Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Donors who give $10,000 or more

United Way Worldwide created the Alexis de Tocqueville Society to recognize individuals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to their community. Tocqueville Society members are true philanthropists who desire to create long-lasting, positive change.

Giving Levels
La Société Nationale                       $100,000+
Ordre de Fraternité                        $75,000–99,999
Ordre d’Egalité                                $50,000–74,999
Ordre de Liberté                             $25,000–$49,999
Membres de la Société                   $10,000–24,999

Ben and Julie Golding

Ben and Julie Golding

2015 Chairs
Ben Golding, Advancement Resources
Julie Golding, Microsoft

About the Society

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is United Way’s top leadership giving group and was created by United Way of America in 1984 to recognize people who have rendered outstanding commitment to their community.  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.  Locally, 68 members donated nearly $800,000 ($794,956.50) in 2013, and we would like to recognize our local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions who have devoted their  time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues.

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.

  • Membres de la Société – Tocqueville members who give $10,000 to $24,999.
  • Ordre dé Liberté – Tocqueville members who give $25,000 or more.

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, please contact Lois Buntz at (319) 398-5372


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.

Prior chairs:

2014/2015 – Chris and Suzy Dewolf
2013/2014 – Ted and Cathy Townsend
2012/2013 – Kevin and Kathy Knutson
2011/2012 – Tom Peffer, Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, and Carroll Reasoner, University of Iowa
2010 – Tim and Janice Charles
2009 – Tom and Sarah Anderson
2008 – Dick Johnson
2006 – Debbie Jones/Dick Johnson
2005 – Lydia Brown/Debbie Jones
2004 – Laura Dement/Lydia Brown
2002/2003 – Chuck Peters/Laura Dement
2001 – Terri Christoffersen/Kathy Eno/Barbara Knapp
2000 – Terri Christoffersen/Kathy Eno/Barbara Knapp
1999 – Barbara Knapp


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