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Tocqueville Society logoAlexis de Tocqueville was a French philosopher and philanthropist who travelled America in 1831. His journals record his thoughts on democracy and his observations about the remarkable commitment Americans make to the improvement of their communities. The name Tocqueville Society was chosen in honor of his admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and effort toward its advancement.

United Way’s Tocqueville Society is an influential group of local philanthropists, community-minded individuals and business leaders who contribute $10,000 or more annually. This international Society honors individuals for their overwhelming support of our mission here in Pierce County. Learn more about United Way’s Tocqueville Society across the country.

For more information about Tocqueville gifts at work in Pierce County, contact Missy Zenczak Candler  at (253) 682.1805 or


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Calvin and Joanne Bamford
Pam and Gary Beil
Bill and Bari Berry
Debbie W. Bingham
Helen-Bingham-Rowles and Ronald Rowles
Rick and Betsy Ellingson
Jackie Flowers
Derrek Gafford
Tim and Cynthia Gallagher
Dr. Stuart Grover and Dr, Pamela Transue
Corry and Donna McFarland
Greg and Melanie McFarland
James and Vicki Murphy
Dona and Joe Ponepinto
Lester and M.  Estelle Reid
William and Della Robertson

Tony and Megan Saddler
Willard and Maryann Salsgiver
Scott E. Silver
Todd and Teresa Silver
Michael A. Tucci
Michael and Mimi Tucci
Timothy and Barbara Tucci
Craig and Niki Ueland
William and Gail Weyerhaeuser
Lawrence and Donna White
Jamie and Sally Will, Jr.
Kathi Willis
Lisa and Randy Wilson
Jeff and Nancy Woodworth
John and Judy Woodworth
Thomas Zumek



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Leadership Donors have a deep commitment to helping people in our community. Today nearly 500 local individuals and families have chosen to make an annual investment of $1,000 or more to United Way of Pierce County.  The energy, excitement and enthusiasm of these generous individuals inspires others and infuses hope into those who need it most. In fact, our nearly 40 Tocqueville Donors, who contribute $10,000 annually, usually start out as Leadership Donors.

When Leadership Donors make an annual gift of $1,000 or more (that’s just $20/week), you help more individuals get connected to critical programs and services that include basic needs via our South Sound 2-1-1 information resource and referral operation. You also improve the chances for families to have lasting financial stability and the opportunity to contribute to the success of the community we all love.

We have a way for everyone to get involved. There are a number of inspiring events, special networking opportunities and unique volunteer engagement and advocacy activities throughout the year. As a Leadership Donor, you can be as involved as you want in the activities that fit you best.

Join other leaders in helping people in this extraordinary way. Together, we celebrate, learn and encourage others. Together, we will lift 15,000 Pierce County households out of poverty by 2028, one family at a time.



Women United volunteerWomen United is working from the heart to unite caring women to tackle our community’s toughest challenges. A global network of more than 70,000 women united to advance the common good in local communities and create a better life for all. Created and led by women, Women United members give more than any other similar women’s group, raising in excess of $1 billion in 12 years nationally.


While the dollars raised by United Way Women’s Leadership Councils are impressive, what really sets us apart is that members engage hands-on in driving change locally. Beyond an annual financial contribution, members invest their time, professional expertise, and talent to improve the lives of children and families. At the same time, members have an opportunity to connect with other powerful, committed women in the community. Members’ ages, ethnic backgrounds, geographies, professions and interest are diverse, but we share a common goal of making an early investment in our children and their families, and helping them remove the barriers preventing them from breaking the cycle of poverty.

Women United members make an annual gift of $1,000 or more.


Grounded in the idea that when children and families succeed our community succeeds, members stand up, united and take action on issues that hit closest to home by giving, advocating and volunteering.


When a network of caring, powerful women get together to drive change, anything is possible - prove us right! Contact Robyn Jones at 253-272-4267 or


The Emerging Philanthropists Project is a network of young leaders who are dedicated to changing lives through philanthropic leadership through collaboration with other like-minded leaders across Pierce County. EPP members are compassionate, dedicated, and on a mission to encourage the spirit of philanthropy through commitment to volunteerism, fundraising, and advocacy on behalf of United Way of Pierce County.


  • A chance to meet like-minded colleagues and peers to change lives in Pierce County
  • Instant access to a network of community business leaders and volunteers
  • Increased involvement in the community by participating in skills-based volunteer projects that have measurable impact on our community
  • Professional and personal growth through participating in a variety of learning and leadership development opportunities
  • Eligible for further leadership opportunities by becoming a Council member.


As an Emerging Philanthropist, your gift of $250 or more to the United Way of Pierce County will shape opportunity for our community who needs your help more now than ever. Help us break the cycle of poverty!


We believe everyone deserves to have a good life, and with your support, you have the opportunity to make change for the greater good of our community.

For more information call 253-682-1817 or email