2020 Calendar of  Tocqueville Society Events:

Canceled: Spring Conversation at AC Hotel, 11:30 am
August 11: Summer Conversation at the AC Hotel, 11:30 am
October 8: Membership Dinner
December 1: Winter Conversation at the AC Hotel, 11:30 am


Tocqueville Society Members are United Way of Dane County’s most generous donors.
Households who contribute $10,000 or more annually to creating lasting, positive change in our community. Our local Society was founded in 1990 by Jerry M. Hiegel and Oscar G. Mayer and now exceeds 230 members.
The Society takes its name from Alexis de Tocqueville, a French political philosopher who documented his travels in the United States and his admiration of American philanthropy in his 1831 book Democracy in America.
As a member of the Tocqueville Society you are also part of national recognition among all donors in the United Way network across the country.
United Way takes a leadership role in attacking the root causes of community problems. When you give an unrestricted gift to United Way, your contribution will address the most urgent community-wide problems and ensure the success of these strategies.


Tocqueville Society member donations make up nearly one quarter of all the money raised by United Way of Dane County. These individuals are truly changing lives in our community.


In addition to the incredible benefit your philanthropy provides to our community, being a member of the Tocqueville Society has benefits for you.
Additional membership benefits include:

  • The opportunity to make the greatest impact in our community and solve our most pressing issues.
  • Access to intimate knowledge about community needs and solutions.
  • Association with community and business leaders in Dane County.
  • Acknowledgement of your support and special invitations to participate in Tocqueville Society and United Way events.


All gifts of $10,000 or more will be recognized as Tocqueville Society gifts.
Download 2019 Tocqueville Renewal Pledge Form

Download 2019 Tocqueville New Gift Pledge Form


To find out how Tocqueville Society can help you reach your philanthropic goals and change lives in Dane County, contact (608) 246-5480 or tocqueville@uwdc.org