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United Way & Tocqueville

« In democratic countries the science of association is the mother of science; the progress of all the rest depends upon the progress it has made. If men are to remain civilized or to become so, the art of associating together must grow and improve in the same ratio in which the equality of conditions is increased. » 

Alexis de Tocqueville, De la démocratie en Amérique, 1835. 


When he travelled to the United States and Canada in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville was fascinated by North Americans understanding that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all.  This is the commitment promoted by the United Way since 1887.

The United Way Tocqueville Society was founded in 1984 to deepen the understanding, commitment, and support of United Way’s most generous and community-minded investors. Globally, Tocqueville Societies have continued to see growth in a number of ways.  Currently, 430 societies raise over $556 million dollars from nearly 27,000 individuals. 

The United Way Tocqueville Society is honoured by the involvement of descendants of Alexis de Tocqueville, which led to the joint creation in 2008 of the United Way Tocqueville France.