"When an American needs the assistance of his fellows, it is very rare for that to be refused. When some unexpected disaster strikes a family, a thousand strangers willingly open their purses."
- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835)
In 1835 Alexis de Tocqueville, a French aristocrat and philosopher, wrote Democracy in America. An observation on the American lifestyle, it told the world of the generosity and care that this young country held so dear. In 1972, United Way of America created the Alexis de Tocqueville Society in order to recognize those who have rendered outstanding service as volunteers in their community. Recognizing philanthropists who donate $10,000 or more to the United Way, the members of this society truly embody the American spirit de Tocqueville spoke of.
UWGG Tocqueville Society continues to provide leadership thru giving, advocating, and volunteering in our community. Today, 5 members of nearly 150 belong to the Million Dollar Roundtable. Members of this elite group exemplify leadership in philanthropy. They are among the United Way movement's most outstanding and engaged partners. Creating lasting changes and addressing root causes, this group of individuals has contributed $1 million each to United Way of Greater Greensboro.
In addition to their exceptional financial contribution, these members have served United Way of Greater Greensboro for many years volunteering and advocating.
The Tocqueville Society fosters, promotes and recognizes the vital importance of our community. Their continued commitment and like-minded focus, together in "one voice" challenges them to become change agents right here in Greensboro-improving the lives of those in need!
Members of the Tocqueville Society make an annual contribution of $10,000 or more that is undesignated, or given in support of a United Way focus area or strategic initiative.
Want an opportunity to "grow" with your gift? Offered to first time donors, the Tocqueville Step-Up Initiative is a 3 year plan offering full Tocqueville benefits in the first year. This unique initiative encourages the donor to become more educated and engaged in UW's focus.
|Award Name||Award Giving Amount|
|Ordre de Prosperite||$1, 000,000 – and above|
|Ordre de Conaissance||$500,000 – $999,999|
|Ordre d’Independance||$250,000 – $499,999|
|La Société Nationale||$100,000 – $249,000|
|Ordre de Fraternité||$75,000 – $99,999|
|Ordre d'Egalité||$50,000 – $74,999|
|Ordre de Liberté||$25,000 – $49,999|
|Membre de Classique||$15,000 – $24,999|
|Membres de la Société||$10,000 – $14,999|
- A leader in the United Way community and yearly campaign
- Recognition in the National Tocqueville Society Directory and Local Registry
- Exclusive Tocqueville Society events (maybe list events)
Contact Jennifer Gipp, Director of Tocqueville Societies for more information