Webster's Dictionary describes Vanguard as "the forefront of an action or movement." Members of The Vanguard Leadership Giving Program are at the forefront of United Way of Greater Lafayette. Vanguards are donors who contribute $1,000 or more to United Way each year. There are six levels of Vanguard Leadership Giving:
- Pearl Level: $1,000 to $1,499
- Topaz: $1,500 - $1,999
- Sapphire: $2,000 - $3,499
- Ruby: $3,500 to $4,999
- Emerald: $5,000 to $9,999
- Alexis de Tocqueville Society: $10,000 and up
The Vanguard Leadership Giving Program began with a grant from Great Lakes Chemical Corporation, now Great Lakes Solutions a Chemtura Company, in 1987. Three prominent community leaders worked together to start this program. The first Vanguard Chairman was Jim Risk of Kirby Risk Corporation. With a little help from his friends, Mr. Risk began to cultivate The Vanguard, and he recruited 116 charter members. Together, this first group of Vanguard Donors contributed $163,400. The Vanguard program has grown over the years, and today, it raises more than $1.6 million with 940 members.
If you are interested in making a Vanguard gift or have questions about The Vanguard, please call Stephanie Patacsil, Director of Resource Development, at (765) 742-9077 ext. 230.
Pictured (L-R): Becky Hershey, Director, Purdue United Way; Professor David Snow;
Erika Steuterman, Board Presidednt, United Way of Greater Lafayette
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE SOCIETY
Alexis Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville was only 26 years old when he came to America in 1831, and he traveled all over our young nation. de Tocqueville spend just nine months in the United States, but he gleaned an insightful view of American Society. His observations, readings, and discussions with distinguished Americans formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics, published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840.
Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans helped each other in times of need. He recognized, applauded and immortalized the voluntary spirit that lives in America’s heart. He wrote: “I must say that I have seen Americans make a great and real sacrifices to the public welfare; and have noticed a hundred instances in which they hardly ever failed to lend faithful support to one another.”
The Alexis de Tocqueville Society, named because of Tocqueville’s admiration for the spirit of voluntary association and voluntary effort for the common good, is a national, philanthropic society honoring individuals throughout the United States making gifts of $10,000 and above annually to their local United Way organizations.
In 2003, United Way of Greater Lafayette announced the formation of Alexis de Toqueville Society. We salute our Alexis de Tocqueville donors who give so generously, lead by example and help to ensure the future of our community.
If you are interested in making an Alexis Charles-Henri Clerel de Tocqueville gift or have questions about de Tocqueville, please call Stephanie Patacsil, Director of Resource Development, at (765) 742-9077 ext. 230.
United Way of Greater Lafayette also recognizes donors of planned gifts. To learn more about making a deferred gift, contact our CEO, Michael Budd (765) 742-9077 ext. 223.