WAYS TO GIVE

Alexis de Tocqueville Society  

 
 

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society was created by United Way Worldwide in 1984 in order to deepen the understanding, commitment, and support of United Way’s most generous, passionate, and community-minded individuals. 

The United Way of Southwest Michigan’s local Tocqueville Society was founded in 1996 by  James LeBlanc and Greg Forbes.  Tocqueville Society members are extraordinary, dedicated leaders who care deeply about improving people’s lives and creating long-lasting positive change in their community.

Membership in the Tocqueville Society is granted to individuals and families who contribute $10,000 or more annually to United Way.

Tocqueville Society member benefits include:

·      Being part of a national network of philanthropic leaders who are engaged locally to make a significant difference in their communities.

·      Partnering with a respected organization and dedicated staff; ensuring that your support is invested locally, both efficiently and effectively to create lasting change.

·      Utilizing United Way’s unique position as one of the world’s largest philanthropic organizations with the ability to convene local businesses and community leaders to address needs in our region.

·      Recognition in United Way of Southwest Michigan’s Book of Leaders.

·      Special volunteer opportunities with our non-profit partners.

·      Year-round communication to keep you connected to your community and informed about the impact of your gift.

·      Invitations to attend local  Tocqueville and United Way special events, as well as exclusive national and worldwide events for Tocqueville Society leaders along with National Society and Million Dollar Roundtable members.

Tocqueville Fast Track Step-Up

The Fast Track Step-Up offers a way to become a Tocqueville Society member immediately by making a pledge to incrementally increase your gift over a period of 3 years to reach the $10,000 entry level.

 

For more information on the Tocqueville Society and ways to become a member, including the Tocqueville Fast Track Step-Up, please contact:  Sharon Polfus, Director of Major Gifts  at 269-923-3455 or sharon.polfus@uwsm.org.


Leadership Circle

 

The United Way of Southwest Michigan Leadership Circle was created in 1994 to recognize individuals who contribute an annual gift ranging from $500 to $9,999.  In its first year, the Leadership Circle had 90 members.  Today, membership stands at more than 800 individuals. 

Members of the Leadership Circle are individuals who believe strongly in the work of United Way and care deeply about their community.  Through their investment, Leadership Circle members are changing lives and helping to ensure that children receive a quality education, that individuals and families are financially stable, and that people are able to lead healthier lives.

 

Leadership Circle member benefits include:

·      Recognition in United Way of Southwest Michigan’s Book of Leaders.

·      Special volunteer opportunities with our non-profit partners.

·      Exclusive invitations to special events for Leadership Circle members.

·      Year-round communication to keep you connected to your community and informed about the impact of your gift.

 

For more information about the Leadership Circle and becoming a member, please contact:  Sharon Polfus, Director of Major Gifts at 269-923-3455 or sharon.polfus@uwsm.org.

 
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The Society takes its name from Alexis de Tocqueville, a French philosopher who recognized, celebrated and immortalized the spirit of volunteerism and philanthropy that typifies America. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Leadership Circle Levels of Giving:

$500 - $999                 Bronze

$1,000 - $2,499           Silver

$2,500 - $4,999           Gold

$5,000 - $9,999           Platinum