Leadership Giving Matters

When you join the ranks of United Way Leadership givers, you benefit by knowing that your dollars go to work in the community in a targeted, thoughtful way to improve conditions in our six-county area. You also receive regular invitations to special events with notable business and public sector leaders.

People who give become a part of the fabric of change. They experience enthusiasm in their relationship with their communities and each other. Giving connects us with the very basic experience of people helping people.

Tocqueville Society
The Tocqueville Society recognizes the unique American spirit of volunteering and giving. Named after 17th century French philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville who observed Americans helping each other in times of need, the Tocqueville Society acknowledges donors who are deeply committed to service and philanthropy within our community.

Membership in the Tocqueville Society is extended to those individuals or couples whose combined annual United Way contribution is $10,000 or more.

Cornerstone Club
Introduced in 2006 by Campaign Chair Sam T. Sicard, Cornerstone Club recognizes individuals or couples who give from $2,500 to $9,999.
Pillars Club
Leadership givers were recognized for the first time in 1995 at the Pillar level of $1,000 for individuals or couples. With the introduction of the Cornerstone Club, Pillars Club is now from $1,000 – $2,499.
Foundation Club
Is for those giving $500 to $999. It is a beginning on your way up the Leadership Giving Club levels.
Women’s Leadership Circle
The women’s Leadership Circle is designed to recognize and promote philanthropic giving and involvement for women leaders. Members of the Circle collaborate in effecting positive change by serving as role models, mentors, leaders and philanthropists.

Women’s Leadership Circle members contribute an annual investment of $1000 or more as an individual or $1500 or more when combined with their spouse. Ten percent of giving to WLC is allocated to a community impact fund. In 2006, WLC voted to have the funds benefit Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This initiative provides age-appropriate books every month to children from birth to age five.

Every October, WLC hosts the Power of the Purse event which brings together more than 400 women from the area. The event includes lunch, a guest speaker and bidding on designer purses and theme bags. In 2012, proceeds from the event totaled more than $7300. All proceeds from the luncheon benefited Imagination Library.

Loyalty Donors
United Way’s Loyalty Donor Program is designed to recognize long-time donors to United Way, regardless of the amount. They not only show their belief in the United Way mission but become the backbone upon which United Way exists. Please indicate on your pledge card how many years you have been contributing.