When Alexis de Tocqueville traveled the United States in 1831, he observed that Americans displayed a unique willingness to support their neighbors in times of need. As a tribute to Tocqueville’s admiration for volunteerism in America, United Way Worldwide established the Tocqueville Society in 1985 as a way to honor and recognize the generous individuals and
couples who support their community with annual gifts of $10,000 or more. These individuals and couples demonstrate exemplary leadership in philanthropy, and are passionate about improving people’s lives and strengthening their communities.
In 1996, James E. LeBlanc and Greg Forbes became United Way of Southwest Michigan’s first $10,000 donors. Today, our Tocqueville Society, which is chaired by Marc Bitzer and J.C. Anderson, has grown to 23 members. These visionary leaders have made a strong commitment to United Way and to their local community, helping to improve people’s lives and create lasting impact in Berrien and Cass counties. It is with great pleasure that we salute our Tocqueville Society members for their outstanding leadership and generosity
The United Way of Southwest Michigan is proud to recognize those individuals and couples who are members of our Leadership Circle which was formed in 1994. Leadership Circle members contribute annual gifts ranging from $500 to $9,999 to support the work of United Way, in helping to improve people’s lives and advance the common good. In 2015, 882 Leadership Circle members contributed nearly $1 million to the United Way of Southwest Michigan to make
a difference in people’s lives and in our community. We wish to thank the members of our Leadership Circle for their dedication to our community and for their generosity.