Noted historian and French Aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville toured the young United States in 1831, observing and recording the American spirit of voluntary action for the common good, which formed the basis for his book, "Democracy in America." Today, this essence of volunteerism remains alive through the United Way and the society that bears his name.
Three elements of democracy, which de Tocqueville so admired in American society, were liberty, equality, and the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. Those same elements are embraced in the French phrase "liberté, égalité, fraternité." De Tocqueville hoped that by achieving those elements of democracy, all people would choose to pursue freedom, knowledge and prosperity - indépendance, connaissance and prospérité.
Alexis de Tocqueville Society was created to acknowledge and honor those individuals whose leadership and commitment to helping others has been uncommon in its generosity. On behalf of the thousands of lives who are touched each year by our Community Partner Agencies, the United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties is proud to thank and salute those visionary leaders for their outstanding annual support.
United Way's Alexis de Tocqueville Society members are visionary leaders who inspire generosity that improves lives right here in our community.
Member benefits include:
• Access to a personal donor relations team that provides individual attention and support for their giving decisions
• Exclusive invitations to two annual philanthropic events
• Print recognition of their generosity
For more information about becoming a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society, contact us.