"When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously, and with great good will."
-Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1885
Alexis de Tocqueville was a brilliant French nobleman who visited the United States in the early 19th century to study democracy. Tocqueville was impressed with America’s spirit of volunteerism and value of working together for the common good. In 1984, United Way of America chose Tocqueville as the namesake for its most prestigious giving society for those who donate $10,000 or more annually.
United Way of Elkhart County is honored to have 15 Tocqueville Society members who contributed $204,000 in 2016.