Tocqueville Society

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Transform your commitment to community into a powerful mechanism for change. The Tocqueville Society is a national United Way association created to celebrate individuals who demonstrate exceptional philanthropic leadership. The Society is named after Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th century French historian and aristocrat who applauded the American spirit of giving for the common good. 
Our D.A. Duryee Chapter of the Tocqueville Society was founded more than 20 years ago to deepen the understanding, commitment and support of United Way’s most generous and community-minded investors. Tocqueville Society members set the standard for philanthropy during the annual campaign and beyond.  Membership is granted to individuals or families who contribute at least $10,000 annually to United Way. We request a minimum of $3,000 be directed to our Local Community Fund (LCF).


Member, Tocqueville Society – D. A. Duryee Chapter
Member, Mary Gates Circle of Giving
Member, Bob Smith Circle of Giving
Member, National Society
Million Dollar Roundtable

Benefits of Tocqueville Society Membership
Access to the Philanthropy Fund—a donor advised fund that simplifies and tracks all your charitable giving through one convenient account.
Recognition in the United Way of Snohomish County annual LIVE UNITED Leaders publication (unless otherwise requested).
Invitation to member-only events:
  • Impact briefings and tours—learn first-hand the successes your gifts to the Local Community Fund support.
  • Social opportunities to network with other exceptional philanthropists and Leaders.
  • Annual recognition event—our annual celebration to say thank you to our best donors!
  • Invitation to attend national Tocqueville  events, sponsored by United Way Worldwide.
An inside look: Receive the Tocqueville Newsletter with timely stories of how your gift is making a difference. Plus, our professional staff provides service personalized to your philanthropic  wishes.


Tocqueville wear: You have the option to receive our one-of-a kind Tocqueville Society logo sweater or vest.


Step Up to the Tocqueville Society
If you’re committed to following your passion for philanthropy, the Tocqueville Society Step-Up Program is for you. By participating in this three-year tiered pledge program, you’ll be recognized as a member of the Tocqueville Society upon enrollment, which includes invitations to all social events and programs.
Step-Up Commitment:
Year One Pledge - $6,000; minimum of $1,000 invested in the Local Community Fund
Year Two Pledge - $8,000; minimum of $2,000 invested in the Local Community Fund
Year Three Pledge - $10,000; minimum of $3,000 invested in the Local Community Fund
Become a leader in community giving at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Contact Kay Fantin, Director of Engagement at 425.374.5528 to learn more.
Philanthropy Fund
The Philanthropy Fund is an additional benefit available to donors who contribute $10,000 or more annually to United Way. The Fund centralizes all charitable giving through one convenient account.  Donors make one gift annually to their Philanthropy Fund Account and make gift distribution recommendations throughout the year. Tocqueville Society members using the Philanthropy Fund donate a minimum of $10,000 paid in full to open the account. Donors then have up to 13 months to make gift recommendations to any qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit when they wish to do so. We require that a minimum of $3,000 be directed to our Local Community Fund to support our community-wide work.
Friends of Tocqueville
Our Friends of Tocqueville group was created in 2012 to recognize donors who are dedicated to supporting United Way of Snohomish County's mission. These CHAMPIONS give less than $10,000 annually but direct $5,000 or more to the Local Community Fund. We celebrate and honor this generosity. Friends of Tocqueville receive the following benefits:
  • Inclusion as Friends of Tocqueville when Tocqueville Society members lists are published or printed.
  • Invitations to select Tocqueville Society events.
More Information
For more information about the Tocqueville Society, Philanthropy Fund, our step-up option or Friends of Tocqueville, please contact Kay Fantin, Director of Engagement at 425.374.5528.
“As soon as individuals with a cause have found one another out, they combine. From that moment, they are no longer isolated people, but a power seen from afar, whose actions serve for an example and whose language is listened to." 
– Alexis de Tocqueville