Tocqueville Society


Named for the 19th Century French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville, the Society represents the beliefs that individuals prove to be the real impetus for community impact through their compassion, commitment, and generosity. The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's Tocqueville Society comprises individuals whose generosity reflects extrordinary concern, foresight, and dedication to influencing positive change and inspiring a better life for everyone throughout Western New York


Levels of Giving

  • Tocqueville Society: $10,000+
  • National Roundtable: $100,000+
  • Million Dollar Roundtable: $1,000,000+

Benefits of Membership

  • Recognition with your peers in the annual report
  • Exclusive invitation to Annual Tocqueville Celebration hosted by a member
  • Access to private tours of United Way funded programs
  • Regular updates on how your gift is being used to strengthen the community
  • Invitations to exclusive receptions and events

Philanthropist of the Year

The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Philanthropist of the Year award recognizes those who are the embodiment of what it means to Live United. All our honorees share a deep philanthropic spirit and a history of volunteer efforts.

Robert and Chesterine Stevenson’s commitment to this community exemplified by whole-hearted community service, strong organizational leadership, and selfless philanthropy is why we are proud to name them as the 2018 Philanthropists of the Year.