Leadership & Awards
Leadership Giving Levels
Contributors making a gift at the leadership level, play a vital role in the work of United Way. Leadership investments make up a large percentage of United Way support. Leadership Givers set a standard that inspires others to give.
Eagle Givers (Gifts of $500-$999)
Eagle Givers is modeled after the same giving level established by the Combined Federal Campaign for federal government employees who give generously at a leadership level.
Robertson Association (Gifts of $1,000-$4,999)
Named for 19th century Nashville philanthropist Duncan Robertson, the Robertson Association was first established in 1984. Williamson County’s first Robertson Campaign was held in 1986 and has grown at a rapid rate from year to year.
Cockrill Chapter (Gifts of $5,000-$9,999)
Ann Robertson Cockrill was one of the first settlers of Nashville, along with her brother James Robertson. Middle Tennessee’s first teacher, she believed in community service and in the need to do her part toward building a brighter future for her children and her children’s children. Today, more than 200 years later, members of the Cockrill Chapter continue this belief through their generous gifts.
Donors have the option of stepping up to become a member of the Cockrill Chapter. By committing to reach the Cockrill level within three years, you will be recognized as a member in year one.
Tocqueville Society (Gifts of $10,000 or more annually)
When Alexis de Tocqueville came to America in 1831 to study what he called America’s “great experiment” in democracy, he found a spirit of volunteerism he described in his written work “Democracy in America” in this way:
“When an American asks for the cooperation of his fellow citizen, it is seldom refused; and I have often seen it afforded spontaneously and with great good will.”
The Tocqueville Society is comprised of generous leaders who exemplify what Tocqueville saw in the early days of America and who continue that tradition today. Donors have the option of stepping up to become a member of the Tocqueville Society. By committing to reach the Tocqueville level within three years, you will be recognized as a member in year one.
Corporate and Volunteer Recognition
Circle of Caring – Distinguishes outstanding company campaigns for 1) organization and growth, 2) level of corporate and employee giving, and 3) year-round commitment to United Way programs. Companies are awarded points based on achievement and increased levels in these key areas.
Top 25 Company – Top level achievement for highest dollars contributed through annual employee workforce campaign.
#1 Company – Top level achievement for highest dollars contributed through annual employee workforce campaign.
Summit Award – Company provides outstanding support through contributions, volunteerism, involvement with committees and raising awareness in the community.
Rising Star – Company demonstrates a reach for greater achievements; serves as an example to other organizations for inspiration and best practices.
Best Overall Campaign – Awarded for overall excellence at two levels: companies with less than 100 employees and those with 100+. Evaluated based on special events, targeted initiatives, unified messages and contribution to our communities.
Top New Company – Recognizes outstanding results from a company’s first ever United Way of Williamson County campaign. Two categories of small (less than 100 employees) and large (100 or greater) companies.
Most Creative – Company demonstrating innovation and ingenuity in campaign development and delivery.
Most Improved – Recognized for progress and growth in campaign programs and financial results. Awarded by division. divisions
Participation – Outstanding overall employee participation at level of 90 to 100%. Company leadership casts a vision to achieve total employee involvement.
Education Awards – Recognized for amount of funds raised and campaign participation levels for Williamson County and Franklin Special Schools
Government Challenge – Achievement and overall campaign success by City of Franklin, City of Brentwood and Williamson County.
Outstanding Youth – Actively involved in making a difference with Youth Advisory Council (YAC).
Emerging Leaders United – Engaged in community contribution through our young professional’s group, Emerging Leaders United. Members age 45 years or younger meet monthly for professional development, social networking and service to the community.
Patricia Hart Society – Actively involved in Patricia Hart Society, the UWWC women’s initiative.
Community Volunteers – Recipients recognized for extraordinary service in the community.
Becky Darby Award – Becky Darby served United Way of Williamson County for 20 years and dedicated her energies to enhance the provision of health and human services. This award honors an exemplary leader serving in the nonprofit sector of Williamson County. The recipient receives scholarship funding for professional development opportunities.
John I. Easley Award (for an agency) – Since 1990, this award honors the memory of John Easley. John was actively involved in the vision and start-up of numerous programs that still serve community members. An agency that demonstrates outstanding support of the goals and objectives of United Way is recognized.
Bill King Award – William B. King set the example through his leadership and action in building partnerships between companies and United Way of Williamson County. This award is given to an individual who exemplifies our long-time partner and friend.