Alexis De Tocqueville Society

During the fall of 1832, Alexis de Tocqueville, a young Frenchman, traveled nearly 8,000 miles across America speaking with individuals about the "great experiment" in democracy. The spirit of selflessness and cooperation among Americans amazed de Tocqueville. His written work, Democracy in America, reflects his admiration for the American spirit of voluntary action for the common good.

Founded in 1981 by Thomas F. Frist, Jr., the Tocqueville Society echoes the American spirit of cooperation and good will which de Tocqueville witnessed in early America. It personifies the true meaning of philanthropy, with members giving $10,000 or more annually to United Way of Greater Stark County. Currently, there are more than 398 local Tocqueville Societies in the U.S.


The United Way of Greater Stark County's de Tocqueville Society recognizes local philanthropic leaders and volunteer champions who have devoted time, talent and funds to create long-lasting changes by tackling our community's most serious issues. The Society offers its members a variety of networking and social events throughout the year. Members are recognized in the annual Leaders in Giving publication, along with national publications.

To learn more, contact Terri Bate, Director of Philanthropy, at 330-491-9969or by EMAIL


Alexis de Tocqueville Mentors are individuals who have been honored by an Alexis de Tocqueville member for their contributions to the community and their impact on the lives of people close to them. Those affecting change in either the personal or public realm have done so by example – their unselfish commitment to giving back is a shining beacon in our community.

To learn more about past Alexis de Tocqueville Mentors, go HERE