Alexis de Tocqueville admired three elements in North American society: liberty, equality and the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. These same elements are embraced in the French national motto: “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.” Tocqueville believed that by achieving these elements of democracy, all people would choose to pursue freedom, knowledge and prosperity, or indépendance, connaissance, and prospérité.
Special orders of recognition have been created based on these concepts, and distinguished by each member’s chosen level of giving:
Membres de la Société— $10,000 - $24,999
Ordre de Liberté — $25,000 - $49,999
Ordre d’Egalité— $50,000 - $74,999
Ordre de Fraternité— $75,000 - $99,999
La Société Nationale— $100,000 - $249,999
Ordre d’Indépendance— $250,000 - $499,999
Ordre de Connaissance— $500,000 - $749,999
Ordre de Prospérité— $750,000 - $999,999
La Table Ronde de Millions de Dollars— $1 million plus
United Way Tocqueville Society Legacy Circle
The United Way Tocqueville Legacy Circle was created to honor current Tocqueville Society members who have also made legacy commitments of $200,000 or more. The legacy commitment may be: (1) a realized deferred gift of $200,000 or more received from a bequest or similar vehicle; (2) an outright gift or documented written pledge of $200,000 or more to the endowment fund of your local United Way; or (3) a written notification of a revocable or irrevocable planned gift arrangement such as a provision in a will, a life insurance policy, or a split interest gift with a face amount or death benefit of $200,000 or more. Many local Tocqueville societies use an “L” to signify United Way Tocqueville Society Legacy Circle membership in their local listing.
Legacy commitments, when coupled with annual contributions, help change lives today and create long-term solutions that will benefit entire communities for years to come. We honor United Way Tocqueville Society Legacy Circle members for their uncommon generosity and leadership in advancing the common good.
Specific local Tocqueville Society benefits differ by location; however, all 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 gatherings of Tocqueville and Million Dollar Roundtable Members.
Contact your local United Way to learn how you can become involved in the United Way Tocqueville Society and/or to inquire about local membership benefits.