Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter

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

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society recognizes philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions who devote their time, talent and funds to create lasting community change. The name 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 $10 billion in the work of United Way since inception. United Way of Greater Nashville's Alpha Chapter ranks first in membership among cities similar in size. We extend our appreciation to the Nashville Tocqueville Society members who have made a difference through their significant annual investments, and who continue to work alongside us. 

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 Greater Nashville at a true leadership level


Match Program

Founded in 2005, the Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter match program offers individuals a three-year step-up program to join the Tocqueville Society. The program initially was funded by three anonymous Tocqueville Society members. Today, new anonymous members continue the legacy by committing personal funds to sustain the match program. Each of the match program investors recognizes that growing the Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter is critical to advancing United Way’s vital work in the community.

The match program helps potential members 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 investment level the following year and into the future.

Participants in the match program immediately reap the benefits of full Tocqueville Society membership.


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

Celeste Wilson
Senior Director, Major Giving
Email Celeste


Kate Keene
Director, Major Giving
Email Kate


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The following companies led in total numbers of Tocqueville Society Alpha Chapter members within their company.

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Tocqueville Society 2019 Campaign Commitment

Thank you for your generous commitment to United Way of Greater Nashville through your Tocqueville Society membership. With your Tocqueville gift, you are fighting for a community where every person has an equal chance at a bright future

Pledges made for the 2019 Campaign are due by December 31, 2020. All online pledges are confidential. Please email Celeste at or call 615.780.2403 with any questions.