When you become a Tocqueville Society member, you join more than 640 households dedicated to creating positive change and fueling high-impact work in the Greater Twin Cities for years to come.
The Greater Twin Cities United Way Tocqueville Society exists to maximize and multiply the collective impact of innovative philanthropic leaders to help solve our community’s most significant challenges.
Comprised of civic-minded leaders dedicated to supporting our community’s future, Tocqueville Society members put their philanthropy and leadership to work to help achieve United Way’s vision of a Greater Twin Cities where all thrive, regardless of income, race or place of residence.
The Greater Twin Cities United Way Tocqueville Society is nationally recognized and serves as a leader in philanthropic community solutions and giving. Tocqueville Society investments represented 33 percent of the total resources raised by Greater Twin Cities United Way in 2018.
Be a part of this remarkable group that understands how generosity today impacts the generations of tomorrow. Exclusive events will connect you with like-minded peers, bring you closer to the impact of your gift, and provide opportunities for you to be engaged in developing solutions.
Tocqueville Society recognizes and engages generous individuals who give $10,000 or more annually. If you’re interested in becoming a member, please call (612) 340-7444 or send us an email.
Benefits of Membership
- Get closer to the impact of your gift through unique donor engagement experiences
- Connect with like-minded leaders and help solve community challenges
- Join distinguished community leaders at special events, such as the annual Tocqueville Society awards dinner honoring outstanding civic leadership and lifetime achievement
- Receive the biannual Tocqueville Society newsletter, “Connections”
- Discuss your philanthropic goals with a dedicated United Way advisor
- Consult with our in-house attorney about your gift planning and tax considerations
- Receive recognition with your peers in the annual Tocqueville Society member directory
- Be the first to hear about United Way announcements and updates
- Participate in volunteer events including Feeding Who’s Hungry, Action Day and Home For Good
Tocqueville Society Background
The Tocqueville philosophy dates to the 1830s when Alexis de Tocqueville – an influential political scientist and historian known for his analysis of improving equitable living standards – visited North America and was inspired by America’s embrace of liberty and the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors. His observations on giving back, that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all, still hold true today.
In this spirit, United Way of America created the Tocqueville Society in 1984 to recognize and engage generous individuals who give $10,000 or more annually. Nationally, 430 Tocqueville Society chapters represent more than 25,000 donors committed to making an impact in their communities.
In 2005, Greater Twin Cities United Way established our own Tocqueville Society chapter with the leadership of local donors and volunteers. With more than 640 donor households, our chapter is nationally recognized and serves as a leader in philanthropic community solutions and giving.
Tocqueville Society Members
"It’s estimated that 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ kids. This feels like an area where we can leverage our money to make a difference. Especially in a place that we love so much: the Twin Cities. "
""I think United Way is uniquely positioned to bring the public sector, corporations and contributions from donors together to solve problems. Most of the things we’re trying to tackle are bigger than what anyone can do individually or any organization can do alone." "