way Suncoast in your will or estate plans
  • Considering a United Way Life insurance policy
  • Designating United Way Suncoast as the beneficiary of an IRA or 401(k)

As always, we encourage you to consult with your financial advisor to determine giving options that will best meet your philanthropic and financial objectives.


Only 26 years old when he came to America in 1831, Alexis Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville traveled across the young nation. Though he only spent nine months in the United States, his experiences gave him insight into American Society and its values. 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 during this time was that Americans helped each other in times of need. He recognized and applauded the voluntary spirit that lives in America’s heart and wrote, “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of 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 observations made by Alexis de Tocqueville and the spirit of generosity and philanthropy he witnessed continue today.  With more than 24,000 Tocqueville Society members collectively contributing more than $500,000,000 annually, the Tocqueville Society continues to create significant positive change as it impacts the lives of thousands of children and families across the U.S.  To learn more about the United Way Suncoast Tocqueville Society, please contact one of us.





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