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Tocqueville Society

"America has a long rich history of generosity that began with simple acts of neighbor helping neighbor."

Alexis de Tocqueville, French political thinker and historian (1805-1859)


United Way of Erie County's Tocqueville Society is a powerful, elite group of local business, civic and philanthropic leaders who share a passion for investing in the community and making a difference with an annual gift to United Way of $10,000 or more.  When you join the Tocqueville Society, you demonstrate your leadership and deep level of commitment to the transformation of the Erie region. Together, we can reduce poverty and help 10,000 more local families become self-sufficient by 2025.

Tocqueville Society members are:

  • All ages

  • Across the Erie region

  • Inside and outside of workplace giving campaigns

  • Committed to transformative philanthropy


Annual Giving Levels

LA SOCIÈTÈ DE NATIONALE: $100,000 – $999,999

ORDRE DE FRATERNITÈ: $75,000 – $99,999

ORDRE DE D'EGALITÈ: $50,000 – $74,999

ORDRE DE LIBERTÈ: $25,000 – $49,999

MEMBRES DE LA SOCIÈTÈ: $10,000 – $24,999


Donating gifts of stock may enable you to increase your gift while receiving additional tax benefits. Check with your tax advisor to determine if a stock donation is right for you.

Your gift at the Tocqueville Society level ensures that:

  • Children enter kindergarten with a strong foundation for successful learning

  • Middle school students are prepared to succeed in high school

  • Teens graduate from high school with a plan for the future

  • Young adults are career ready and secure and maintain employment

  • Children and families are moved from crisis to stability through safety net services

  • Learn more about United Way funding

Enjoy member benefits:

As a Tocqueville Society member you will receive:

  •  Exclusive invitations to events where you can learn, network and socialize

  • Special recognition in Tocqueville Society listings based on giving levels

Consider a Planned Gift:

Your gift can have a long term impact on the Erie community. Planning your gift ensures resources are available to support lasting community change through LIVE UNITED 2025 and enables United Way to care for people when resources are needed most.

Visit for complete information or contact Gina Schaefer, Resource Development Manager at 814-456-2937 x221.