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The Tocqueville Society was formed in 1993 in Southern Maine. Composed of community leaders and philanthropists who contribute an annual gift of $10,000 or more to United Way, the spirit of caring is ever-present in this generous group of donors.

The Tocqueville Society was named in honor of Alexis de Tocqueville, who published “Democracy in America” in 1835. He wrote that one of America’s greatest strengths was forming associations that extended democracy to the level of people who a shared a common vision.

Tocqueville Society members show an extraordinary commitment, foresight, and dedication that enables United Way of Southern Maine to drive real change by helping those in need today and creating a stronger community tomorrow.

Tocqueville Society members invest over $1,500,000 in our local community every year.

Tocqueville Society Focus

  • Change lives through philanthropic leadership focused on driving community-level change and the building blocks for a better life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health.
  • Communicate the vital role of personal philanthropic action in addressing the underlying causes of societal problems.
  • Foster philanthropic action and voluntary service through a network of like-minded leaders across the globe.

Tocqueville Society Giving Levels

Tocqueville Society levels stem from three virtues Alexis de Tocqueville admired in American society—liberty, equality, and neighbor helping neighbor, or “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.” In 2013, the Ordre de la Générosité level was added, encouraging members to increase their philanthropic impact.

  • Membres de la Société: $10,000 – $14,999
  • Ordre de la Générosité: $15,000 – $24,999
  • Ordre dé Liberté: $25,000 – $49,999
  • Ordre d’Egalité: $50,000 – $74,999
  • Ordre de Fraternité: $75,000 – $99,999
  • La Société Nationale: $100,000 – $249,999

Through the Step Up program, it’s easy to join the Tocqueville Society. You can immediately be recognized as a member with an initial contribution of $5,000 or more, and a three-year commitment.

Tocqueville Chairs


($75,000 – $94,999)
Lisa Gorman

($50,000 – $74,999)
James & Maureen Gorman
Shawn Gorman

($25,000 – $49,999)
Sue and Bill Caron
John and Brenda Chandler
Michael and Denise Dubyak
Betsey and Hugh Farrington
Jeff and Sonya Gorman
Kristine & Tim Masse
Jay Mazelsky
Andrea and Fred Pape
Rich and Jane Petersen
Melissa Smith and Brian Corcoran
Eliza Webster

($15,000 – $24,999)
Jonathan and Helaine Ayers
Brett and Erin Austin
Jeb Brooks & Cherie Wendelken
Michael Bourque and Kendra Connelly
Kathryn Burnham & Nathan Clark
Mr. William Dobrowolski
Mrs. Herb Ginn
Bob and Katy Hews
Jim and Mary Highland
Tom and Kathy Keefer
Chris & Nicole Lewis
Dick and Carol Peterson
Chris and Nova Rogers
Monica and Jeff Sanders
Liz Cotter Schlax and Michael Schlax
Gregory and Kimberly Smith
Chad and Kelly Snow
Al and Linda Swallow
Michael and Andrea Vail
Jean Wilson and John Roberts
Jennifer and Bennett Wilson

($10,000 – $14,999)
Anonymous (2)
Mr. Robert P. Bauman
Jim & Sarah Belliveau
Michelle & Marc Boucher
Greg Boulos
Todd Cesca & Megan Murray
Tony and Diane Cipollone
Brian and Carolyn Clement
Michael and Katherine Coster
Mike Currie
Eduardo Daranyi
Jay and Nisha Dearborn
Steve and Kristen deCastro
Jim and Persephone Ditzel
David and Nancy Erb
Jason and Kelly Favreau
Diane Garofalo & Robert Westburg
Tim Griffin
Cyrus Hagge
Dr. Steven R. Hanna
Peter Haynes
Rich Henry
David & Rosemarie Hines
Hazen L. Hoyt
Dan and Sherry Hutchins
Lou and Jeanne Inzana
Mrs. Cornelia Kittredge
Janice & David Latulippe
Charlie and Anita Leadbetter
Leeann and Tom Leahy
Lodewick-Roope Family
Scott & Cindy Mahoney
Marie McCarthy
Irving Meeker
Bruce Moore & Jan Chapman
Andy and Courtney Mueller
Jeff and Alison Nathanson
Jim & Chris Newton
Brian and Heather Paquette
Sue & Mike Payson
Bob and Susie Peixotto
Hilary Rapkin and Will Stiles
Christian & Tandy Ratliff
Elaine D. Rosen
Meredith Rousseau
David Shaw
Deanna Sherman
Ruby & Michael Simonds
Steve and Lynn Smith
Mr. Daniel Snow & Ms. Merilee Raines
Olympia Snowe and John McKernan
Susannah Swihart and Karl Turner
Fred & Bibi Thompson
Lisa and Nelson Toner
Erik and Mary Jo Van der Kaay
Kierston and Justin Van Soest
Sean and Peg Watson
Seth and Jill Webber
Chris Wilson & Kathryn Sargent
Larry and Colette Wold