DONOR GROUPS

Giving, advocating or volunteering are all ways to create change in our community. Joining a United Way Donor Group is one way to get involved.

When you join a donor group you’ll have access to special events as well as unique volunteer and professional development opportunities. Our donor group members are true leaders. They are a cornerstone of our organization, recognized not only for their financial contributions, but for their volunteerism, input and personal service on numerous committees and initiatives.

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Tocqueville Society

Tocqueville Society is a powerful group of local business and civic leaders who invest $10,000 or more annually to help the United Way address our community’s most critical needs.

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Women’s Leadership Council

WLC is empowering women in Southwestern PA communities to become agents of change through philanthropy, leadership, and volunteerism.

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Next Generation

United Way’s Next Generation represents young professionals in Southwestern Pennsylvania who want to make a large impact on their community. Through volunteerism, advocacy and fundraising, United Way’s Next Generation are our community’s up and coming leaders.

Bridges Society

Bridges is for rising community leaders and philanthropists under the age of 45 who contribute $1,000+ and want to take a leadership role to impact our community’s future.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT

Cherishing time with seniors and change makers

"From my involvement with Women’s Leadership Council to Bridges, I learned there are many people right here in my community, specifically young professionals, who are working towards a greater good.…

Inspiring students in a time of crisis

"No one is above what’s happening right now. This touches everyone. Our community nonprofits and their volunteers are literally keeping people alive. So many were already vulnerable and now they’re…

Passionate about Pittsburgh — and giving back

"I’m a loyal and proud Pittsburgher, and I like knowing there’s a fund through United Way that I can give money to and know that it will be disbursed in a way that best benefits the region."

A joy for life, a passion for serving others

"I love that they provide holistic assistance for everyone and anyone, because we all get down and out at times. I’ve been hands-on with them for years, and I really enjoy the organization."

Helping others through her love of people

"I’ve been on boards where they always have the same ideas floating around, but with United Way there are always fresh ideas and new things going on, and they always want to know how things are going…

Giving back to the vibrant city he loves

"No one has to go it alone — we live and work in this society with our family and friends — and I’ve benefited from that support. I want to take time to help someone else. "

Building relationships to help others flourish

"Seeing United Way focus on individuals in need, who might be scared to ask for help at times, is great. They provide access to services to people who truly need it — and they do it in a compassionate…

Giving back with gratitude

"Being involved in Bridges Society allows me to interact with a similar demographic of young professionals and opens up so many opportunities to get involved."

Raising awareness for autism and United Way

"If we continue to encourage people to be active in organizations, like the United Way and its Tocqueville Society, we can be a positive force for change in the modern world.”

Building community through her passions

"I just love the chance to get to know more people, and I think volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and meet other people who also share a value system that you do."

A decade of impact

“If we have the opportunity to have a positive impact on someone’s life, we simply have to take it.”

Giving back in a new city

“When I joined United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, it just felt like I’d found my spot.”

Surrounded by Dynamic Women

“After learning about the Women’s Leadership Council, all I could think was ‘Why haven’t I joined yet?’”

A gift that just makes sense

“I have always been passionate about being involved in the community, and United Way is the perfect outlet for me to do that.”

Do whatever little you can

“There are so many people who inspire us to help others. I feel fortunate that I am able to give back so early in my life.”

A responsibility to give back

“From the moment I learned about Women's Leadership Council, I knew I needed to join and help women in our area.”

Making an impact together

“United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council offers many ways for women to get involved based on what they’re passionate about.”

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

“This is a strong, vibrant and impactful group of professionals, who just so happen to be women, involved in United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.”

Making the Most of Every Moment

"I get so much out of the Tocqueville Society. Volunteer events, interaction with people, and knowing that my money is being directed to the right place.”

TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

“WLC’s TOGETHER Leading is an opportunity to make personal and professional connections with other women to make our community and workplaces stronger.”

Finding a place to belong

“I was so fortunate to find the Women’s Leadership Council. A group of intelligent, forward-thinking people – who happen to be women – to connect with and make an impact.”

Finding balance in life and work

“I joined the Women’s Leadership Council because I liked the idea of women working with other women to make an impact in our community.”

You Can't Help but Get Engaged

“One of the best ways to have a positive impact in the community is to give to United Way. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. And it stays in our community. That’s the biggest thing.”

If You're Not Participating, You're Missing Out

“For many years, I didn’t understand the concept behind the Tocqueville Society. If I had known earlier, I’d have gotten involved sooner.” You never know when a good suggestion will change…

Bigger Gifts = Bigger Impact

“I give to the Impact Fund because I want my dollars to go wherever they’re needed most in the community.” During the many years that Dr. Daniel Edelstone led the Physicians Campaign at the University…

Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman was a young single mother when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1993 and settled in Pittsburgh with help from local resettlement services. “I come from a culture that supports…

The Bottom Line: Giving is Fun

“Learning more about United Way made us realize how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to give at this level.”

It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…

Challenges are Okay

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…

How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse, a Principal and Wealth Management Advisor at JKS Financial, was always good with numbers; and has had a steady career trajectory in the financial services industry since 1998, when he interned…

Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma was a “freshly-minted marketing professional” with PPG when he made his first donation to United Way during the 2009 workplace campaign. Now managing a variety of commercial and technical…

Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper met as undergraduate students at Georgetown University, where they were both on the track team. She was from Erie, PA. He was from the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It…

Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher, a partner at Blank Rome, LLP since January 2015, concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. Her work has taken her all over the country and has been nationally…

Women can Inspire a Revolution

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…

Todd Rosenfeld and Delilah Picart

Give More, Get More

“By being a Tocqueville member, a person receives considerably more than they give.”

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Ray Buehler has lived a busy yet fulfilling life, recently becoming the 2014 United Way Campaign Chair.

Curt and Kim Fleming

Energized by Impact

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kim Fleming took a small jump to Illinois to attend Northwestern University for physical therapy.

Lou and Kathy Testoni

Superwoman of Pittsburgh

After meeting her army husband in Washington DC and spending her young adult life moving around the United States and raising two children, Kathy Testoni is no stranger to hard work or dedication.

Dodi Walker Gross

Taking Care of Her Own

Working as a lawyer and a partner at Reed Smith, Pittsburgh native Dodi Walker Gross is no stranger to helping the community.

Dan Onorato

Pay it Forward

One Man’s Experiences Lead Him to Encourage Community to Give Back

A Philanthropic Love Story

Newlyweds Ed and Amy Haller have rapidly earned a reputation for their commitment to the United Way since arriving in Pittsburgh.

Cherishing time with seniors and change makers

"From my involvement with Women’s Leadership Council to Bridges, I learned there are many people right here in my community, specifically young professionals, who are working towards a greater good.…

Inspiring students in a time of crisis

"No one is above what’s happening right now. This touches everyone. Our community nonprofits and their volunteers are literally keeping people alive. So many were already vulnerable and now they’re…

Passionate about Pittsburgh — and giving back

"I’m a loyal and proud Pittsburgher, and I like knowing there’s a fund through United Way that I can give money to and know that it will be disbursed in a way that best benefits the region."

A joy for life, a passion for serving others

"I love that they provide holistic assistance for everyone and anyone, because we all get down and out at times. I’ve been hands-on with them for years, and I really enjoy the organization."

Helping others through her love of people

"I’ve been on boards where they always have the same ideas floating around, but with United Way there are always fresh ideas and new things going on, and they always want to know how things are going…

Giving back to the vibrant city he loves

"No one has to go it alone — we live and work in this society with our family and friends — and I’ve benefited from that support. I want to take time to help someone else. "

Building relationships to help others flourish

"Seeing United Way focus on individuals in need, who might be scared to ask for help at times, is great. They provide access to services to people who truly need it — and they do it in a compassionate…

Giving back with gratitude

"Being involved in Bridges Society allows me to interact with a similar demographic of young professionals and opens up so many opportunities to get involved."

Raising awareness for autism and United Way

"If we continue to encourage people to be active in organizations, like the United Way and its Tocqueville Society, we can be a positive force for change in the modern world.”

Building community through her passions

"I just love the chance to get to know more people, and I think volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and meet other people who also share a value system that you do."

A decade of impact

“If we have the opportunity to have a positive impact on someone’s life, we simply have to take it.”

Giving back in a new city

“When I joined United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council, it just felt like I’d found my spot.”

Surrounded by Dynamic Women

“After learning about the Women’s Leadership Council, all I could think was ‘Why haven’t I joined yet?’”

A gift that just makes sense

“I have always been passionate about being involved in the community, and United Way is the perfect outlet for me to do that.”

Do whatever little you can

“There are so many people who inspire us to help others. I feel fortunate that I am able to give back so early in my life.”

A responsibility to give back

“From the moment I learned about Women's Leadership Council, I knew I needed to join and help women in our area.”

Making an impact together

“United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council offers many ways for women to get involved based on what they’re passionate about.”

Making an undeniable impact with WLC

“This is a strong, vibrant and impactful group of professionals, who just so happen to be women, involved in United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council.”

Making the Most of Every Moment

"I get so much out of the Tocqueville Society. Volunteer events, interaction with people, and knowing that my money is being directed to the right place.”

TOGETHER Leading: Becoming a leader

“WLC’s TOGETHER Leading is an opportunity to make personal and professional connections with other women to make our community and workplaces stronger.”

Finding a place to belong

“I was so fortunate to find the Women’s Leadership Council. A group of intelligent, forward-thinking people – who happen to be women – to connect with and make an impact.”

Finding balance in life and work

“I joined the Women’s Leadership Council because I liked the idea of women working with other women to make an impact in our community.”

You Can't Help but Get Engaged

“One of the best ways to have a positive impact in the community is to give to United Way. It doesn’t take a lot to make a difference. And it stays in our community. That’s the biggest thing.”

If You're Not Participating, You're Missing Out

“For many years, I didn’t understand the concept behind the Tocqueville Society. If I had known earlier, I’d have gotten involved sooner.” You never know when a good suggestion will change…

Bigger Gifts = Bigger Impact

“I give to the Impact Fund because I want my dollars to go wherever they’re needed most in the community.” During the many years that Dr. Daniel Edelstone led the Physicians Campaign at the University…

Women Have to Decide What's Important

Ellen Freeman was a young single mother when she emigrated from the former Soviet Union in 1993 and settled in Pittsburgh with help from local resettlement services. “I come from a culture that supports…

The Bottom Line: Giving is Fun

“Learning more about United Way made us realize how fortunate we are to have the opportunity to give at this level.”

It's About Women Working for Other Women

Diana Garfold-Barr has a high-energy position as Manager of Store Resets at Giant Eagle, but when she joined the company in 1996 she was a young single mom at the bottom of the corporate ladder. She remembers…

Challenges are Okay

As Fiduciary Asset Business Development Officer at Fragasso Financial Advisors, Dotti Bechtol helps nonprofits preserve their assets and generate income. She’s well suited to the task, after formerly…

How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse, a Principal and Wealth Management Advisor at JKS Financial, was always good with numbers; and has had a steady career trajectory in the financial services industry since 1998, when he interned…

Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma was a “freshly-minted marketing professional” with PPG when he made his first donation to United Way during the 2009 workplace campaign. Now managing a variety of commercial and technical…

Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper met as undergraduate students at Georgetown University, where they were both on the track team. She was from Erie, PA. He was from the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. It…

Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher, a partner at Blank Rome, LLP since January 2015, concentrates her practice in the area of complex commercial litigation. Her work has taken her all over the country and has been nationally…

Women can Inspire a Revolution

In her current position at PNC Chelsey Sylvester identifies ways to enhance the shared experiences of PNC’s employees and customers. This role seems like a natural fit for Chelsey, whose knack for engagement…

Todd Rosenfeld and Delilah Picart

Give More, Get More

“By being a Tocqueville member, a person receives considerably more than they give.”

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Growing up in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Ray Buehler has lived a busy yet fulfilling life, recently becoming the 2014 United Way Campaign Chair.

Curt and Kim Fleming

Energized by Impact

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Kim Fleming took a small jump to Illinois to attend Northwestern University for physical therapy.

Lou and Kathy Testoni

Superwoman of Pittsburgh

After meeting her army husband in Washington DC and spending her young adult life moving around the United States and raising two children, Kathy Testoni is no stranger to hard work or dedication.

Dodi Walker Gross

Taking Care of Her Own

Working as a lawyer and a partner at Reed Smith, Pittsburgh native Dodi Walker Gross is no stranger to helping the community.

Dan Onorato

Pay it Forward

One Man’s Experiences Lead Him to Encourage Community to Give Back

A Philanthropic Love Story

Newlyweds Ed and Amy Haller have rapidly earned a reputation for their commitment to the United Way since arriving in Pittsburgh.

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