Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Society

Neil & Jane* Golub
2016 Tocqueville Award honorees

Tocqueville Society membership is granted to individuals who contribute at least $10,000 annually to United Way of the Greater Capital Region. The program was established nationally in 1984 and locally in 1993. It exists to foster, promote and recognize local philanthropic leaders and champions of our community,

Tocqueville Society members are recognized at both the local and national level and listed in Tocqueville Society leadership directories with other prominent leaders from across the nation. The Society's namesake, a 19th century French historian, wrote about his admiration of the American spirit of voluntary effort for the common good. That spirit can be seen today in the generosity of United Way leadership contributors.

Tocqueville Society giving levels are:

  • La Table Ronde d'un Million de Dollars, for contributions of $1 million

  • or more

  • La Societe Nationale, for contributions of $100,000 to $999,999

  • Ordre de Fraternite, for contributions of $75,000 to $99,999

  • Ordre d'Egalite, for contributions of $50,000 to $74,999

  • Ordre de Liberte, for contributions of $25,000 to $49,999

  • Membre de la Societe, for contributions of $10,000 to $24,999

Tocqueville Society Members

  • Wallace & Jane Altes

  • Robert M. Curley

  • Robert Doyle

  • George & Eileen Earle III

  • Alan P. Goldberg

  • Neil & Jane* Golub

  • John Held

  • Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson & Dr. Morris A. Washington

  • Morris* & Esther Massry

  • Norman & Micki Massry

  • John J. Nigro

  • Bradley C. Jones

  • Brian & Beth O'Grady

  • Percy Waller Foundation

The Society's Namesake

Only 26 years old when he came to the United States and Canada in 1831, Alexis Charles-Henri de Tocqueville traveled extensively, recording his observations of life in the young nations. Though he only spent nine months in North America, he gleaned an insightful view of American society.

His observations, readings and discussions with eminent Americans formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840.Tocqueville recognized, applauded, and immortalized North American voluntary action on behalf of the common good.

He wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another,” eloquently capturing the essence of personal philanthropy that persists, almost three centuries later.

The observation on philanthropy made by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 is true today; North Americans understand that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all. The name Tocqueville Society was chosen because of Alexis de Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and effort toward its advancement.

For more information on United Way of the Greater Capital Region's Tocqueville Society, call 518.456.2200.


* of blessed memory