The Tocqueville Society


The United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society, initiated in March 1984, is designed to deepen the understanding, commitment and support of individuals to United Ways and to recognize the deep commitment to service. Membership in the Society is granted to individuals who contribute at least $10,000 annually to the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.


The Tocqueville Society is a nationally recognized society. Currently, over 400 societies raise over $529 million dollars from nearly 25,000 individuals annually.  These leaders share a spirit of philanthropy and engage locally to improve the lives of others.               


Alexis De Tocqueville Society Members

The members of this exclusive group share a spirit of philanthropy and engage locally to improve lives. Join them to influence, inspire and lead change.


L’Ordre de Liberté 

Recognition of members who contribute $25,000 – $49,999 annually

Don & Melanie Clayton

Drs. Russ & Sherry Galloway


Membres de la Société 

Recognition of members who contribute $10,000-$24,999 annually

Drs. Susan Andrews & Randall Rickard

Mr. Roger Barnes

Rachel & Billy Bruce

Ernest & Peggy Burgess

Dr. & Mrs. Frank Carter

Meagan Flippin

John & Gina Floyd

Shea & Amanda Hargett

Gary & Faye Johnson

Chris & Bonita Jones

Ted & Gloria LaRoche 

Casey & Marcie Rainey

Dr. Ellen & Mr. Richard Slicker

Larry & Martha Tolbert

Don and Hanna Witherspoon

Cy & Rhonda Wiser

Andy & Cherry Womack

1 Anonymous Donors



The Tocqueville Society was named after Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th-century French political thinker and historian who admired values he witnessed while traveling throughout the U.S. – liberty, equality and the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. 



The local Tocqueville Society is a way to make even greater impact with your philanthropic giving. By making a commitment of $10,000 or more annually, you will become a part of a distinguished group of philanthropists who come together to identify issues and lead change for their communities. The benefits of membership include opportunities for networking with successful, community-minded leaders, the chance to attend members-only events and the opportunity to be recognized locally and nationally as a philanthropic leader. Click here to join now.


Step Up To Tocqueville

The United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties is pleased to offer a unique giving option for community leaders interested in joining the Tocqueville Society. Step Up to Tocqueville Program members make a commitment now to reach $10,000 annual giving by gradually moving up to such level over three years, while receiving full membership benefits of the Tocqueville Society from day one, including invitations to exclusive events and listing in local and national directories. Click here to enroll today.



For questions or to make a gift, please contact Lucie Burchfield at or 615-893-7303.