Tocqueville Society

United Way of Tompkins County Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Society members are philanthropic leaders who, through generous gifts, demonstrate their commitment to tackling our community’s most pressing problems and creating  sustainable positive change. The Society is named after the 19th century French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville who, in his writings, recognized the importance of voluntary action on behalf of the common good. The Society is dedicated to developing a stronger sense of community and connection among local philanthropists through engagement opportunities that grow awareness of issues and solutions affecting the well-being of children and families in our community and networking with like-minded individuals.

Membership Criteria
Tocqueville Society membership is open to individuals or couples who donate gifts totaling $10,000 or more annually.

If you are interested in supporting the work of United Way of Tompkins County at the Tocqueville Society level, please reach out to CEO, Michael Ramos at

Why give directly to United Way?
United Way addresses the immediate needs of local children, adults and families and finds long-term solutions to challenges in our community. We do this by investing in community-based programs and services, leading community change initiatives, and mobilizing resources and volunteers. Donors who partner with United Way by investing in our organization’s work help create a community in which opportunities are available for everyone.

It is through connecting people and passions that we are able to make our community a better place.

Learn more about our new Tocqueville "Level Up" Program!

The United Way of Tompkins County Level-Up Program is a new path to become a member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society.

The Level-Up program provides an extended, six-year track so you can participate in United Way’s premier giving society while gradually growing your impact in our community. To download your form click here and turn it into Chief Development Officer, Megan Omohundro at For more information, you can also schedule time with Megan at