Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Alexis de Tocqueville Society members have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to our community; giving $10,000 and more to United Way.

Alexis de Tocqueville

In May of 1831 a young Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, landed in Rhode Island. His mission was to study America’s penal system. Over the next nine months, Tocqueville traveled nearly 7,000 miles, observing the great experiment called democracy. He discovered boundless selflessness, cooperation and volunteerism.

In his subsequent book Democracy In America, he wrote: "When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously with great good will."

It is in this spirit that the United Way of America formed the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. The Society is part of an elite national program whose members are recognized as America’s leading philanthropists.

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