Benefits of Tocqueville Society

Recognition as a leader in greater Chicago’s ongoing commitment to progress

Assurance that your generous contribution has an enduring impact

Invitations to exclusive events and fundraisers

Annual Giving Levels


$10,000–$24,999 ANNUALLY

When you become a member of The Tocqueville Society, you join a group of local philanthropists dedicated to creating positive change and fueling high-impact work.

Become part of this remarkable group that understands how important strong neighborhoods are to the creation of a vibrant and economically stable region.


$25,000–$49,999 ANNUALLY

Jane Addams was a pioneering American activist who became known as the mother of social work. Addams co-founded Chicago’s Hull House, and was the second woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Addams was dedicated to issues impacting women and children.

Members of The Addams Society are committed to improving conditions for all, with an unwavering dedication to the individual as well as the community.


$50,000–$99,999 ANNUALLY

Jean Baptiste Point DuSable is regarded as the founder of Chicago and the city’s first resident. DuSable, who was of African descent, established a trading settlement which eventually prospered and became the Chicago we know today.

Members of The DuSable Society are recognized for their pioneering spirit. These trailblazers are steadfast in their commitment and dedicated to improving outcomes in the region. They understand that lasting change takes time and investment, but also yields great reward.


$100,000+ ANNUALLY

No single person has their fingerprints on Chicago more than Daniel Burnham, co-author of the 1909 Plan for Chicago (popularly known as the “Burnham Plan”). An innovator of his time, Burnham’s vision created the city that we know today.

Members of The Burnham Circle are creative visionaries, dedicated to building a strong foundation for generations to come. These cornerstone donors are the architects of strong neighborhood investment and are vital to the work of United Way.



The Million Dollar Roundtable is reserved for those who have made the highest level of personal generosity to United Way. Through an outright or cumulative gift of $1 million or more, these individuals have established themselves as Chicago’s most dedicated philanthropists.

Meet the members

Melvin D. Williams

President, Nicor Gas

“My support and involvement with United Way comes from a very personal place. I'm fairly certain I would not have been afforded many of the opportunities in my life had I not had the support of the United Way growing up and I’m proud to be affiliated with an organization that gives children the same opportunities I had.”

Marc Davenport

Partner, EY

“United Way stepped in to help my family when I was a child. That experience has, in part, led to many years of involvement with the organization, starting with volunteering at member organizations and employer campaigns and now serving in a leadership capacity on the Tocqueville and Campaign boards. Leading and giving back is part of my DNA and I can think of no better organization to make that happen than the United Way!”

Robert A. Westropp Jr.

Principal and Financial Advisor, Alliance Bernstein

“For over 30 years I have watched United Way bring together the resources of our community and help it become a better place for all of us. I’m proud to call Chicago home and committed to partnering with United Way to build a stronger region.”

Lisa N. Johnson

Chief Operating Officer, The Lamar Johnson Collaborative

“United Way’s approach goes deep within a community to work with the residents and the agencies that are already active there to provide opportunity, safe communities, and quality of life to all residents. If I only had $1 to give to make a difference in Chicago, I would give it to United Way.”

Tocqueville committee


David R. Casper

U.S. Chief Executive Officer

BMO Financial Group


Mary Jane Fortin

President, Allstate Financial Businesses

Allstate Insurance Company

David Berezin


Grant Thornton LLP

Marcus D. Davenport

Partner – Global Financial Services

Ernst & Young

Mark Erkenswick

Partner, Audit


Tony W. Hunter


TWH Incorporated

Lisa N. Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

The Lamar Johnson Collaborative

Randy Lyon

Vice Chairman

Robert W. Baird & Co.

Charles Matthews

President & Chief Executive Officer

Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas

Richard Moore

President – Illinois District


Debbie Rechter

Retired - Managing Director, Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities

BMO Capital Markets

Larry D. Richman

President & CEO CIBC Bank USA

SEVP & Group Head, US Region


Melvin D. Williams


Nicor Gas

Robert A. Westropp Jr.

Principal and Financial Advisor

Alliance Bernstein

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