Tocqueville Society



You know there’s a better future in store for Greater Akron. You recognize the importance of forward-thinking ideas, innovative solutions and Bold Goals. And most importantly, you want to be a hands-on leader in the movement to make it all happen.


At United Way of Summit County, we have the institutional know-how that comes from 100 years of working within the local community. We focus on the measures that matter, targeting our efforts and leveraging our investments to ensure a lasting, tangible impact.


Together, we can be a powerful collective voice, advocating for those in our community who need our help the most. In the end, it’s not the size of your wallet that matters. It’s the size of your voice.

what is the tocqueville society?

The Tocqueville Society is an elite group of United Way investors who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to improving their community through an annual investment of $10,000 or more. Gifts can be any combination of cash or stock totaling $10,000.

The Tocqueville Society was founded locally in 1989 with 19 donors under the leadership of Ann and David Brennan. This handful of civic leaders and philanthropists contributed just under $300,000 for the first Tocqueville Society campaign. It is conservatively estimated that since 1989 Tocqueville Society members have generated more than $23.2 million in donations, all invested to improve lives in Summit County.

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what are the Benefits of membership?

Tocqueville Society members receive:

  • Invitations to exclusive events, where they have the opportunity to meet face to face with other key community leaders.
  • “Tell Tocqueville First” communications from United Way – including event invitations and breaking news – before anyone else.
  • Recognition in United Way’s annual leadership directory.

By providing valuable guidance and feedback to United Way staff, and by participating in volunteer opportunities, Tocqueville Society members become powerful role models, demonstrating the value of investment in our local community.

How are Tocqueville Society Members recognized?

The investments of Tocqueville Society members are a key driver of United Way’s success in its Bold Goals. In recognition of their extraordinary contributions, all Tocqueville Society members appear in United Way’s annual leadership directory, which highlights the ways in which leadership-level donors are making an impact in our community.

Donors who prefer to remain anonymous may request to have their names omitted from the leadership directory when pledging, or by contacting Kerri Nicol at 330.643.5539 or by email.

Matching grants can help further
your United Way investment.

In the past, grants have allowed Tocqueville Society donors to increase the value of their investment in United Way by providing matching funds. Contact us to find out if matching funds are available for your gift.

For more information about the Tocqueville Society contact Kerri Nicol at 330.643.5539 or by email.

Tocqueville Society Giving Levels:

La Table Ronde des Millions de Dollars - a gift of $1 million (can be paid over five-year period)
Ordre de Prospérité - annual gift of $750,000-$999,999
Ordre de Connaissance - annual gift of $500,000-$749,999
Ordre d’ Indépendance - annual gift of $250,000-$499,999
La Société Nationale - annual gift of $100,000-$249,999
Ordre de Fraternité - annual gift of $75,000-$99,999
Ordre d’ Egalité - annual gift of $50,000-$74,999
Ordre de Liberté - annual gift of $25,000-$49,999
Ordre de Géneréux - annual gift of $15,000-$24,999
Membres de la Société - annual gift of $10,000-$14,999

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Tocqueville Society Committee

Stuart C. Glauberman, Chair
Malco Products, Inc.

Elizabeth Z. Bartz
State and Federal Communications

Robert B. Cooper

Frank C. Comunale
Summit County Department of Job & Family Services

Laura B. Culp
Sikich LLP

G. Paul Fitzhenry
The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company

Tim Frosell
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Mark E. Krohn
The Law Office of Mark E. Krohn, Esq.

Thomas A. Mandel
1590 WAKR/94.9 WQMX/97.5 WONE

Philip H. Maynard
The Maynard Family Foundation

Sharon R. Merklin
SRM Library Services

F. William Steere
Steere Enterprises