Membership Groups

Tocqueville Society members are philanthropic leaders who, through generous gifts of treasure, demonstrate their commitment to tackling our community’s most pressing problems to create sustainable change. The Society is named after the 19th century French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville who, in his writings, recognized the importance of voluntary action on behalf of the common good. The Society is dedicated to developing a stronger sense of community and connection among local philanthropists through engagement opportunities that grow awareness of issues and solutions affecting the well-being of children and families in our community and networking with like-minded individuals.

Members of our local Tocqueville Society automatically become members of United Way Worldwide’s Tocqueville United, a society comprised of philanthropic leaders from throughout the United Way network, which includes not only the United States but also the world.

Membership Criteria
Tocqueville Society membership is open to individuals or couples who donate $10,000 or more annually through the United Way Campaign

Membership Benefits

  • Access to, and networking with, influential local business and community leaders
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Opportunities throughout the year to engage with Tocqueville United members nationally via the Tocqueville United Signature Series
  • Opportunity to witness and experience United Way’s work first-hand
  • Priority access to United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut events
  • Receipt of quarterly Tocqueville e-newsletter
  • Premier listing in United Way’s Annual Report

Combined Household Gifts
When you combine your gift with that of your spouse or partner for a total annual gift of $10,000 or more, you both can be recognized as United Way Tocqueville Society members. If you wish to be recognized as Tocqueville Society members for your combined gifts, please be sure to indicate this on your pledge forms.

Why give directly to United Way?
United Way addresses the immediate needs of local children, adults and families and finds long-term solutions to challenges in our community. We do this by investing in community-based programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers. Donors who partner with United Way by investing in our work help ensure opportunities are available for every child to succeed in school and for every family to achieve financial security.

It is through connecting people and passions that we are able to make our region a better place.

Membership Donation Fulfillment Options
United Way offers Tocqueville Society members a variety of ways to fulfill their donation through the United Way Community Campaign.

Meet Mary Ellen Jones
Pratt & Whitney Vice President of Asia-Pacific Sales
and United Way Tocqueville Society Member

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To learn more, please contact Kim Reeves, Director, Leadership and Major Giving at

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