Never lose sight of the close connection between
the private fortune of each and the prosperity of all.
- Alexis de Tocqueville


Fleur_fact_2013The Tocqueville Society strives to deepen the understanding, commitment and support of those individuals who are United Way’s most generous and community –minded investors. The Tocqueville Society is named after Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859), whose observations and admiration of the American spirit of voluntary association and commitment to service for the common good continue to resonate centuries later. Membership in the Tocqueville Society is open to donors who make an annual contribution of $10,000 or more. The Tocqueville society includes many of America’s leading philanthropists, and is one of the world’s most prestigious institutions for individuals who are passionate about changing lives and strengthening their community.

Tocqueville Society Objectives:


  • Advance the common good through philanthropic leadership and capacity giving
  • Expand high-level personal giving and major giving programs with the highest of standards
  • Steward the vital role of personal philanthropy to create lasting change
  • Impact the critical and interdependent building blocks of life: health, education and financial stability
  • Enhance recognition of our community’s most generous and committed members

National Benefits:

  • Special recognition for members who have made an extraordinary commitment to their local United Way by joining La Societe Nationale and La Table Ronde de Millions de Dollars
  • An invitation to attend the annual Tocqueville Leaders Weekend

Local Society Benefits:

  • Working with top business, civic and philanthropic leaders to impact our community and our future
  • Invitations to exclusive events that recognize Tocqueville members and highlight their impact in the community
  • Unparalleled networking and the opportunity to build lasting relationships with other Tocqueville members, who are true community leaders


Member List (as of July 1, 2013)

La Table Ronde de Millions de Dollars

The Chaltiel Family

Abbie G. Friedman, ESQ.

The Lionel Trust

1 Anonymous

La Société Nationale

Dave M. and Yenny Carver

2 Anonymous

Ordre de Fraternite

Jeff and Mary Ehret

Ordre d´Egalite

Jay Barrett and Laura Hoenemeyer

Ordre de Liberté

William Freyd and Diane Carlson

The Jameson Family

Jim and Judy Kropid

Audrey and Larry Plotkin

Howard and Kate Puterman

Cyrus and Joanne Spurlino

Sandra Streator


Membres de la Société

Michelle and Ken Alber

Jody and Ryan Belsick

Susan and Warren Best

Linda and Tony Bonnici and Family

Bill and Judy Boyd

Beth A. Campbell

John  and Robyn Caspersen

Kirk and Rhonda Clausen

Fred and Mari-Anne Cover

Rachelle and Steve Crupi

Rick and Krista Darnold

Shelley M. and Bob Dubin

Don Gibe and Nancy Erlanson

Jim and Carol Fuchs

Grace and Steve Greathouse

Fred and Kris Hipwell & Family

JB Hossler

Sam and Marianne Johnson

Cathy Jones

Paul and Kathy Kaleta

Andy Katz and Bea Katz

Edward and Karen Koijane

Greg and Nicole Korte Family

Tom Kovach and Mathew McCarthy

Dawn LaBonte

Dee and Ken Ladd

Christopher and Lawrel Larsen

Kent and Marsha Larson

Ruth Lauber

Liz and Chuck Lenzie

Janet and Steve Linder

Sharon Lipscomb

Skip and Sally Lyles

Erin Mattera and David Hoenemeyer

Greg and Susana McCurdy

Robert and Josephine McPeak

Deb Mele-Blanchard

Amy Meyer and Curtis Terry

Sunshine and  Joseph P. Jr. Micatrotto

Connie and Joseph Sr.  Micatrotto

Justin and Renata Micatrotto

Cliff and Darlene Miller

Emily and Brad Neilson

John and Colleen Page

Cass and Helen Palmer and Family

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Rogas

Tony and Elaine Sanchez

Michael Santos

Tammy Shaw

Gerry A. Shear

Ed Skonicki

Adela and George Smith

Robert E. Stewart

Lizette B. Sundvick

Kirk Thorrell

Terry L. Wright

Michael and Renee Yackira

1 Anonymous


Levels of Gift

La Table Ronde de Millions de Dollars $1,000,000 – plus
Ordre de Prospérité $750,000 – $999,000
Ordre de Connaissance $500,000 – $749,999
Ordre d’Indépendance $250,000 – $499,999
La Société Nationale $100,000 – $249,999
Ordre de Fraternité $75,000 – $99,999
Ordre d’Egalité $50,000 – $74,999
Ordre de Liberté $25,000 – $49,999
Membres de la Société $10,000 - $24,999

For more information regarding United Way of Southern Nevada’s Tocqueville Society, please contact Liz Vohwinkel, Senior Director of Tocqueville Society/Major Gifts at (702) 892-2344 or

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Tocqueville Dinner
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