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Alexis 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 Annie Frisbee at (253) 597-7318 or


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Calvin and Joanne Bamford
Debbie W. Bingham
Diane Cecchettini and Frank Scoggins
Rick and Betsy Ellingson
Jackie Flowers
Derrek Gafford
Tim and Cynthia Gallagher
Dr. Stuart Grover and Dr. Pamela Transue
Mark Hollander
Joshua Hughes
Corry and Donna McFarland
Greg and Melanie McFarland
James and Vicki Murphy
Dona and Joe Ponepinto
Kent and Linda Roberts  

William and Della Robertson
Tony and Megan Saddler
Willard L. and Maryann Salsgiver
Scott E. Silver
Todd and Teresa Silver
Summit Trust
Michael A. Tucci
Michael and Mimi Tucci
Timothy and Barbara Tucci
Craig and Niki Ueland
William and Gail Weyerhaeuser
Lawrence and Donna White
James and Sally Will, Jr.
Kathi Willis
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.