Tocqueville Society

Inspired individuals- transformed communities

The 2020 Tocqueville Society Award was presented to Dan and Patti Rashke 
in honor of their generosity and commitment to United Way and our community!

Our Purpose

We are a network of more than 240 households in Dane County committed to transformative change. When we join together in bold generosity, we accelerate and amplify our impact to create a community where everyone can succeed in school, work and life. Help us reach more families working toward stability.

Our Impact

Tocqueville members are the driving force of United Way’s mission. Annual gifts of $10,000 or more make up nearly one quarter of all money raised by United Way of Dane County. Your support is leveraged many times over as United Way convenes the community to tackle the toughest issues, collaborate on key initiatives and measure results through community-wide metrics.

With your investment of $10,000 annually, we can provide:

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 children in our ParentChild+ home program with books and toys to help every child enter school ready to succeed. Learn more about United Way and education here.

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unemployed and under-employed job seekers with five weeks of foundational work readiness training through our HIRE Initiative. Learn how United Way is working to improve financial stability in Dane County.

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hours of personal care and home chore services to older adults so they can remain in their homes. Learn how United Way helps provide access to affordable quality primary, dental and behavioral health care.

Join Us

Tocqueville Society Membership Means:

Strategic giving that targets root causes, ensures accountability and collaboration and addresses our community’s most pressing issues.

Access to insights about what’s working and what’s changing as we help families grow their well-being and maximize their potential.

Opportunities to volunteer alongside others to amplify the impact of your philanthropy.

Relationships with community and business leaders who value servant leadership.

Recognition of your generosity to inspire others to join in as well as invitations to special events.

About Tocqueville Society
Tocqueville Society was created by United Way nationally in 1984 to celebrate the legacy of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose 1835 Democracy in America celebrated the impact of North American volunteerism and giving for the sake of the common good. He wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.”
A message from Renee Moe, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County
“Our community’s highest and best expression is unleashed when every person in Dane County has the opportunity to realize their full potential. Tocqueville members invest at levels that enable this mission to scale up and build new and wider pathways for a more inclusive prosperity. They set the pace and inspire others through word and action. This work grows in reach and effectiveness when Tocqueville members say, ‘yes we can!’ We are grateful and our community is stronger because they do!”
Tocqueville Society in Dane County
Your membership in Tocqueville Society reflects your commitment that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all. In Dane County, Tocqueville Society was launched in 1990 by Jerry Hiegel and Oscar G. Mayer, and today has grown to more than 240 households who have invested more than $64 million in our community.
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Member Spotlight

Curran Family
Nick and Rebecca Curran

I think United Way does a great job of identifying the biggest challenges in our community and then identifying the best agencies to address those areas of need. 

Rebecca and I have three kids Annika (13), Brecken (10), and Colvin (6).  We stay busy with swimming, soccer, and, soon, Little League.  Outside of sports, our kids enjoy reading, spending time on Green Lake at their Great Grandma’s house, and, yes, screen time with YouTube videos or Fortnite.  Rebecca and I enjoy traveling with our family, swimming, biking, and running. 

Our family’s mission involves being kind to everyone we meet and helping where we can.

Any charity trying to help children in situations they can’t help being in is something we can get behind.  I think of an organization like The Road Home Dane County where their mission is helping families with homelessness.  Every child should have a roof over their head and more. 

I learned from one of the best: Bill Young.  His United Way campaign at one of my first jobs was where I began my giving path.

Jeff and Maralee Tubbs

United Way of Dane County helps ‘connect all the dots’ of all the Organizations that are trying to help those in need. We are fortunate in this area to have so many non-profit entities trying to help people, but sometimes it can be very confusing to figure out which one is the best for your particular situation. United Way has intimate knowledge of these organizations so they can point people to the correct spot to get the care they need. They are also a tremendous steward of the funds donated to them. Again, they see the entire population and are educated in identifying the areas that need more resources to help as many as possible.

I have been blessed to come from a large family with roots in Cross Plains and Sun Prairie. We have always called Dane County ‘home’.  I’ve been happily married to my wife, Maralee, for 28 years. We are fortunate to have two wonderful adult kids, Ashley and Austin. Our daughter works at Oakwood on the eastside of Madison and our son is currently an Emergency Room scribe preparing to attend Medical School. Both enjoy helping others.

I am passionate about Faith, Friendship, strong work ethic, working-out and volunteering. I really enjoy getting to know new people and learning how their organizations function. My role at Findorff allows me to volunteer often and be on many different Boards of Directors. Currently I am on the Boards of St. Mary’s Foundation, Sun Prairie Education Foundation, Downtown Madison Inc, Bank of Sun Prairie, United Way (Tocqueville Chair) and St. Albert the Great Finance Chair.

I believe my first financial gift was to my church. I grew up attending Sacred Hearts Catholic grade school in Sun Prairie and attending church every week. I started giving to the church while in college because I thought I was ‘supposed to’, but I eventually learned of all the great programs the church has for those in need.

Helping others has always given me a sense of joy. I can envision myself as a very active volunteer during retirement.

What we're up to

Tocqueville Conversation Series

Join us for lunch, networking and conversation designed to inform and inspire. Programs feature remarks by United Way President & CEO, Renee Moe, and a keynote by business and philanthropic leaders. Save the date for our upcoming Conversation on December 1.

Tocqueville Society Membership Dinner

Each fall, we gather to celebrate the impact our United Way Tocqueville Society gifts have on the Dane County community. We also honor and celebrate the philanthropy and commitment to our community of a member household. This year’s event, on October 8, will honor Dan and Patti Rashke.

United Way of Dane County Foundation

Gifts to United Way of Dane County Foundation extend your family’s legacy of effective, local philanthropy. Our Foundation advances United Way’s mission to improve lives through key initiatives in education, financial stability and health... today and for future generations.

Tocqueville Society Leadership

2021 Chair: Jeff Tubbs
Executive Vice President at J.H. Findorff & Son
2021 Vice Chair: Christine Dahlhauser
Partner, CPA at Baker Tilly
About Tocqueville Society
Tocqueville Society was created by United Way nationally in 1984 to celebrate the legacy of Alexis de Tocqueville, whose 1835 Democracy in America celebrated the impact of North American volunteerism and giving for the sake of the common good. He wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.”
A message from Renee Moe, President & CEO, United Way of Dane County
“Our community’s highest and best expression is unleashed when every person in Dane County has the opportunity to realize their full potential. Tocqueville members invest at levels that enable this mission to scale up and build new and wider pathways for a more inclusive prosperity. They set the pace and inspire others through word and action. This work grows in reach and effectiveness when Tocqueville members say, ‘yes we can!’ We are grateful and our community is stronger because they do!”
Tocqueville Society in Dane County
Your membership in Tocqueville Society reflects your commitment that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all. In Dane County, Tocqueville Society was launched in 1990 by Jerry Hiegel and Oscar G. Mayer, and today has grown to more than 240 households who have invested more than $64 million in our community.
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