Tocqueville Society

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society was inspired by the French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, who admired the American spirit of philanthropy, and the organization was founded in 1981 by Thomas F. Frist, Jr. Today, Tocqueville Society members carry on that same spirit of selflessness and cooperation. Their generosity creates a lasting impact in Stark and Carroll counties.
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Since 1996, United Way of Greater Stark County’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society members have been at the vanguard of improving the lives of countless individuals and families through extraordinary financial gifts, volunteerism and advocacy. 

For many, being a member is an opportunity to have a hands-on role in solving the challenges affecting Greater Stark County to create a better future for us all. 

United Way of Greater Stark County Tocqueville Society members join a national network of 420 Alexis de Tocqueville Societies and more than 25,000 philanthropic leaders in a movement that is committed to creating opportunities for everyone in our community. 

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Member benefits

  • Invitation to exclusive networking and social events with community leaders
  • Recognition in United Way’s annual Leaders in Giving publication
  • Influence positive change in our community through your gift

Membership gift levels

  • Membres de la Société $10,000 - $14,999 
  • 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 

Alexis de Tocqueville Society Mentors

Alexis de Tocqueville Society Mentors are honored 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. An additional $10,000 was donated in their name to the United Way as a way of honoring the mark they made on the individuals honoring them and Stark County as a whole.

Past Alexis de Tocqueville Mentors

  • Dick and Lynn Kempthorn , honored by their sons, Eric and Jim Kempthorn, their daughter, Dana Parker, and the Kempthorn Motors Employees 
  •  Fred and Virginia Olivieri , honored by Dean and Grace Olivieri, Christine Olivieri Hackett and the Olivieri Family 
  • Guy Cecchini, honored by members of United Way of Greater Stark County Board of Directors 
  • E.L. (Al) Cutler, honored by Jim Bray, Jim Camp and Jay Cutler 
  • Paul David, honored by members of United Way of Greater Stark County Board of Directors 
  • Glenn and Ardis DeHoff, honored by Bob and Linda DeHoff 
  • Lynn and Robert Grabowsky, honored by Standard Plumbing and Heating, Inc. and the Grabowsky Family 
  • William "Bill" Luntz, honored by his wife Sharon 
  • Richard (Dick) Nicely, honored by Geoff and Shawn Marie Nicely, his son and daughter-in-law 
  • Dr. James Pagano, honored by Dr. James F. and Charlene King Nancy Markley by the Markley Family 
  • Jack Peters, honored by the Greater Alliance Foundation Board of Trustees 
  • Ronald Carl (R.C.) Miller, honored by members of United Way of Greater Stark County Alexis de Tocqueville Society 
  • Congressman Ralph and Mary Regula, honored by Bob and Linda DeHoff 
  • Herbert Schalmo, honored by The Schalmo Family 
  • Tom Schervish, honored by the Schervish Family 
  • Jon B. Sirpilla, honored by staff, volunteers and by members of United Way of Greater Stark County Board of Directors 
  • William “Don” Sterling, honored by sons Mark, Jeff and Greg Sterling and daughter Jill Givens 
  • J. Babe Stearn, honored by friends of J. Babe Stearn 
  • A Tribute to Women’s Work, honored by Mrs. Herbert E. (Nancy) Markley 
  • Mildred Urbach, honored by grandson, Dr. John and Dr. Arysol Niffenegger 
  • Dr. Ralph T. Warburton, honored by the staff, patients, volunteers and members of North Canton Medical Foundation Board of Directors 

Step-Up Program

Become a member through our Step-Up Program. Begin giving at a $5,000 level and be recognized as a Tocqueville Society member while increasing your gift to $10,000 over a six-year period.

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