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 and creating  sustainable positive 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 Worldwide global network.

Membership Criteria
Tocqueville Society membership is open to individuals or couples who donate gifts totaling $10,000 or more annually of which a minimum of $1,000 is allocated to United Way to support the organization’s work.

Membership Benefits

  • Access to, and networking with, influential business, community and philanthropic leaders
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Opportunities to engage on a global level with Tocqueville United members
  • 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 Society 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. (Please note that a minimum of $1,000 of your $10,000 or more combined total donation must be allocated to United Way to support the organization’s work to qualify for Tocqueville Society membership.)

Women of Tocqueville

Women of Tocqueville is a transformative group of committed business, civic and philanthropic women leaders dedicated to helping their neighbors in need and stabilizing families struggling to make ends meet through engagement opportunities to tackle challenges and create positive sustainable change for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families. Through involvement, members are afforded the chance to build strong bonds with other like-minded philanthropists, deepen their knowledge of community issues, and support women and children by sharing their wisdom, service, and generosity.

Women of Tocqueville members are entitled to special recognition and benefits in addition to that offered to Tocqueville Society members. Learn more

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 organization’s work help create a community in which 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 annual donation.

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

2024 eNewsletters

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

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