Tocqueville Society

The Tocqueville Society is an elite group of generous local leaders, deeply connected in the Virginia Peninsula. These individuals lead by example through gifts of time, money and talent to further the mission of United Way. Stand up for what you’re passionate about, face challenges head-on, and know that you can make a difference. Join forces with our forward-thinking, game-changing United Way Tocqueville Society. Tocqueville Society members choose to be leadership donors, giving at least $10,000 per year. 

We are helping solve our community's toughest issues to make a lasting impact.

About The Tocqueville Society

The Tocqueville Society is named for French Author Alexis de Tocqueville, a 19th century diplomat who applauded the American desire to take a personal role in the advancement of society by combining philanthropy and service. That same American passion for philanthropy lives on in our Tocqueville Society members who collectively invest in our communities, with the United way directing the funds where they do the most good.

The Tocqueville Society was created to recognize donors who exhibit exceptional philanthropic leadership and gift at least $10,000 annually to United Way. When you join the Tocqueville Society, you demonstrate your leadership and deep-level of commitment to improving the lives of those most in need across the Virginia Peninsula community.

Benefits of Joining the United Way Tocqueville Society

  • Individual Support As a member, you’ll have access to a Donor Relations Manager who will help you personalize your giving strategy. They’ll provide you with the research and insight you need to meet your philanthropic goals. When you become a part of the Tocqueville Society, you can put your gift of $10,000 to work right away—and our philanthropic funds allow you to combine your giving and be recognized for all you do in the community. 
  • Accessibility Our educational events allow you to dive deep into the issues you’re passionate about. From focus events to social meet-ups—there’s something for everyone. With a fresh perspective and vital information, you’ll be one step closer to creating change in your community.
  • Curated Volunteer Opportunities We’ll connect you to a variety of ways to volunteer. Whether you’re a joiner, prefer to work one-on-one or want to enlist your family and friends—we’ll find volunteer opportunities that are tailored to you.

For more information or to make your Tocqueville gift, contact Steve Kast at (757) 873-9328.

2020-21 Tocqueville Members:

Stephen & Karen Barrs 
C.A. Barrs Contractor

Gary Behm

Christine Bradley

Jerri Dickseski
Huntington Ingalls Industries & Newport News Shipbuilding

William Ermatinger
Huntington Ingalls Industries & Newport News Shipbuilding

Stanley Gallaer
POMOCO Auto Group

Kasia Grzelkowski
VersAbility Resources

Robert Hatten
Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

Chip Hornsby

Steve & Allyson Kast
United Way of the Virginia Peninsula

Hugh & Elizabeth McCormick
Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein

Kevin & Mindy Murphy
Ferguson Enterprises

Michael & Nancy Petters
Huntington Ingalls Industries & Newport News Shipbuilding

Conway & Kay Sheild
Jones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, P.C.

Brian Skinner

Charles Spencer

Keith & Greta VanderVennet
Ferguson Enterprises