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Donor Groups

Young Leaders Society (YLS)

United Way's Young Leaders Society comprises those who are under the age of 45 giving at the $500 level and above, or are under the age of 30 and giving at the $250 level or above. YLS offers this dynamic group of more than 200 professionals a combination of educational, social, recognition and volunteer activities focused on our community. Learn more



Leadership Giving Society


United Way's Leadership Giving Society recognizes generous investors who have demonstrated their commitment to improving lives in our community by annually giving $1,000 or more. Leadership gifts are an oustanding way to make an investment in your community. Learn more


"Investing in United Way is an effective way to help build a stronger community. Continued progress on strategies like Community Schools, Erie Together, and the Imagination Library will increase self-sufficiency and improve quality of life in our region." -Tom Tupitza, Leadership Giver since 1986




Tocqueville Society

United Way's Tocqueville Society recognizes individuals contributing at the highest levels of personal giving of $10,000 or more annually.  These caring philanthropists exemplify the giving spirit of America, as witnessed by the Society's namesake, Alexis de Tocqueville, during his travels to America in 1831. Tocqueville Society members are committed to United Way's community impact strategy which focuses their money on result-oriented programs that make a real difference in the lives of people in Erie County. Learn More

Loyal Contributors

United Way's Loyal Contributors are individuals who have given to any United Way for 10 years or more, regardless of their giving level. These 10 years do not need to have been consecutive.  Our Loyal Contributor program is designed to help us show our appreciation for supporters who have given to any United Way for 10 years or more.  As a United Way Loyal Contributor, please accept our heartfelt thank-you for all you have done for so many people and for your community! Your consistent support has truly changed lives. Learn More


Legacy Society

When you make a planned gift to United Way, you become a member of our Legacy Society—a group of civic-minded individuals committed to perpetuating the health of our community. Honorary and Memorial Gifts made to United Way of Erie County.