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.
Legacy commitments, when coupled with annual contributions, help change lives today and tomorrow. They will be providing charitable solutions to societal challenges unimaginable today. 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 Round Table members are invited to attend national and worldwide gatherings of Tocqueville and Million Dollar Round Table Members.
Three elements which Alexis de Tocqueville admired in North American society were liberty, equality, and the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. These same elements are embraced in the French phrase “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:
- 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
Contact Dora D. Robinson, (413) 693-0221 to learn how you can become involved in the United Way Tocqueville Society an/or to inquire about our membership benefits.