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Tocqueville Society

“I have seen Americans making great and sincere sacrifices for the key common good and a hundred times I have noticed that, when needs be, they almost always gave each other faithful support.”

– Alexis de Tocqueville

The Tocqueville Society, initiated in 1984, is a national United Way recognition society designed to deepen the understanding, commitment and support of United Way’s most generous and community-minded investors. The society was founded in honor of the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville who visited America in 1831. Tocqueville’s most important observation was that Americans helped each other in times of need.


As a Tocqueville Society member, you help set the standard for charitable giving in Southern Arizona. Your passion and commitment will inspire others and make long-term improvements in the critical areas of Education, Income and Health. You become part of a distinguished group that understands how generosity today impacts the generations of tomorrow.

The United Way Tocqueville Society aims to:

  • Change lives through philanthropic leadership focused on the building blocks for a better life: a quality education that leads to a stable job; income that can support a family through retirement and good health.
  • Communicate the vital role of personal philanthropic action in creating long-lasting changes.
  • Expand high-level personal giving and United Way Major and Planned Giving programs.

If you are interested in joining the Tocqueville Society, please email our Associate Vice President of Major Gifts, Angy Shearer at.

Meet our 2024 Tocqueville Chair:

Edmund Marquez 

Tucson is a generous and giving community. United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona’s Tocqueville Society is a major source of revenue and has over 60 members.

Leading this group is an honor and this year’s Tocqueville Chair, Edmund Marquez, is up to the challenge. He is the owner of the Edmund Marquez Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson and is known for leading one of the largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency groups in the United States. Born and raised in Tucson, Edmund attended Sabino High School and Pima Community College before earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Arizona. He also holds a business certificate from Stanford University.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions, Edmund has received several accolades, including being named the Businessman of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber. He was also honored with the Breath of Life Award by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Father of the Year award by the Father’s Day Council. Furthermore, he received the Centennial Service Award from the United Way. Edmund’s achievements have led to his induction into the Sabino High School Hall of Fame, the Pi Kappa Alpha Hall of Honor, and the Southern Arizona YMCA Hall of Fame.

Outside of his professional pursuits, Edmund is an avid cyclist, proudly representing the Jim Click Racing Team. He brings his high energy and enthusiasm as an emcee to numerous community events throughout the Tucson community. Edmund is also a valued member of the Tucson Airport Authority and the National Leadership Council of the University of Arizona Foundation.