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Tocqueville Society

Find out what we can achieve together.

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.

TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY CO-CHAIRS

Tom VanKirk

Tom VanKirk

"United Way provides the maximum benefit to the people in greatest need in our community. Together as the Tocqueville Society, we are building a stronger community."

Dmitri Shiry

Dmitri Shiry

"The act of doing good and exhibiting social responsibility through United Way’s Tocqueville Society makes our region a better place for everyone."

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.

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

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Giving Back Together

Todd & Margaret Izzo

“Nowhere else can we help so many members of the community.” –Margaret Izzo

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Making the Most of Every Moment

Molly Crooks

"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.”

Lenette and Fran Solano

You Can't Help but Get Engaged

Fran and Lenette Solano

“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.”

Stephanie and Glenn Todd

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

Glenn and Stephanie Todd

“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…

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Bigger Gifts = Bigger Impact

Daniel Edelstone, M.D.

“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…

Karen and Brian Erdahl

The Bottom Line: Giving is Fun

Brian and Karen Erdahl

Brian and Karen Erdahl have shared views on community involvement, shaped by shared experiences. Both grew up in small communities in rural Minnesota, where Brian’s family farmed and Karen’s father…

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How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse

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…

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Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma

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…

Jaspers photo

Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper

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…

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Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher

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…

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As your World Opens Up, Open up the World for Others

Bob and Jane Krizner

Bob and Jane Krizner met in middle school and married young, after Bob’s freshman year at Juniata College. He was making local headlines as an athlete while double majoring in accounting and computer…

Todd Rosenfeld and Delilah Picart

Give More, Get More

Todd Rosenfeld

Todd Rosenfeld, a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual seems to have always been a strong supporter of the United Way, finding his passion through the ways that United Way embraces family values.

Sharon Hicks

Giving Back in Pittsburgh

Sharon Hicks

Growing up in New York City, it is no mystery why Sharon Hicks was able to call another large city home.

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Ray Buehler

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.

Pete and Cathy Mendes

Focusing on Community

Pete Mendes

Originally from Chicago, Pete Mendes moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in 2006.

Curt and Kim Fleming

Energized by Impact

Kim Fleming

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

Kathy Testoni

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.

John and Carolyn George

Not your Father's United Way

John George

He has seen major changes in his industry since he embarked on a career in hospital administration in the early ‘70s.

Dodi Walker Gross

Taking Care of Her Own

Dodi Walker Gross

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

Dan Onorato

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

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A Philanthropic Love Story

Ed and Amy Haller

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

izzoforweb

Giving Back Together

Todd & Margaret Izzo

“Nowhere else can we help so many members of the community.” –Margaret Izzo

Crooks_Molly for web

Making the Most of Every Moment

Molly Crooks

"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.”

Lenette and Fran Solano

You Can't Help but Get Engaged

Fran and Lenette Solano

“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.”

Stephanie and Glenn Todd

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

Glenn and Stephanie Todd

“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…

Dodi_Dan_Edelstone

Bigger Gifts = Bigger Impact

Daniel Edelstone, M.D.

“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…

Karen and Brian Erdahl

The Bottom Line: Giving is Fun

Brian and Karen Erdahl

Brian and Karen Erdahl have shared views on community involvement, shaped by shared experiences. Both grew up in small communities in rural Minnesota, where Brian’s family farmed and Karen’s father…

geoffkasse

How to Make a Difference Worth Remembering

Geoff Kasse

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…

bws headshot

Stepping Up: Opening the Door to Philanthropy

Brendan Surma

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…

Jaspers photo

Change Starts with Those Who Can Give Back

Mike and Steffanie Jasper

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…

ButcherJ

Giving Back: A Good Habit That Should Start Early

Jayme Butcher

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…

portrait_janebobkrizner_280x280

As your World Opens Up, Open up the World for Others

Bob and Jane Krizner

Bob and Jane Krizner met in middle school and married young, after Bob’s freshman year at Juniata College. He was making local headlines as an athlete while double majoring in accounting and computer…

Todd Rosenfeld and Delilah Picart

Give More, Get More

Todd Rosenfeld

Todd Rosenfeld, a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual seems to have always been a strong supporter of the United Way, finding his passion through the ways that United Way embraces family values.

Sharon Hicks

Giving Back in Pittsburgh

Sharon Hicks

Growing up in New York City, it is no mystery why Sharon Hicks was able to call another large city home.

Kathy and Ray Buehler

A Passion for Giving

Ray Buehler

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.

Pete and Cathy Mendes

Focusing on Community

Pete Mendes

Originally from Chicago, Pete Mendes moved to Pittsburgh with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in 2006.

Curt and Kim Fleming

Energized by Impact

Kim Fleming

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

Kathy Testoni

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.

John and Carolyn George

Not your Father's United Way

John George

He has seen major changes in his industry since he embarked on a career in hospital administration in the early ‘70s.

Dodi Walker Gross

Taking Care of Her Own

Dodi Walker Gross

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

Dan Onorato

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

portrait_edhaller_280x280

A Philanthropic Love Story

Ed and Amy Haller

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

Learn more about the Tocqueville Society and how to get involved
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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 leadership level giving over a period of three to 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.

Two Convenient Step-Up Plans

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

Tocqueville Society Members

raised nearly $10 million

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