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


Fleur_fact_2014United Way’s Tocqueville Society was formed to deepen the understanding, dedication and support of individuals to their local United Way and to recognize their commitment to service. When he arrived in America in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville recognized, applauded and immortalized American voluntary action on behalf of the common good. In this spirit, United Way created the Tocqueville Society in 1984.  Membership in the Tocqueville Society is for those giving $10,000 or more annually. There are over 26,000 Tocqueville members across the country who collectively gave $556 Million in the last year. Since 1990, Tocqueville donors have given $8.5B to United Way, making lasting impact in the communities in which they live. At United Way of Southern Nevada, our Tocqueville donors gave over $2M in 2013-2014 alone. In a time when the need is so great, the leaders among us rise up with renewed willingness to tackle the biggest challenges. They are United Way’s Tocqueville Society members, the cornerstone of United Way.

Tocqueville Society Objectives:

• Advance the common good through philanthropic leadership by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, financial stability that can support a family through economic ups and downs, and good health.

• Steward the vital role of personal philanthropy to create lasting change.

• Expand high-level personal giving and major giving programs with the highest of standards.

• 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 Benefits:


• Exclusive Tocqueville Society Luncheons

This intimate speaker series focuses on community, corporate, political and nonprofit issues and current affairs in southern Nevada. Tocqueville Society Luncheons are held in the fall, winter and summer.

• Tocqueville Society Spring Summit

As a Tocqueville Society member, you will receive an exclusive preview of UWSN’s community impact plan for the upcoming fiscal year, hear about the latest research and social reports, and exchange ideas at this annual impact forum.

• Annual Tocqueville Society Dinner – “Nuit de Tocqueville”

Members meet, mingle and enjoy a night of festivities celebrating the collective impact of Tocqueville Society. This exclusive, invitation only event highlights the extraordinary commitment of United Way of Southern Nevada’s most generous philanthropists.



• Program Funding Opportunities

United Way of Southern Nevada offers Tocqueville Society members special opportunities to fund critical programs in Education, Health and Financial Stability. As a program funder, you will receive quarterly updates on the impact of your investment, and you can experience the power of your philanthropy first-hand with private program site visits.

• Affinity Group Membership

Tocqueville Society Members designations to UWSN can be used for a membership in Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) or Young Philanthropists Society (YPS). Join WLC or YPS yourself, or sponsor a family member, young professional or colleague.



• Connecting With Cause

Tocqueville Society events offer unparalleled networking opportunities with like-minded community leaders, fostering professional growth and lifelong relationships.

• Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you are looking to volunteer for an hour, a day, a week, or all year long, United Way of Southern Nevada can connect you to a project worthy of your time and effort.


Member List

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

Jeff and Mary Ehret

2 Anonymous

Ordre de Fraternite

The Jameson Family

Ordre d´Egalite

Jay and Laura Barrett

William Freyd and Diane Carlson

Larry and Audrey Plotkin

Ordre de Liberté

Ken and Michelle Alber

Jerry and Kathleen Grundhofer

Jon and Myrna Hamann

Jim and Judy Kropid

Howard and Kate Puterman

Cyrus and Joanne Spurlino

Sandra Streator


Membres de la Société

Salim and Tanya Abi-Karam

Jose and Soraya Aguirre

Jody and Ryan Belsick

Warren and Susan Best

Tony and Linda Bonnici and Family

Bill and Judy Boyd

Beth A. Campbell

John and Robyn Caspersen

Elliot Chambers

Kirk and Rhonda Clausen

Victor and Wendy Colosi

Fred and Mari-Anne Cover

Rachelle and Steve Crupi

Rick and Krista Darnold

Ryder and Julie Donohue

Justin and Debbie Doucette

Bob and Shelley M. Dubin

David and Elizabeth Fersdahl

Jill Fournier

Jim and Carol Fuchs

Joseph and Monica Garin

Tammy Grabel

Steve and Grace Greathouse

Fred and Kris Hipwell & Family

David and Erin Hoenemeyer

Mark Hopkins and Marilyn Jentzen

Glen Howard

Sam and Marianne Johnson

Shane and Nicole Jarrell

Cathy Jones

Andy Katz and Bea Katz

Edward and Karen Koijane

Greg and Nicole Korte Family

Tom Kovach and Mathew McCarthy

Ken and Dee Ladd

Christopher and Lawrel Larsen

Kent and Marsha Larson

Steven and Carrie Larson

Ruth Lauber

Chuck and Liz Lenzie

Sharon Lipscomb

Skip and Sally Lyles

Greg and Susana McCurdy

Robert and Josephine McPeak

Deb Mele-Blanchard

Joseph P. Jr. and Sunshine Micatrotto

Joseph Sr. and Connie Micatrotto

Justin and Renata Micatrotto

Cliff and Darlene Miller

Brad and Emily Neilson

John and Colleen Page

Cass and Helen Palmer and Family

Ed Ricks

William Russell

Tony and Elaine Sanchez

Gerry and Jenny Shear

Ed Skonicki

George and Adela Smith

Jon Sparer and John Klai

Lizette B. Sundvick

Curtis Terry and Amy Meyer

Don Wall and Darci Poloni Wall

Jason and April Wexelman

Terry L. Wright

Michael and Renee Yackira

Philippe and Christelle Ziade

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 Jackie Martinez at (702) 892-2333 or [email protected].

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