As the chair of the Engagement and Retention Committee for the Tocqueville Society – a giving society open to individuals who contribute $10,000 or more annually to United Way of Greater Atlanta – I am charged with overseeing creative and strategic efforts to enhance and increase members’ experience with our local Tocqueville membership. What does it mean to improve a philanthropic experience? Tocqueville members contribute for a variety of reasons, however, I’ve found that the common thread among all Tocqueville members is family. Consider that we deal with personal and community struggles as a family, leaning on each other for support. Seeing our significant other, children and friends getting involved in the community is therefore a very rewarding experience.

United Way also puts a great deal of emphasis on the importance of family—our collective impact. They work in close partnership with hundreds of nonprofits, foundations, businesses and government partners, with the support of tens of thousands of donors and volunteers. It’s through this collaboration that United Way and its partners have developed a set of measures that the community can use to assess how its children, the families that support them and the community that surrounds them, are doing. This enables United Way to track progress and determine what levers are the most effective in ensuring “all the children are well.” If you’re interested to see your community’s Child Well-Being Index score, click here.

I encourage each you to think about the concept of collective engagement and how your whole family can work towards improving our communities, partnering with United Way, and helping to increase child well-being across the 13 counties we serve.

Tocqueville members – I have three things to ask of you:

  • Invite your spouse or partner to attend the Tocqueville June First Tuesday Luncheon on June 6, 2017, featuring keynote speaker Wendy Stewart,Atlanta Market President; Co-Head Southeast Region Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America. These luncheons are an excellent way to connect with other members on areas of philanthropic passion. Click here to register.
  • Join in the effort to Silence the Growl in children’s tummies throughout Greater Atlanta. School is almost out, so Silence the Growl is back and more than 350,000 children that aren’t part of a summer lunch program need Tocqueville Society’s help. United Way of Greater Atlanta’s goal this year is to put more than 60,000 meals in the tummies of hungry children. Put a meal in a child’s hand by donating here today.
  • Remember to guide those interested in learning more about being a member of United Way’s Tocqueville Society.

Chris Peck
Vice President Human Resources, UPS
Chair of Engagement and Retention Committee for the Tocqueville Society