Tocqueville Society

Since 1987, the United Way Tocqueville Society has recognized leaders who believe, deeply, in our community and in living united.

Through their generosity they are committing to positive change now and in the future by enabling United Way NCA to build capacity in our member nonprofits and with our direct services programming in health, education, and personal finances. The Tocqueville Society is comprised of leading philanthropists who understand the value of a major investment in our community, especially when directed and leveraged. Tocqueville Society philanthropists achieve the goal through leading an annual, signature volunteer event that engages our community, by giving personally, and by sharing the opportunity to invest among peers and colleagues.


  • Special, VIP invitations to United Way NCA events and receptions.
    Invitations to Tocqueville Society events.
  • Opportunity to network with other community oriented philanthropists and United Way NCA Board and Executive leadership.
  • Opportunity to lead the effort to build an annual day of service event for our community.
  • Personal updates regarding the impact your philanthropy is having through United Way NCA.
  • Gaining firsthand experience with issues facing our community through discussions and visits to United Way NCA program sites.
  • Special recognition highlighting your role as a community leader at United Way NCA events, website, Annual Report, and other publications.
  • Tocqueville Society lapel pin

To learn how you can get involved, contact or call 202-488-2030. Learn more.

Tocqueville Society FAQs

  • How do I join the Tocqueville Society?

    Your participation in the Tocqueville Society starts with your investment of $10,000 or more to United Way of the National Capital Area. After that, we’ll take care of the rest and you’ll be eligible to participate in all Tocqueville Society events and engagement opportunities.

  • How do I make my donation?

    You can make your gift to United Way of the National Capital Area in several ways, including:

    1. 1. Through your workplace campaign – Numerous workplaces in the National Capital Area participate in annual United Way workplace campaigns. Ask your payroll department for more information and how to make a donation. This option allows you to donate from each paycheck and spread out your investment.

    2. Online – Visit to make your gift online and indicate that you’re interested in becoming a Young Philanthropist.

    3. Send us your donation – Checks and pledge forms can be mailed to United Way NCA, Attn. Gabrielle Sherb, Department 0751, Washington, DC 20073-0751. For more information, please email

  • What types of events do you offer?

    The Tocqueville Society holds events that vary among service and volunteer opportunities, social and networking events, and learning opportunities. Events occur anywhere from one to two times per quarter.

Other Affinity Groups

  • Young Philanthropists

    Young Philanthropists

    United Way’s Young Philanthropists is a group of passionate, community-focused, up-and-coming professionals in their twenties or thirties who want to connect with like-minded peers, serve their community, and develop as leaders for change.

  • Women United

    Women United

    United Way’s Women United program recognizes women who are leading the way in making an impact on our community.