Alexis De Tocqueville Society

During the fall of 1832, Alexis de Tocqueville, a young Frenchman, traveled nearly 8,000 miles across America speaking with individuals about the "great experiment" in democracy. The spirit of selflessness and cooperation among Americans amazed de Tocqueville. His written work, Democracy in America, reflects his admiration for the American spirit of voluntary action for the common good.

Founded in 1981 by Thomas F. Frist, Jr., the Tocqueville Society echoes the American spirit of cooperation and good will which de Tocqueville witnessed in early America. It personifies the true meaning of philanthropy, with members giving $10,000 or more annually to United Way of Greater Stark County. Currently, there are more than 420 established United Way Tocqueville Societies, which raised $518.5M among 25,208 members in 2016.


United Way of Greater Stark County’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society offers its members a variety of networking and social events. Members are recognized in the annual “Leaders in Giving” e-publication, along with national publications.

Special orders of recognition have been created based on these concepts, and distinguished by each member’s chosen level of giving:

Membres de la Société $10,000 - $24,999

Ordre de Géneréux $15,000 -$24,999*

Ordre de Liberté $25,000 - $49,999

Ordre d’Egalité $50,000 - $74,999

Ordre de Fraternité $75,000 - $99,999

La Société Nationale $100,000 - $249,999

Ordre d’Indépendance $250,000 - $499,999

Ordre de Connaissance $500,000 - $749,999

Ordre de Prospérité $750,000 - $999,999

La Table Ronde de Millions de Dollars $1 million plus commitment over 5 years

To learn more, contact Terri Bate, Director of Philanthropy, at 330-491-9969 or by EMAIL


The Step-Up program allows donors to begin giving at a $5,000 level and be recognized as an Alexis de Tocqueville Scoiety member while increasing gifts over a six-year period.

Year 1 - donate $5,000
Year 2 - donate $6,000
Year 3 - donate $7,000
Year 4 - donate $8,000
Year 5 - donate $9,000
Year 6 - donate $10,000


Alexis de Tocqueville Mentors are individuals who have been honored by an Alexis de Tocqueville member for their contributions to the community and their impact on the lives of people close to them. Those affecting change in either the personal or public realm have done so by example – their unselfish commitment to giving back is a shining beacon in our community.

To learn more about past Alexis de Tocqueville Mentors, go HERE