Tocqueville Society

"Never lose sight of the close connection between the private fortune of each and the prosperity of all." - Alexis de Tocqueville

2022-2023 Tocqueville Pledge Forms available - download now

Named after the French historian Alexis de Tocqueville - who recognized and celebrated the voluntary spirit of the American people - United Way's Tocqueville Society recognizes the generosity of those individuals or couples who give $10,000 or more annually to the United Way of Washtenaw County.

The Tocqueville Society has a mission to deepen individual understanding of, commitment to and support of United Way's work. The Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions around the world who have devoted time, talent and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our community's most serious issues.

Step-up To Tocqueville

United Way has a step-up plan for the Tocqueville Society that allows new members to join at $6,000 in their first year, then $8,000 in their second year, and $10,000 in the third year.  This allows community members to join and be recognized as Tocqueville members in their first year and provides the ability to gradually increase ones giving - 2022-2023 Step-Up to Tocqueville Pledge Form.

Tocqueville Society Member Benefits

  • A dedicated staff addressing your needs and customizing your philanthropic efforts

  • If you support other agencies aside from United Way, you can bundle your giving, and make one gift (stock, donor advised fund, IRA, etc) to United Way and indicate how you want us to distribute the remainder and we will send these gifts as you direct and on your behalf.  No designation fees.

  • Regular updates on community conditions and United Way Grant investments in the community

  • Tocqueville gatherings to highlight specific community issues and the solutions funded by members (COVID put us back on this, we look forward to gathering again soon)

  • No processing fees on gifts designated to other non-profit agencies

Tocqueville Giving Requirements

Make an annual gift of $10,000 or more. 

  • Spouses gifts can be combined to meet the minimum gift requirement for each giving level.
  • A minimum of $2,500 must be directed to United Way of Washtenaw County.

Tocqueville Society Giving Levels

Individuals or couples may make their Tocqueville gift to United Way of Washtenaw County at one of the levels below:

  • Membres de la Société: $10,000 to $24,999
  • Ordre de Liberté: $25,000 to 49,999
  • Ordre d’Egalité: $50,000 to $74,999
  • Ordre de Fraternité: $75,000 to $99,999
  • La Société Nationale: $100,000 to $249,999
  • Ordre d’Indépendence: $250,000 to $499,999
  • Ordre de Connaissance: $500,000 to $749,999
  • Ordre de Prospérité: $750,000 - $999,999
  • La Table Ronde des Millions de Dollars (combined gifts over 10 years): $1,000,000+

How to Join

1. Make a Tocqueville level gift through your employer's United Way Workplace Campaign
2. Make your Tocqueville gift online HERE.
3. Download and complete the 2022-2022 Tocqueville Society Pledge Form
  • Pledge form can be emailed to or mailed to

    United Way of Washtenaw County
    Attn: Susan Smith
    2305 Platt Road 
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Interested in making a stock gift? Please reference UWWC's stock gift guide HERE

United Way of Washtenaw County is truly grateful for the commitment and support of our Tocqueville Society members and their dedication to creating a meaningful, measurable difference in our community.

For more information about the Tocqueville Society, contact Susan Smith at or 734-677-7227.