Tocqueville Society

Inspired Individuals- Transformed Communities

Our Purpose

We are a network of nearly 250 households in Dane County committed to transformative change. We join together to accelerate and amplify the work of United Way creating 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:

Education icon, no title
1

 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.

Income icon, no title
1

hours of foundational job readiness training for a class of up to 15 unemployed job seekers looking to develop basic computer and work readiness skills. Learn how United Way is working to improve financial stability in Dane County.

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
“Emerging from the pandemic and with current social division, Tocqueville leaders see the big picture and invest with United Way to accelerate positive change. Whether moving families on pathways out of poverty or strengthening the nonprofit ecosystem for ‘no point of failure,’ Tocqueville members understand United Way is uniquely equipped to bring people together to create a stronger community for every resident. Thank you! ”
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 M. Hiegel and Oscar G. Mayer, and today has grown to nearly 250 households who have invested more than $68 million in our community.
Previous
Next

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.

Sean and Stacy Laborde

I’ve been happily married to my wife, Stacy, for over 21 years. Our journey together started when we first met each other in college at UW-Madison. We are fortunate to have three wonderful children, Lindsey, Madelyn and Nolan. Lindsey currently attends college at Edgewood, Madelyn attends college at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Nolan is currently a Junior at Mount Horeb High School.

While I believe the United Way plays numerous roles in our community, one that stands out for me is the unique position they serve in as a connector. In this role, United Way can connect the great work being done across multiple agencies in Dane County and leverage their smarts, talent and energy to address common challenges in our community.

Very simply, I think it is the right thing to do. In addition, it provides an easy approach to making the biggest impact on our community through a financial gift. I have often said that providing financial support to the United Way of Dane County is like making an investment in a mutual fund that positively supports our community.

Being with family and friends and knowing that what we do makes a difference at both the individual and community level.

While it was not my first gift to philanthropy, I remember being in my first role out of college and filling out (paper of course) the form to support the United Way of Dane County. I had no idea who this organization was or what they did, but I did know the campaign was important to my company, so it was important to me.

What We're Up To

Tocqueville Conversation Series

Join us over lunch, for 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 next Conversations on August 3 and November 9.

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. Save the date for September 23, 2021!

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.
Previous
Next