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.


David and Shari Hore. 2021 Philanthropists of the YearPhilanthropistS 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 David and Shari Hore as our 2021 Philanthropists of the year. They have shown their dedication to future generations of this community through extensive volunteering and generous support. 


2021 Tocqueville Society members


 Barbara and Brian Baird - Kavinoky Cook LLP

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

 Bennett Family

 Jim and Rosemary Biddle

 Ann and Bob Brady

 Joan and David Bruce

 EJ and Karen Butler

 Donald P. and Florence A. Quinlan - Charitable Trust

 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

 Bradley Derrick

 Robert and Elizabeth Evans

 Robert J. and Martha B. Fierle Foundation

 William and Patricia Frederick

 Dr. Joseph A. Gardella Jr. and Ms. Carol A. Kizis

 Brodil and George Gellman

 Dr. and Mrs. Kevin J. Gibbons

 Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Gioia

 Donna M. Gonser

 Josephine Goodyear Foundation

 Peter Grogan and Christye Peterson - Goldman Sachs Personal Financial Management

 Pete Grum

 Dave and Shari 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

 Edwin M. Johnston Jr. 

 William and Anne Joyce

 Dr. Kenneth R. and Linda A. Kahn 

 Ruth Kahn Stovroff

 Drs. David and Emily Ets-Hokin Kaye

 Adair and Kevin Kearney - Hodgson Russ LLP

 Lawley Family

 Brian and Deborah Lipke

 Stanford and Judith Lipsey Foundation

 Donald I. MacDavid

 Charles Makey - Merchants Insurance Group Mary Kennedy Martin

 Frank J. McGuire Family Foundation

 Jock and Betsy Mitchell

 Trudy and Van Mollenberg

 Carol and Carl Montante

 Carolyn and Bob Montgomery

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

 Sanford and Margery Nobel

 The Nobel Family Charitable Foundation

 Susan and Robert O'Sullivan

 Papa Family Gift

 Richard and Karen Penfold

 Mr. and Mrs. Gary Quenneville

 Betty M. Ramming

 Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Sadler Jr. 

     Mrs. Maxine and Dr. Steven Awner

     Mr. Austin Houlding and Ms. Michelle Daubert

     Mr. James and Mrs. Patricia O'Brien

     Mr. Chris and Mrs. Kimberly Sebastian

     Mr. and Mrs. Graziano Spagnolo

 Ann Sessions

 Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Shedler

 Mrs. Kenneth L. Slawson

 Harris N. Snyder Fund

 Robert and Chesterine Stevenson

 Joseph S. and Mary Ann Testa Philanthropic Fund

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

 Phyllis Vogt

 Ted and Ginna Walsh - Walsh Duffield

 Jack Walsh

 Eileen and Rupert Warren Charitable Fund

 Gina and Michael Weiner

 Ralph and Mary Wilson

 Dr. Gil I. Wolfe

 Margaret and Bob Zak

 Howard and Leslie Zemsky

 7 members wish to remain anonymous