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