The Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Masthead: Blue Ridge Mountains







Setting the Standard

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 over $21 million to impact critical community issues. 

In addition to their generous community investments, Tocqueville members also leverage their business and community acumen; helping to guide United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County's focus, policies, and overall work.


We want to make it easy for you to join. There are numerous ways to make your investment, including asset-based gifts, payroll deduction through your workplace, by phone with a credit card, sending a bank draft, or paper billing, all on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis. 

  • Donate $10,000 or more to the Live United Fund and express your interest in the Tocqueville Society.
  • Visit our Ways to Give page and choose the best option for you to contribute and join.
  • For detailed information about the Tocqueville Society, please contact Tracey Johnston-Crum, 828.239.1048 or 828.216.5813.

And be sure to connect with us on Facebook

Tocqueville Society Co-Chairs

  • Bill Hathaway - MAHEC
  • Sharon Hathaway - Mission Health
  • Amy Hanks - Beverly-Hanks and Associates, Realtors

Joining the Tocqueville Society isn't just about becoming a critical investor in our community and the work of United Way. Members also receive many personal and professional benefits:

  • A special feature in our Leaders in Giving + Action publication as well as in United Way Worldwide's Book of Leaders (unless you prefer to remain anonymous);
  • Networking opportunities with other members and corporate and community leaders;
  • An annual recognition reception for all Leadership Givers;
  • Two annual events held exclusively for Tocqueville Society members;
  • The opportunity to help shape the scope and direction of United Way's work;
  • A place of honor among Leadership Givers and the opportunity to inspire the generosity of others; and
  • Regular communication sharing the tremendous impact members are making in our community.

In 1973, United Way of America began honoring those who demonstrated extraordinary commitment, leadership, and service and made a broad impact on their community and/or the nation. Previous winners of the national award include Ambassador Walter Annenberg, Presidents Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter, Senator and Mrs. John Glenn, and Bob Hope. In 2002, we began the tradition locally, with Buddy and Marilyn Patton and Barbara Blomberg being honored with our first Tocqueville Society Community Service Award. Explore the full listing of local Community Service Award winners

In 2021, we had the pleasure of awarding Jennie and Bobbie Eblen with the Tocqueville Society Community Service Award for their long and storied history of philanthropic service throughout Buncombe County. In their honor, a breathtaking award was created for them by local hand-blown glass creators Lexington Glassworks. Explore Jennie and her mother, Bobbie's history of community support.