The Tocqueville Society

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Setting the Standard

Alexis de Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who applauded the unique spirit of volunteerism in American society. His observations formed the 1835 work, “Democracy in America,” a detailed study of American society, culture, and politics. Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans help one another in times of need. He recognized, applauded and immortalized the volunteer spirit that lives in the heart of Americans.

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s local chapter of The Tocqueville Society was created in 1990 to recognize individuals and couples who invest $10,000 or more each year. Since that time, members of The Tocqueville Society have generously given nearly $17 million to change the lives of their neighbors in need. For 2017, our Tocqueville donors surpassed the $1.3 million mark, representing 25% of the total dollars raised in the community campaign.

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Thank you to our committee chairs

A special thank you to our 2016 and 2017 Tocqueville Society Chairs know to us as the "Quad of Awesomeness"!  We thank Janice Brumit, Suzanne DeFerie, Taylor Foss and Ann Young for serving with excellence and distinction, raising over $2.5 MM for the community during your chairperson-ships.  

We look forward to the 2018 campaign with our new chairs, 'The Fantastic 4,' including David Greiner, Gary Foss, Rob Merrill and Leon Elliston.  

Thank you to our sponsor