The Tocqueville Society


A SOCIETY WITH A WORLDWIDE REACH In 1984, generous donors to United Way Worldwide created the Tocqueville Society. The Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions in the United States and across the globe who have devoted time, talent, and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our communities’ most serious issues.

THE UNITED WAY TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY AIMS TO Change lives through philanthropic leadership focused on the building blocks for a better life: a quality education that leads to a stable job; financial stability that can support a family through retirement, and good health. Communicate the vital role of personal philanthropic action in creating long-lasting changes. Strengthen local United Way leadership by building a network of like-minded leaders across the globe.

OUR MID-SOUTH TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY In 1984-85, seventeen local philanthropists banded together to support United Way of the Mid-South at the highest levels of giving by creating the United Way of the Mid-South Tocqueville Society. Each member contributed $10,000 or more to impact the challenges facing our region. The men and women who have joined the Society over the years and their demonstrations of support have helped improve education, financial stability and health for countless thousands of people across the Mid-South.

THE TOCQUEVILLE AWARD The Tocqueville Award is the single highest honor United Way of the Mid-South can bestow on a local volunteer. Award honorees have impacted the region with the highest levels of philanthropy and support of United Way.

1984-85 Charter Members of the Tocqueville Society

Jack A. Belz
Charles B. Brakefield
Dr. Steven Charles
William B. Dunavant
Avron Fogelman
The Goldsmith Foundation Julien J. Hohenberg
J.R. “Pitt” Hyde, III Margaret Hyde
Saul Kaplan
Ira A. Lipman (founder)
Max Ostner, Sr.
Plough Foundation
James H. Prentiss Foundation Rudi E. Scheidt
Frederick W. Smith
Willard Sparks

Past Tocqueville Award Honorees and Award Presentation Hosts

Jack Belz / Erin and Ray Schultz
Ron Belz / Glenda and Gary Shorb
George W. Bryan / Tina and Robert Fockler
Bob Cannon / Brenda and Herman Morris
Harriett and Hilliard Crews / Sandy and Rick Spell
Dave Ferraro / Marcia and George Bryan
Kathy Buckman Gibson / Betty and John Crowe
J.R. “Pitt” Hyde, III / Bobbie and Dave Ferraro
Dr. E. Charles Leonard / Cindy and Rhett Hailey
Ira Lipman / Anise and Ron Belz
Musette and Allen Morgan / Diane and Fred Smith
Herman Morris, Jr. / Susan and Alan Graf
Max Ostner / Honey and Rudi Scheidt
Carol and Jim Prentiss / Barbara and Pitt Hyde
Rudi Scheidt / Kathy Buckman Gibson
Gary Shorb / Judy and Charles Burkett
Fred Smith / Barbara and Ira Lipman
Jim Vining / Suzanne and Mark Medford
Million Dollar Donors / Anonymous Donors { The Belz Family, Mr. & Mrs. Ira A. Lipman, Mr. & Mrs. Allen B. Morgan, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Frederick W. Smith, Mr. & Mrs. John W. Stokes, Jr., Plough Foundation}

If you are interested in learning more about United Way of the Mid-South’s Tocqueville Society, how to become a member and where your donation makes the biggest impact in our community, take a moment to fill out the form below.

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