The Tocqueville Society was created by United Way Worldwide in 1972 in order to deepen the understanding, commitment, and support of United Way’s most generous and community-minded investors. The society was named in honor of Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th century French diplomat who admired and wrote about the unique spirit of volunteerism he observed in America. United Way of Northeast Florida established the Tocqueville Society in 1987 to recognize individuals and couples giving $10,000 or more annually for their outstanding voluntary service and philanthropic leadership.
Benefits of being a Tocqueville member:
- Join other community philanthropists to support United Way’s mission and create lasting, positive change
- Attend member-only events and celebrations
- Leverage your time, talent and resources to address the most complex health and human services issues throughout Northeast Florida
- Inclusion in our local Leaders in Giving recognition book
Tocqueville Matching Programs
The J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver Challenge Grant
The Weaver Challenge allows an individual to join the Tocqueville Society with a contribution of $6,500 and inspires current members to strive for higher levels of giving. Matching opportunities are also available for young professionals joining to the Tocqueville Society with a gift of $5,000.
- An individual who pledges $6,500 in the first year will be matched by an additional $3,500 in that person’s name, making the donor a member of the Tocqueville Society.
- The second year, the donor agrees to contribute $7,500 and the Grant gives $2,500.
- The third year, the donor agrees to contribute $8,500 and the Grant gives $1,500.
- In the fourth year, the donor agrees to personally contribute $10,000.
Ordre de Consul Step-up Program
A new step-up program allows a member to be recognized as a $15,000 donor within the Société with an initial contribution of $12,500. The donor makes a two-year commitment to United Way and is recognized at the $15,000 level of giving immediately. For example:
- The first year, the donor agrees to contribute $12,500 and is recognized at the new $15,000 level of giving.
- The second year, the donor pledges to personally contribute $15,000.
The Society Challenge
The Society Challenge allows a Tocqueville member to join the Ordre de Liberté ($25,000 – $49,999) within the Society with a contribution of $15,000. The donor makes a five-year commitment to United Way and becomes a member of the Ordre de Liberté immediately.
For example, if an individual pledges $15,000 in the first year, the Challenge Grant will pledge an additional $10,000 in that person’s name, making the donor a member of the Ordre de Liberté.
- The second year, the donor agrees to contribute $17,500 and the Grant gives $7,500.
- The third year, the donor agrees to contribute $20,000 and the grant gives $5,000.
- The fourth year, the donor agrees to contribute $22,500 and the Grant gives $2,500.
- The fifth year, the donor pledges to personally contribute $25,000.