Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Society members are part of a national program recognized as America's leading philanthropists investing $10,000 or more annually in United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Our members understand how generosity today impacts the generations of tomorrow. 



  • Recognition in the world’s largest individual giving society
  • Exclusive Tocqueville Society events featuring intriguing speakers, networking events, program tours, and volunteer engagement opportunities. 
  • Philanthropic advising services to help you reach your charitable goals
  • Connect with like-minded philanthropic members throughout the country
  • Engagement with critical business and government leaders
  • Satisfaction of collectively impacting lives in Buffalo & Erie County 

how to join

Download our printable Tocqueville Membership Confirmation.

If you prefer to give through a Donor Advised Fund, IRA or to easily give the gift of stock, please visit our Ways To Give page.



contact us

Kristy Davis







For more information, please contact Kristy Davis at 716-863-9958 or Kristy.Davis[at] Our major gift officers can assist you and your family in fulfilling your philanthropic goals. Our team is here to work with you in identifying a giving avenue that best meets your needs. Through your gift to United Way, you are creating a significant and lasting change in your community. We look forward to working with you and appreciate your support.


Jack Walsh Philanthropist of the YearPhilanthropist of the Year

United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Philanthropist of the Year is chosen through a community-driven selection process to recognize the extraordinary generosity of a person or couple who has made a lasting impact in Buffalo & Erie County. This award recognizes the achievements and contributions of those who have given their time, talent, and treasure. 

We are proud to announce Jack N. Walsh III as Philanthropist of the Year. He has shown their dedication to future generations of this community through extensive volunteering and generous support. Read more about Jack ...


2022 Tocqueville Society members

* Indicates current Tocqueville Society Chair(s)

 Barbara and Brian Baird - Kavinoky Cook LLP

 Charles E. Balbach, Melissa Balbach and John Bace, Jennifer and Teo Balbach

 Melissa Balbach and John Bace, Jennifer and Teo Balbach

 Bennett Family
 Daryl Bible

 Jim and Rosemary Biddle

 Joan and David Bruce

 Cedric and Trina Burruss

 EJ and Karen Butler

 Daniel Cole

 Paul and Victoria Comeau

 Shawn and Amy Connoly

 Paulette M. Crooke and Michael Toner

 James H. Cummings Foundation

 Frank and Robin Curci

 Mary Anne and Ray Dannenhoffer - University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

 Sara Dayton

 Bradley Derrick

 Robert and Elizabeth Evans

 Robert J. and Martha B. Fierle Foundation

 Drs. Eli Farhi and Emily S. Friedan
 Nancy and Richard Ferranti

 William and Patricia Frederick

 Bodil and George Gellman
 Tracy Gertz
 Dr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Gibbons

 Josephine Goodyear Foundation

 Peter Grogan and Christye Peterson - Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management

 David T. Hore

 Mr. and Mrs. James Houser  - Delaware North

 Peter and Mary Jo Hunt

 John J. and Maureen O. Hurley - Canisius Collge

 Alice and Jeremy Jacobs Jr. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy M. Jacobs Sr. 

 Louis and Joan Jacobs

 William and Anne Joyce

 Dr. Kenneth R. and Linda A. Kahn 

 Ruth Kahn Stovroff

 Drs. David and Emily Ets-Hokin Kaye

 Lawley Family

 Stanford and Judith Lipsey Foundation

 Donald I. MacDavid

 Charles and Karen Makey - Merchants Insurance Group Mary Kennedy Martin

 The Marks Family Foundation
 Mary Kennedy Martin

 Frank J. McGuire Family Foundation

 Jock and Betsy Mitchell

 Trudy and Van Mollenberg

 Carol and Carl Montante

 Mr. Stephen J. Muscato and Ms. Theresa J. Muscato

 Chris and Holly Nelson *

 Sanford and Margery Nobel

 The Nobel Family Charitable Foundation

 Susan and Robert O'Sullivan

 Papa Family Gift

 Richard and Karen Penfold

 William Regen

  Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sadler Jr. 

 Ann Sessions

 Timothy J. Shedler

 Harris N. Snyder Fund

 Dr. Thomasina R. Stenhouse

 Robert and Chesterine Stevenson

 Robert P. Thill and Elizabeth A. Moll Charitable Gift Fund

 Sebastian, Awner, Houlding and Spagnolo Group at Merril Lynch

  Mrs. Maxine and Dr. Steven Awner

  Mr. Austin Houlding and Ms. Michelle Daubert

  Mr. Chris Sebastian

  Mr. and Mrs. Graziano Spagnolo

 Phyllis Vogt

 Ted and Ginna Walsh - Walsh Duffield

 Jack N. Walsh III

 Eileen and Rupert Warren Charitable Fund

 Margaret L. Wendt Foundation

 Mary and Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

 Dr. Gil I. Wolfe

 Margaret and Bob Zak

 Howard and Leslie Zemsky

 5 members wish to remain anonymous