LEAD THE WAY

Tocqueville Society

Leadership at the highest level.

United Way’s Tocqueville Society is made up of our region’s leading philanthropists who are working together in Pittsburgh and Southwestern Pennsylvania to make a meaningful impact in our community and effect positive change for people in need. Tocqueville members set the standard for giving and humanitarian service in our community by donating $10,000 or more annually. Find out what we can achieve together.

TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY 2020-21 CO-CHAIRS

Deborah L. Rice-Johnson

Deborah L. Rice-Johnson

William J. Blose

William J. Blose

We are grateful to our leadership donors for their support of United Way’s good work in the community.
Click here to see the leadership log.

TOCQUEVILLE SPOTLIGHT

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.”

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.”

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…

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.”

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…

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.

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.”

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.”

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…

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.”

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…

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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Step Up to Tocqueville and Make An Impact.

United Way offers a special giving option to allow community leaders to “step up” to Tocqueville level giving over a period of five years.  Make a commitment now to incrementally increase your annual United Way gift, building to a full $10,000 annual gift, and you will be recognized as a Tocqueville Society member from year one, with full access to all Tocqueville Member benefits.

One Convenient Step-Up Plan

  • Five Year Plan
  • Year One – $5,000
  • Year Two – $6,000
  • Year Three – $7,500
  • Year Four – $9,000
  • Year Five – $10,000

Together

Tocqueville Society Members

raised nearly $10 million

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