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tocqueville Society


Alexis de Tocqueville, a historian who toured America in the 1830s, subsequently detailed his travels in Democracy in America. Among his most noble observations was a phenomenon he found unique to America:
the tradition of “neighbor helping neighbor.”

Founded by Marsha and Jack Slane, in 1990 United Way of Greater High Point made the bold decision to form a select organization of philanthropists. Thus, the Tocqueville Society was created to honor the spirit of the man who recognized one of our greatest strengths and shared that knowledge with the world.



A rich history and profound passion for the community are hallmarks of the Tocqueville Society. Members provide the bold vision and inspired generosity that invigorate United Way's mission to help people live their best possible lives.

In 2020, United Way of Greater High Point Tocqueville Society’s 75 members raised over $1,000,000, a record for the 30-year history.  This level of generosity will change lives by focusing on the building blocks for a better life:  a quality education that leads to a stable job, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health.



With an annual gift of $10,000 or more, know that you become part of an elite group of like-minded individuals driven to make a difference. As a de Tocqueville Society member, you are joining the leaders of every sector within the Greater High Point area.

We also offer a unique Tocqueville Executive Step-up Program. This Step-Up Program allows donors the option to increase their gift over a three-year period, while enjoying the benefits of Tocqueville Society membership immediately.  This three-year step-up plan is a great way to join the Tocqueville Society at your own pace.
YEAR 1: $5,000 YEAR 2: $7,500 YEAR 3: $10,000

Your willingness to invest in these outcomes at the Tocqueville Level means we can continue to find new solutions to complex problems. We thank you for your desire to play a critical role in addressing our community’s most pressing needs. With your help, change happens.

For more information on the Tocqueville Society, contact Jane or 336.899.0874

It is with great sincerity and thanks that United Way of Greater High Point recognizes the members of our Tocqueville Society. These individuals generously donate $10,000 or more each year.

2020-2021 Tocqueville Members

Elizabeth Aldridge
William & Karen Altenpohl
Owen & Shelia Bertschi
Rob & Donna Blakely
Paul Brayton
Tom & Bonnie Broadwater
Mr. & Mrs. Rick Callicutt
Dr. Dennis & Mrs. Connie Carroll
Lyl & Aaron Clinard
Earl & Kitty Congdon
David & Helen Congdon
David Couch
Dr. Paul & Mrs. Barbara Coughlin
Ned & Katherine Covington
Joe & Fran Craycroft
Pete & Pat Cross

Frosty & Catharine Culp
Rob & Susan Culp
Iv & Leslie Culp
The Honorable Aldona Wos 
   & Mr. Louis DeJoy

Steve & Diane Earley

Ray & Sallie Edwards

Tim Elliott
Bill & Candace Fenn
The Foster Foundation
Ken & Martha Fulp
Greg & Valori Gantt
Dr. Tom & Mrs. Buren Haggai
Dr. Bill & Mrs. Jane Harriss
Hayden-Harman Foundation
David Hayworth

Eric & Alyce Hill

David & Bonnie Horney

Bill* & Daphne Horney
Ken & Sally Hughes
Maurice & Laura Hull
Tim & Linda Ilderton
Butch & Susan Johnson
Thomas & Jeanette Langley
Darlene & Todd Leonard
Chuck & Jane Liebscher
Carl Mickey Jr.
David & Vicki Miller
Jim & Ann Morgan
Hugh & Meredith Morris
Mark & Rena Norcross

Mark & Courtney Penley
Dr. Lenny J. Peters
Dave & Kay Phillips
Dr. Nido & Mrs. Mariana Qubein
Emily Ragsdale

Sandy Rankin

Brian Rogers

Michael & Claire Robinson

Frank Saxon

Dr.& Mrs. Michael D. Samuel
Martin & Cathy Schlaeppi
Dean Sink
Marsha Slane*
Ken & Sandra Smith

Geoffery & Tammi Stephany
Coy and Susan Williard
Fred & Barbara Wilson
Doug Witcher

Rufus & Nan Yates

Greg & Caren York
Vann & Ann York

**3 donors wish to remain anonymous

* Deceased