United Way of Central New York has two leadership giving programs that recognize individuals and couples who make an annual gift of $1,000 or more to help United Way of Central New York solve some of our community’s most critical challenges.

Over 1,000 of our community’s most generous, community-minded individuals and couples are members of our Leadership Societies.  They enjoy benefits of membership with annual events, networking and volunteer opportunities.

Alexis de Tocqueville Society

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society is United Way of America’s most prestigious leadership giving program. It was founded nationally in 1984 and started locally in 1993. It exists to foster, promote and recognize the vital importance of voluntary community service and personal giving at an exceptional level. Membership includes individuals who contribute $10,000 or more annually. Members are recognized at both the local and national level and listed in Alexis de Tocqueville Society leadership directories with other prominent leaders from Central New York and across the nation.

The society’s namesake, a nineteenth-century French historian, wrote about his admiration of the American spirit of voluntary association and voluntary effort for the common good. That spirit can be seen today in the generosity of leadership contributors.

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Hamilton White Society

The Hamilton White Society is named after Hamilton White, Esq., one of Syracuse’s most esteemed businessmen and philanthropists of the 1800s. The Society was started in 1987 and consists of five giving levels: the Wieting Block, the Larned Block, the Bastable Block, the Malcolm Block, and the Townsend Block. These giving blocks are named after local nineteenth century civic leaders who contributed to the economic and cultural development of Syracuse and Onondaga County.

Members of the Society are generous individuals and couples who make an annual personal contribution of $1,000 and above to our community-wide philanthropic effort.

Giving Level


  • Wieting $1,000-$1,499
  • Bastable $2,500-$4,999
  • Larned  $1,500-$2,499
  • Malcolm $5,000-$7,499

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