The Tocqueville Society recognizes the generosity of individuals and families contributing at the highest levels of personal giving. These caring philanthropists exemplify an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life within our community.

Since its inception in 1984, Tocqueville Society members have contributed cumulatively over $50 million to United Way of Central Iowa. Last year alone, they contributed $7.1 million. These funds are strategically invested to create measurable and lasting change in our community’s most urgent issues.

Tocqueville Society Members




Aaron - ty emailYour Investment Transforms Lives

Every gift to United Way of Central Iowa is invested to improve lives right here in our community. Your generosity is amplified through a collective impact process that unites our community around tackling our toughest challenges.

As a Tocqueville member, you can elevate that work so that more of our students graduate from high school, more local families are financially stable, and more of our neighbors lead healthy lives.

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2021 Tocqueville Society Award:
Sean Vicente

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Sean Vicente, featured with his wife Jennifer, is the 2021 Tocqueville Society Award recipient. 

Sean Vicente, managing partner of KPMG’s Des Moines office, was selected as this year’s recipient of United Way of Central Iowa’s prestigious Tocqueville Society Award. Past awardees select an individual or couple who exemplify inspirational, sustained leadership and service to the central Iowa community to receive this award, one of United Way’s highest honors.


Vicente was presented with the award at the annual Tocqueville Society Celebration, sponsored by Ryan Companies, held on October 7. In addition to this recognition, the event celebrates the more than 765 central Iowa Tocqueville Society members comprising this premier philanthropic leadership group, who annually invest $10,000 or more in the 5 Elements of a Thriving Community through United Way of Central.

“For me, being a part of United Way of Central Iowa is about giving back to impact our entire community, and I’m so proud of the work we have collectively been able to deliver through this organization,” said Vicente. “Receiving this honor as the 2021 Tocqueville Society Award recipient is a humbling experience, and I am truly grateful to family, friends, and my peers involved in this work who make it such an enjoyable and important part of my life.”

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Become a Game-Changer

Tocqueville members are the game-changers who are fostering a thriving community in central Iowa.

In addition to creating lasting impact, Tocqueville Society members can:

  • Meet and network with central Iowa’s most influential leaders and philanthropists
  • Benefit from charitable giving tax savings (a great resource to contribute appreciated assets)
  • Make a direct investment to impact the people of central Iowa with expert-driven strategies
  • Share leadership, expertise, and influence through various committees and events
  • Gain new business and career opportunities by demonstrating community leadership
  • Give to causes you care about most in a way that significantly amplifies your impact
  • Enjoy special society events including an annual celebration
  • Annual recognition of all Tocqueville Society members in the Business Record
    See the 2020 Des Moines Business Record Recognition Ad)


Join the Tocqueville Society

You are invited to join the Tocqueville Society, an exceptional group of individuals and families who give $10,000 or more to United Way of Central Iowa each year. There are many options to grow your giving and create long-lasting impact.

Download the Brochure   Tocqueville Enrollment form

Step-Up Program

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The Tocqueville Step-Up Program starts with a minimum personal contribution of $5,000 in the first year, followed by an annual gift increase to reach $10,000 by the third year. You receive full membership benefits starting in year one. Click below to download the PDF enrollment form.



Leave a Legacy

By endowing your gift for perpetuity, you will ensure United Way of Central Iowa is there to tackle our community’s challenges for the next 100 years. We work closely with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines so that you can manage your legacy securely and conveniently through the Endow Iowa Tax Credit Program.

Learn about Legacy Giving




Tocqueville Society members are often as generous with their time as they are with their donations. United Way of Central Iowa offers excellent opportunities to give back as a volunteer throughout the year. Click below to download a PDF of the volunteer calendar, and visit our Volunteer page to look for specific opportunities.

Volunteer Opportunities



Tocqueville Society Brochure

Kelly Sparks

Kelly Sparks

Director, Tocqueville Society    515-246-2510

"Tocqueville Society members are central Iowa's most generous philanthropists who share a passion for making our community a place where everyone has an opportunity to thrive."