United Way Tocqueville Society


The prestigious United Way Tocqueville Society is a national, philanthropic society honoring individuals who annually give $10,000 or more to United Way. Tocqueville members are individuals who understand the need to lead by example in their communities and their organizations.

Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat, toured the United States applauding the voluntary spirit of American society.  His observations formed the 1835 work "Democracy in America," a detailed study of American society, culture and politics.  Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans helped one another in times of need. 

"I must say that I have seen Americans make great and real sacrifices to the public welfare; and I have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another."

Ninety one individuals or couples are now members of the United Way Tocqueville Society.  There are 490 Tocqueville Societies in communities across the United States,  25,475 members nationwide who given $514M and since 1984, the Tocqueville Society has cumulatively given over $6,185,000,000 to be invested in the communities where they live and work. 

Nationwide, over 525 individuals and families have made plans to, or have endowed their annual Tocqueville gift by joining the Legacy Society.  This is conservatively estimated to have a $132,000,000 current and future impact on endowments held by United Ways and will generate a Tocqueville level gift in their name in perpetuity.  These Legacy Society gifts will improve lives far into the future.  Please consider becoming a member of the Legacy Society.

United Way Tocqueville Society of Greater New Haven

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Bruce D. Alexander
Robert J. Alpern and Patricia Preisig
Charlie and Lisa Andriole
Nancy and Hank Bartels
Marna and Eric Borgstrom
Dr. and Mrs. Harold D. Bornstein, Jr.
Guido and Anne Tyler Calabresi
Donald and Joyce Calcagnini
Collins Foundation
William E. Curran
Andrew and Eileen Eder
Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Fiscus
Chris and Toddie Getman
William C. and Jean M. Graustein
Edward Kamens and Mary Miller
Dr. Peter and Maureen Herbert
Helen Kauder and Barry Nalebuff
Frank and Joan Kenna
Candice and Donald Kohn
Nancy Kops
Robert and Bonnie Kreitler
Miles and Liz Lasater
Jean M. LaVecchia
John M. Leventhal and Beverly J. Hodgson
James and Kirsten Levinsohn
Pericles Lewis and Sheila Hayre
Linda Lorimer and Charles Ellis
Carol and Robert Lyons, Jr.
James E. Marshall and Patricia A. Jackson-Marshall
Linda A. Masci
Dr. Jennifer and Mr. Michael McNiff
Sharon and Daniel Milikowski
Minot and Alycyn Nettleton
Michael A. Peel and family
Margie and Ed Pikaart
Steve Podos and Judy Chevalier
William and Wendy Platt
Gerald Rosenberg and Cheryl Wiesenfeld
Thomas J. Sansone and Ruth Beardsley
Anne Schenck
The Seedlings Foundation
Robert and Virginia Shiller
Jim and Cathy Smith
Jeffrey and Clarky Sonnenfeld
Pavur R. Sundaresan, M.D., Ph.D.
Patricia Sweet
Ellen L. Tillotson
Cynthia Walker and Galen Cawley
Robert Wechsler and Emily Aber
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Zaccagnino