Make Your Moment. Help us Fight Poverty.

The need in our community is
huge and growing.

The surest way to address the need and effect change is through donations. That’s how you can show your support for the work you feel passionate about. We invite you to give to our Community Impact Fund, the most powerful way to improve lives and strengthen our community, or to designate funds for a specific cause. However you choose to contribute, you can be sure that your hard-earned dollars will impact the greatest needs in our community, because they’re collected with other gifts and directed to programs doing the most to make a difference. (We know because we evaluate the impact of our funded programs every year).


Leaders United

Leading the way for a more equitable community

Leaders United emerged from United Way of Central Ohio’s historic affinity groups. Prior to the creation of Leaders United, individuals could join different leadership giving groups based on identities including gender, race, age or LGBTQ+ identity.

Leaders United creates a more inclusive and diverse community by allowing our donors who might identify as more than one of the aforementioned categories to meet together in one place in support of community. The transformation into Leaders United enhances and enriches events, discussions and connectivity with individuals passionate about the community and United Way’s mission. The group engages a wide range of leaders and encourages intentional collaborations to address common goals.

As a member of Leaders United, donors can contribute to creating positive change in central Ohio, while participating in networking, education and special projects aligned with diversity, equity and inclusivity. Leaders United supports initiatives and events that promote impact, connection and philanthropy.

Membership is open to individuals or households who contribute to United Way’s Community Response Fund or impact areas. Registration is automatic for eligible individuals who give through a workplace campaign or make individual gifts.

Join this group of passionate change leaders to create an impact in our community. Leaders United is the primary group of leaders and ambassadors of United Way, working to identify and support critical initiatives.

This powerful network of leaders represents a wide variety of age groups, backgrounds, workplaces and interests, who are all committed to making central Ohio an even better place to live, work and play. Members invest their time and treasure to help create a more equitable community.

Benefits of Leaders United Membership:

• Access valuable opportunities for professional and personal growth
• Experience inclusive networking events with professionals who are dedicated to their community
• Engage in impactful volunteer events that make a difference
• Work alongside influential community and civic leaders to create positive change

Leaders United can help you make a positive impact on our community by supporting a platform for educating and developing the next generation of leadership volunteers and advocates for change. You’ll receive regular Leaders United emails with information on opportunities to lead and participate in diverse, equitable and inclusive networking,  community education events and special projects designed with Leaders United members in mind.

Join us. Together we can make a difference.

For more information, questions or to get involved with Leaders United, contact Robert Fournier at 614.227.2763 or

The Tocqueville Society

In 2019, nearly 300 Tocqueville members invested almost $5 million, adding to the more than $70 million given since 2006.

We are grateful to all our Tocqueville Society members for leading the change in central Ohio.

“ Giving has become much more meaningful to me over time. I believe that investing in children at an early age is extraordinarily important and pays huge dividends later in life.” —Antonio Smyth

“ We have been supporting the work of United Way for so many years because we know that our investments and service are helping effectively fight poverty and make lives better. It’s that simple.”  —Donna and Larry James

Members of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society make annual gifts of at least $10,000 to United Way of Central Ohio each year. When you join, you’ll enjoy:

  • Building relationships with like-minded local community leaders
  • Invitations to exclusive events
  • Personalized options for directing charitable investments, including the ability to leverage gifts to maximize their impact
  • Access to volunteer and leadership opportunities
  • The knowledge that you are part of a network–making an impact and changing lives of thousands of neighbors served by United Way funded partners each year.

Join us. United, we can make a difference.

The Tocqueville Society includes six levels of investment, each with unique benefits, including national recognition and invitations to special events.
  • Alexis de Tocqueville: $10,000 to $14,999
  • L’Ordre du Coeur: $15,000 to $24,999
  • Tocqueville Vingt-Cinq: $25,000 to $49,999
  • Ordre d’Egalite: $50,000 – $99,999
  • Tocqueville Premiere: $100,000
  • Million Dollar Roundtable: $1,000,000
The Tocqueville Society Fast Track

Become a Tocqueville Society member immediately while increasing your gift over time with incremental pledges.

  • 1st year – $5,000
  • 2nd year – $7,500
  • 3rd year – $10,000

2021-2022 Campaign Chair

  • John Ammendola
    President & CEO, Grange Insurance

If you would like more information or to get involved with The Tocqueville Society – contact Julia Wyche at 614.227.2713 or

If you would like to learn more about building a legacy for United Way of Central Ohio by arranging a planned gift, click here.

Cinquefoil fellowship
Community Leaders Passionate About Creating Change

Based on 5 core values, United Way’s Cinquefoil Fellowship focuses on appreciation, recognition, education, advocacy and inclusion. Through their generous gifts, Cinquefoil members demonstrate a commitment to our community and a dedication to helping provide opportunities for all people to reach their potential.

Last year, with the support of Cinquefoil members, United Way of Central Ohio has helped:

  • Provide job training to 3,780 unemployed and underemployed central Ohioans
  • Identify and screen more than 7,000 children through Columbus Kids & Franklin County Kids Initiative
  • Link 19,317 people to healthcare providers and wellness services
  • Provide direct food, shelter and emergency assistance to more than 389,089 people

In addition to creating positive impact in our community, Cinquefoil members enjoy  networking with others who believe in opportunities for everyone.

Join us. United, we can make a difference.


Cinquefoil Fellowship membership is open to central Ohioans who invest $5,000-$9,999 each year in United Way of Central Ohio. Spouses and partners may combine their respective gifts to become Cinquefoil Fellowship members.


Cinquefoil Fellowship offers several networking events and activities throughout the year to learn more about United Way’s work in our community.

Cinquefoil has no expected attendance requirements; you may select the activities most important to you.


Cinquefoil Fellowship members receive special recognition throughout the year and have the opportunity to:

  • Interact with business and community leaders
  • Meet others who are dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone
  • Participate in advocacy opportunities that help make central Ohio a better place to live
Additional Recognition

Cinquefoil Fellowship members may also join other United Way giving groups, including:
Leaders United, to actively create impact in our community
The Society of 1885 (planned gift)

If you would like more information or to get involved with Cinquefoil Fellowship – contact Julia Wyche at 614.227.2713 or

Community builders
Improving Lives. Strengthening Our Community.

When you give an individual or household gift of $1,000 – $4,999 annually to United Way of Central Ohio, you demonstrate values shared by thousands of your neighbors and friends. For you, we’ve created Community Builders, a new program that provides special recognition for those who believe in bringing positive change to our community.

As a Community Builder, you help ensure that everyone in central Ohio reaches their potential. Community Builders support United Way’s focus on education, income, health and home because these are the building blocks for a better life:

  • A quality education that leads to a stable job
  • Sufficient income to support a family through retirement
  • Good health maintained throughout life
  • A safe and decent place to live

These blocks form the foundation of a strong community. By building together, we have the power to make a bigger difference than we ever could individually. The effect of our actions and donations is amplified, and so is the change we can make.

Community Builders affirms this collective impact. Your individual or household gift of $1,000 – $4,999 annually will change lives and strengthen our community. Not just for today, but for tomorrow, too.

To Be Recognized As A Community Builder:

  • Give an individual or household pledge of $1,000 to ­$4,999 annually.
  • Mark “Community Builders” on your pledge card or electronic pledge form

If you would like more information or to get involved with Community Builders – contact Julia Wyche at 614.227.2713 or

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