Leadership Circle and Tocqueville Society

United Way of the Lakeshore's Leadership Circle recognizes individuals whose philanthropic contributions exemplify outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.

Levels of Giving

Alexis de Tocqueville Society:  $10,000 or above

Baron: $5,000 to $9,999

Ambassador: $2,500 to $4,999

Leader: $1,000 to $2,499

Investor: $500 to $999

Alexis de Tocqueville Society
The United Way Tocqueville Society was founded in 1984 to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to, and support for United Way’s work in advancing the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. The Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions in the United States, France and Romania who have devoted time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues.

Membership in the Tocqueville Society is granted to individuals who contribute at least $10,000.00 annually to a member United Way.  

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.
  • Strengthen local United Way leadership by building a network of like-minded leaders across the globe.

Tocqueville Society members benefit from:

  • Joining a national network of philanthropic leaders who are engaged locally to create long-lasting, positive changes
  • Partnering with a quality organization and dedicated staff; ensuring that gifts, voice, and time are efficiently invested in local communities to maximize impact
  • The unique position of United Way as one of the world’s premier philanthropic organizations which can be used to convene community business and civic leaders focused on the building blocks of a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job; income that can support a family through retirement; and good health.
  • Local Tocqueville Society leaders along with National Society and Million Dollar Roundtable members are invited to attend national and worldwide getherings of Tocqueville and Million Dollar Roundtable Members.

Contact us to learn how you can become involved in the United Way Tocqueville Society and/or to inquire about local membership benefits.


Everyday Heroes
Individuals making a gift of at least $1 a day — $365 a year - are recognized in our Everyday Heroes Program. During the workplace campaign, Everyday Heroes are encouraged to proudly wear and display the Everyday Hero button in recognition of their gift and to encourage others to step up their pledge. Be a hero everyday!