Tocqueville Leadership Society members are a group of extraordinary community leaders and philanthropists.
Members of the Tocqueville Leadership Society invest at least ten thousand dollars annually to the United Way of Forsyth County, demonstrating their commitment to making Forsyth County a better place to live, work and raise a family.
Tocqueville Leadership Society members are results-oriented individuals who generously share their financial resources, time and expertise to make a measurable difference for individuals and families throughout our community.
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.
Origins of the Tocqueville Society
Only 26 years old when he came to the United States and Canada in 1831, Alexis Charles-Henri de Tocqueville traveled extensively, recording his observations of life in the young nations.
Though he only spent nine months in North America, he gleaned many profound insights about American society. His observations, readings and discussions with eminent Americans formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840.
Tocqueville recognized, applauded and immortalized North American voluntary action on behalf of the common good. He wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another,” eloquently capturing the essence of personal philanthropy that persists almost three centuries later.
The observations on philanthropy made by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 are true today; North Americans understand that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all. The name Tocqueville Society was chosen because of Alexis de Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and effort toward its advancement.
Alexis de Tocqueville: ” America has a long and rich tradition of generosity that began with simple acts of neighbor helping neighbor.”
Tocqueville and Legacy Society Recognition Dinner- April, 2018
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