About Us

United Way of Greater Toledo Tocqueville Society members are committed leaders, determined to change our community’s story. When you become a Tocqueville Society donor, you join an exclusive group of influential and philanthropic minds who prioritize investing in long-term positive community change.

Our name was chosen to celebrate Alexis Charles-Henri de Tocqueville’s admiration for our nation’s spirit of volunteerism. In the late 1830s, after traveling North America, Alexis de Tocqueville published studies on American society and politics, noting that Americans implicitly “understand that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all.” Our Tocqueville members do just that. Your extraordinary gifts advance the common good and drive lasting change in Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties.


Pictured at right: Bob and Kim LaClair, United Way of Greater Toledo Tocqueville Society Chairs

Extraordinary Gifts Driving Extraordinary Change

There are multiple levels of impact that entitle you to Tocqueville Society Membership. Our Giving Levels are:

  • $10,000 – $24,999 | Membres de la Société
  • $25,000 – $49,999 | Ordre de Liberté
  • $50,000 – $74,999 | Ordre d’ Egalité
  • $75,000 – $99,999 | Ordre de Fraternité
  • $100,000 – $249,999 | La Société Nationale
  • $250,000 or more | Ordre d’ Indépendance

We also offer opportunities to step up your gift through our Tocqueville Society Fast Track Program. Joining our Fast Track program allows you immediate membership to Tocqueville Society while incrementally increasing your gift over three or five years:

3-Year Step Up Program

  • Year 1: $5,000 gift
  • Year 2: $7,500 gift
  • Year 3: $10,000 gift

5-Year Step Up Program

  • Year 1: $5,000 gift
  • Year 2: $6,000 gift
  • Year 3: $7,500 gift
  • Year 4: $9,000 gift
  • Year 5: $10,000 gift

Tocqueville Society Membership Benefits

In 2018, United Way of Greater Toledo celebrated a milestone­—our centennial anniversary. Moving into our next 100 years, our Tocqueville Society members will become even more integral to the work we do. Benefits connected to your Tocqueville Society membership include:

  • Tocqueville Talks – giving you advanced knowledge of, and influence over, community improvement initiatives
  • Tocqueville Tours – offering you exclusive events and tours aimed to educate and connect you to the impact of your gift
  • Tocqueville Times – providing you with exclusive updates on United Way’s work in the community

In addition, you will have mentorship opportunities to help guide the next generation of philanthropists, be recognized as community change-makers, and get access to quarterly intimate conversations in the homes of Tocqueville Society members.


“Because of United Way serving as a conduit for positive change, we have seen our community come together in tremendous ways. As Tocqueville Society Chairs, we are honored to represent this group of philanthropists. Thank you for your leadership and gifts. Together, we are listening, responding, and envisioning a better life for all.”

~ Kevin Gilmore & Linda Hilstrom,  Tocqueville Society Chairs


Thank you to the following extraordinary individuals who are members of United Way of Greater Toledo’s Tocqueville Society:

Lamar & Tianna Anderson
Mike & Carol Anderson
Robert & Jane Anspach
Annette Boice
Pat & MaryLouise Bowe
Richard Brunner & Jennifer Murtagh
Elaine Canning & Daniel Kory
Ed & Shirley Carlson
Steven & Tiffany Cavanaugh
Brian & Marcia Chambers
Deborah Chapman
George & Leslie Chapman
Croak Family
Sara Jane & William DeHoff
Bill & Karen DeRodes
Steve & Michelle Detmer
Vincent & Sandra DiPofi, Jr.
Jeff & Ruthann Finch
Mr. & Mrs. James B. Findley
Mary & Jim Foote
Donald F. Fought Estate*
Alex & Tracy Gerken
Kevin Gilmore & Linda Hillstrom
Stu & Jo-Jo Goldberg
John & Julie Graham
Ann W. Hartmann
Jeannie Hylant & Tom McHugh
Pat & Ann Hylant
Richard & Clare Hylant
Dennis & Sheila Johnson
Amy & James Kamsickas
Bob & Kim LaClair
Arleen & Jon Levine
Andres & Clemencia Lopez
Jean & Ken Lovejoy
Stephen & Mary Malia
Jane & Tom Manahan
Bill & Heather McDonnell
Ann L. Meier
John & Jani Miller
Thomas & Susan Palmer
Wendy & Justin Pestrue
Nathan Rumbaugh
Paula & Matt Russell
Chad Rutkowski & Kevin Lintjer
M. Ann Sanford
Scott Savage
Kelly Schmidt & Jim Johnson
Frederick & Priscilla Schwier
Robert A. Stranahan, Jr. Charitable Trust*
Karen & Gerald Striph
The Terhune Trust*
Michael H. Thaman & Lisa Gathard
John & Kristie Thomas
The H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund*
Mike & Amy Toole
Mr. & Mrs. David K. Welles, Jr.
Georgia E. Welles
Dave & Cary Wise


In addition, four donors wish to remain anonymous.