United Way of Central Iowa Tocqueville Society recognizes the exceptional individuals and families who lead the way with annual contributions of $10,000 or more to United Way of Central Iowa.

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Tocqueville Society Membership Benefits

  • Recognition in the Business Record, The Des Moines Register and United Way of Central Iowa’s online Leadership Circle Registry

  • Timely e-newsletters to inform Tocqueville Society members how your contributions lead community change

  • Invitation to the annual celebration event as well as special engagement and volunteer opportunities


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A membership benefit of being a Tocqueville Society member is having a recognition ad in the Business Record.

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2019 Chair and Co-Chair

Diane Bridgewater is chairing and Emily Abbas is co-chairing the 2018 United Way Tocqueville Society campaign. Diane is the Executive Vice President/Chief Financial and Administrative Officer at LCS. Emily is SVP, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at Bankers Trust.

Over 30 Years of Giving

Since its inception in 1984, Tocqueville Society members have contributed cumulatively nearly $40 million to United Way of Central Iowa. Last year alone, Tocqueville Society members contributed $4.9 million. These funds are strategically invested to create measurable and lasting change in our community’s most urgent issues.



Your 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.

2018 Tocqueville Society Award: Nora Everett

Nora awardNora Everett has been honored with the prestigious 2018 Tocqueville Society Award. This award is United Way of Central Iowa’s highest honor, given annually to an individual or household who exemplifies inspirational and sustained leadership and service to the central Iowa community through United Way.

Tocqueville Society, United Way's premier philanthropic society, recognizes the more than 400 households who annually contribute $10,000 or more into the community in the areas of health and human services.

A committee of past Tocqueville Society awardees selected Nora Everett as the 2018 Tocqueville Society Award Winner. The award was presented at the annual Tocqueville Society celebration on October 24 at Curate in the East Village.

“Nora is passionate about her work, the people she touches, and our community,” said Tom Mahoney, chair of United Way of Central Iowa’s board of directors and chair and CEO of ITA Group. “She is a servant leader who inspires new thinking around complex issues and engages others to fight for all central Iowans to have a chance at a quality life.”

Everett, president of Retirement and Income Solutions and chairman of Principal Funds at Principal, is one of two women appointed to a divisional president role in Principal’s history and has been a model in leadership and community giving. She will become United Way of Central Iowa’s board chair next year. Everett co-chaired the organization’s 100th anniversary annual campaign in 2016, has been a Tocqueville member since 2004, and has been a champion for Tocqueville and Women United at Principal.

“Nora brings tremendous leadership to United Way of Central Iowa, with a deep understanding of the organization’s complexities and a desire to make our community stronger by working together,” said Elisabeth Buck, president of United Way of Central Iowa. “She gives her dollars, her time, and her talents generously and encourages everyone to live united.”

Watch Nora Everett's moving acceptance speech:


Tocqueville Society Award Recipients:

2018 - Nora Everett
2017 - Tom Mahoney
2016 - Lynn Graves
2015 - Cathy Lacy
2014 - Dan & Joanie Houston
2013 - Debbie Hubbell
2012- Michele I. Griswell
2011 - Cara Heiden
2010 - David & Barb Hurd

2009 - Steve Chapman
2008 - Fred & Charlotte Hubbell
2007 - Steve Lacy
2006 - Patty & Jim Cownie
2005 - Suku Radia
2004 - Roger K. Brooks
2003 - J. Barry Griswell

2002 - Sunnie Richer
2000 - John R. Grubb
1995 - Evelyn Davis
1994 - Johnny Danos
1992 - Bob Burnett
1991 - Robert E. Larson
1990 - William C. Knapp

1989 - Robert Houser
1988 - Maddie Levitt
1987 - David Kruidenier
1986 - Robb Kelley
1985 - Marvin Pomerantz

"The Tocqueville Society represents some of the most dedicated, influential members of our community. It is a pleasure to work with them to have a positive impact on the lives of central Iowans."

Sara Kurovski

Sara Kurovski
Tocqueville Society Director

skurovski@unitedwaydm.org   (515) 246-2510