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July 7, 2011

Town of Palm Beach United Way Tocqueville Society Leading the Way

by PBUnitedWay

If you are familiar with United Way, chances are the name Alexis de Tocqueville means more than just French philosopher.   Tocqueville was just 26 years old when he came to America in 1831, traveling extensively and recording his observations of life in the young nation.  Though he only spent nine months in the United States, he gleaned an insightful view of American society. His observations, readings and discussions with eminent Americans formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840.

Tocqueville recognized, applauded, and immortalized American voluntary action on behalf of the common good. He wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another,” eloquently capturing the essence of personal philanthropy that persists, almost three centuries later. The observation on philanthropy made by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 is true today; Americans understand that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all.

The United Way Worldwide was so impressed by Tocqueville’s view of the philanthropic nature of American Society that, in 1984, it chose the name Tocqueville Society to recognize donors who contribute at least $10,000 a year to a local United Way. The name Tocqueville Society was chosen by the United Way of America because of Alexis de Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and effort toward its advancement.

And when it comes to stepping up and helping those in need throughout Palm Beach County, the Town of Palm Beach United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society leads the way.  Our Tocqueville Society has been honored by United Way Worldwide with 5 Fleur de Lis Awards.   The awards recognize the outstanding achievements of local Tocqueville Societies from across the nation and are presented to communities that show outstanding results from their campaign.

What an honor it is to live and work in a community where it’s donors step up and raise over $3.3 million resulting in the following awards:

  • Most Tocqueville Members
  • Most New Million Dollar Roundtable Members
  • Most Tocqueville Society Women
  • Most Tocqueville Dollars raised for Community Impact
  • Most National Society Members

The unwavering generosity of our donors supports 47 health and human service agencies that serve Palm Beach County. They are dedicated to improving people’s lives for the better and making our community stronger. We are truly grateful for their service.


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