Tocqueville Society

Leadership Giving through United Way

In 1981, Dr. Thomas F. Frist, Jr. had a vision to create an alliance of community and business leaders who would work collectively to address the needs of our community’s most vulnerable. He partnered with 27 other Nashville visionaries to create the Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter

On November 9, 2016 the Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter celebrated the 35th anniversary of the society's founding at The Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The celebration honored the founders and awarded Martha Ingram with the Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award.

The name Alexis de Tocqueville Society was chosen by Dr. Frist to celebrate the compassion among Americans that French historian Alexis de Tocqueville observed during his eighteenth century visits to the United States. Today, the Tocqueville Society is the world’s largest individual leadership giving society with 430 chapters comprised of nearly 26,000 members worldwide. Around the world, members have invested over $9.3 billion in the work of United Way since inception. United Way of Metropolitan Nashville's Alpha Chapter ranks first in membership among cities similar in size.

With a minimum annual investment of $10,000, Tocqueville Society members are United Way's leaders in philanthropic giving.

Benefits include:
•    Networking with Nashville’s business leaders
•    Developing community leadership skills and contacts
•    Recognition for their philanthropic vision
•    Volunteering with advocates who share the common goal of building a better Nashville
•    Changing lives by partnering in the community impact efforts of United Way of Metropolitan Nashville at a true leadership level


Next Generation Match Program

Founded in 2005 and made possible by three generous Tocqueville Society investors, the Next Generation Tocqueville Society has become the national model for effectively engaging up-and-coming community leaders 45 years old and younger in the work of United Way. Since its inception, 95 members have joined the Tocqueville Society through the Next Generation program.

The step-up program helps members who are emerging leaders reach the full giving level of $10,000 over three years. The eligibility for this program begins with an initial annual investment of $5,000 into the work of United Way and a commitment to increase that investment to $7,500 the second year and then to the full $10,000 Tocqueville level the following year. The benefits of participating in this track of giving are immediately reaping the full benefits of membership while pursuing the ultimately rewarding and impactful pathway to leadership giving.


For more information on how to get involved with the Tocqueville Society, please contact:

Celeste Wilson
Director, Major Gifts & Strategic Engagement
Email Celeste

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Tocqueville Society 2016 Campaign Commitment

Thank you for your generous commitment to United Way of Metropolitan Nashville through your Tocqueville Society membership. Pledges made for the 2016 Campaign are due by December 31, 2017. All online pledges are confidential. Please email Celeste or call 615.780.2403 with any questions.