Tocqueville membership surpassed its 90 new member goal and almost doubled it with 162 new members setting a record for the most new Tocqueville members since the program’s inception 27 years ago. The Women’s Leadership Council–Tocqueville Society added a remarkable 41 of the 162 new members. These accomplishments earned United Way of Central Maryland the distinction of being number one in the country for most new Tocqueville members out of more than 1,100 United Ways. The Tocqueville program now hits a record high with 527 members. Andy and T. Rowe Price were responsible for 83 new Tocqueville members, representing more than half of all the new members acquired this year. Plus, T. Rowe Price ranked first as the top Tocqueville company with 122 total Tocqueville members.
The other top five Tocqueville Society companies include prominent leaders such as Johns Hopkins Institutions, Exelon, Brown Advisory and McCormick. Collectively, close to $8 million was raised from Tocqueville membership, which represents 30 percent of the private sector campaign.
“It’s important to lead by example and be committed to improving our community, and United Way of Central Maryland and the Tocqueville Society is a logical extension of this,” said Andy. “If you consider yourself a leader and committed to the community, you ought to be a supporter of United Way of Central Maryland.”
Dana agreed on the importance of leaders investing in United Way and the community. “I am concerned about a lot of different issues: homelessness, hunger, poverty, education, abused women, etc.,” said Dana. “I choose to donate to United Way of Central Maryland because it focuses on all of these basic needs, and has experts who can prioritize these needs based on data from all over the region, and who track the efficiency and success rates of the service providers. I know that my donations are being used efficiently and appropriately to address all of the issues I care about, in a measured and thoughtful way.
Andy credits United Way’s critical work to the Tocqueville Society’s record-breaking year. The United Way Tocqueville grant and employer matching program, plus committed volunteers, were also critical for success. Andy hopes everyone understands the “power of the workplace campaign and what that can do to galvanize the community.”
“I am most proud of the way that our WLC embraces such a diversity of people and activities,” said Dana. “We’re donors, of course, but we are also volunteers, a network of professional women, intellectually engaged in learning about the issues in our community, and ambassadors for United Way’s work.”
United Way welcomed Laura Pierson-Scheinberg, Partner at Jackson-Lewis, LLP and Hugh Warns, Senior Vice President and director of research at Stifel as the new incoming chairs for the WLC and Tocqueville Society respectively on July 1. Their leadership and dedication are sure to inspire more success in the future and continue the important role the WLC and Tocqueville Society play in central Maryland.