Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Alexis de Tocqueville, a French nobleman, came to America to study our independent republic society. Throughout his works, de Tocqueville noted the “surprising” quality of American citizens to help each other, the spirit of altruism and benevolence.

“When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously, and with great good will.”

  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, 1835

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is a leadership giving program founded in the spirit expressed by de Tocqueville.  With gifts of $10,000 or more, de Tocqueville leaders demonstrate concern and compassion for others. Such leaders display energy, purpose, a sincere belief in the common good, and determination to build stronger families and communities through their actions. 

The David R. LaFar III Leadership Society

To recognize the late David Robertson LaFar III, whose philanthropy and leadership set a firm foundation for future growth, the United Way of Gaston County introduced a new level of leadership giving in 1995, the David R. LaFar III Leadership Society.

Mr. LaFar was a supporter of many community organizations, including United Way of Gaston County, Gaston County Family YMCA, Piedmont Council – Boy Scouts of America, First Presbyterian Church, and the Rotary Club of Gastonia.

The David R. LaFar III Leadership Society recognizes donors whose gifts range from $1,000 to $9,999. Levels of giving within this society are as follows:

  • Chairman’s Level: $5,000 – $9,999
  • President’s Level: $2,000 – $4,999
  • Executive’s Level: $1,000 – $1,999 

A program for planned gifts provides donors an opportunity to further demonstrate their commitment to our community through the Human Care Endowment. The donor who makes a planned gift is not always a person of wealth, but is interested in making a lasting contribution for the people of Gaston County.

The Human Care Endowment Fund allows donors to create a lasting statement about their vision for our community’s future, while receiv­ing full advantage of tax deductions and tax savings. Planned gifts of stock, bequests, and other alternative giving options may also be made.

Contact the United Way at 704-864-4554, for more information.