Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Ted and Cathy2013/2014 chairs: Ted & Cathy Townsend

Ted Townsend is the CEO at St. Luke’s Hospital and Cathy Townsend is a community volunteer.

““Cathy and I are transplants to the Cedar Rapids community, but raising two of our children here and both being involved in health care we have had opportunities to see the needs in our community and the many ways United Way is working to meet those needs. Our goal is simply to be part of that effort.” – Ted Townsend

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is United Way’s top leadership giving group. It recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions around the world who have devoted time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues.

There are more than 25,000 members of the Tocqueville Society in the United States. Their gifts, which total $7 billion since 1984, have impacted countless lives.
In East Central Iowa, 55 individuals or couples are Tocqueville members.

United Way recognizes individuals or couples who donate $10,000 annually as members of the Tocqueville Society.  The society had 55 members in 2011. Their contributions represented almost $700,000.

Leading the Way

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society was created by United Way of America in 1984 to recognize people who have rendered outstanding commitment to their community. It also promotes voluntary community service and to recognize the value such service has to our nation.

Membres de la Société

Tocqueville members who give $10,000 to $24,999 are recognized as Membres de la Société.

Ordre dé Liberté

Tocqueville members who give $25,000 or more are recognized in the Ordre dé Liberté group.

Benefits

As a member of this exclusive society, you join a network of philanthropic leaders who seek to create long-lasting, positive change. By partnering with a quality organization and dedicated staff; you ensure that gifts, voice and time are efficiently invested in our local community to maximize impact. You also are invited to exclusive Tocqueville Society events and recognized in United Way’s leadership directory.

Be a Leader

Committed philanthropists in our community are invited to join the Tocqueville Society. Membership is granted to individuals who annually give $10,000 or more to United Way.

For new members, a “step-up program” is available. By participating in this three-year tiered pledge program, you’ll be recognized as a member of the Tocqueville Society upon enrollment and receive invitations to all events and programs.
• Year One Pledge – $5,000
• Year Two Pledge – $7,500
• Year Three Pledge – $10,000

For more information about becoming a Tocqueville donor, contact Lois Buntz at
(319) 398-5372 or by clicking here.

Between 1989 and 2011, Tocqueville members have given $6,288,574 collectively.

Leadership Directory 2012

Prior chairs:

1999 – Barbara Knapp
2000 –
Terri Christoffersen/Kathy Eno/Barbara Knapp
2001 - 
Terri Christoffersen/Kathy Eno/Barbara Knapp
2002/2003 –
Chuck Peters/Laura Dement
2004 –
Laura Dement/Lydia Brown
2005 –
Lydia Brown/Debbie Jones
2006 –
Debbie Jones/Dick Johnson
2008 –
Dick Johnson
2009 –
Tom and Sarah Anderson
2010 –
Tim and Janice Charles
2011/2012 –
Tom Peffer, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, and Carroll Reasoner, University of Iowa
2012/2013 - Kevin and Kathy Knutson

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Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville was born in Paris, France, on July 29, 1805. In 1831, he accepted, with Gustave de Beaumont, a commission to examine the prisons and penitentiaries of the United States.

This journey provided him with material for his penetrating study of American society and politics, Democracy in America. This work, the first part of which appeared in 1835 and the second in 1840, won him a European reputation as an ardent reformer, as well as a seat in the French Academy. He entered politics in 1837 and from June to October was Minister of Foreign Affairs. He died at Cannes on April 16, 1859.

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society was created by United Way of America to recognize people who have rendered outstanding commitment to their community locally or on a national level. It also exists to promote voluntary community service and to recognize the value such service has to our nation.

The name was chosen because of Alexis de Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and effort for the common good, a spirit he observed in America and about which he wrote enthusiastically.