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Planned Giving

Our Legacy Societies

Tocqueville Society

Donors who contribute $10,000 or more a year.

Only 26 years old when he came to the United States and Canada in 1831, Alexis Charles-Henri de Tocqueville traveled extensively, recording his observations of life in the young nations.

Though he only spent nine months in North America, he gleaned many profound insights about American society. His observations, readings and discussions with eminent Americans formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840.

Tocqueville recognized, applauded and immortalized North American voluntary action on behalf of the common good. He wrote: "I must say that I have seen Americans make a great deal of real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend a faithful support to one another," eloquently capturing the essence of personal philanthropy that persists almost three centuries later.

The observations on philanthropy made by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1831 are true today; North Americans understand that advancing the common good means creating opportunities for a better life for all. The name Tocqueville Society was chosen because of Alexis de Tocqueville's admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and effort toward its advancement.

Pillars Society

Donors contributing $500 and above per year.

Universally respected- reliable-decent and hardworking that is more of a giver than taker; often engaging in voluntary work and taking up worthy causes who neighbors and the community have high regards and esteem for — Pillar donors are the backbone of our community and our foundational givers.

By having strong philanthropic leaders alongside the United Way of NW OK, we work together to build a stronger community enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

Members of The Pillar Society lead by example and help address the solutions needed, while the United Way of NW OK serves as a guide connecting passions to purpose.

Our vision continues to CREATE a philanthropic community where giving back comes naturally, CONNECT leadership and resources to protect and propel our community, and CAPITALIZE on funding causes and our nonprofit partner agencies that are important to our community.