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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 Senior Director of Leadership Giving, Angy Shearer.