Leadership Giving

Leadership Giving offers a unique opportunity for community leaders in the greater Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Washington County area to rise above ordinary levels of giving to meet the difficult challenges facing our community. This association is comprised of those who have the courage and independence to place themselves in the vanguard of caring. It is composed of dreamers - dreamers who believe that, "impossible," simply describes something that hasn't been done.

This club represents those who refuse to accept any situation that is less than the best - who refuse to accept that persons in our community have no place to call home, that hundreds of our citizens of all ages are battling mental and physical abuse, and that numerous Johnson City, Jonesborough, and Washington County residents live at or below the poverty level. This is an association for those who dare to challenge the status quo.

The Alexis de Tocqueville Society

Alex de Tocqueville was a young aristocratic Frenchman who came to the United States in 1831 to study the American penal system. As a result of his travels and interviews with leading politicians, lawyers, bankers, and settlers, he wrote the two-volume Democracy in America, published in 1835 and 1840.

Perhaps his most important observation was that Americans helped each other in times of need. He saw volunteerism as a way of life that was typically American. He wrote, "When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizens, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously and with great good will."

United Way of America chose the name Alexis de Tocqueville when forming this special group of donors who contribute $10,000 or more to the annual campaign because of de Tocqueville's admiration of the spirit of voluntary association he discovered in America.

Leadership Giving Commitment Card for Leadership Giving