The Hatfields Receive Tocqueville Society Award

Tocqueville Society

Founded in 1984, United Way’s Tocqueville Society is an affinity group open to leadership donors nationwide. Rhode Island’s Tocqueville Society members annually contribute more than $3.6 million to support the nonprofit’s work in the Ocean State — among them, Susie and Bill Hatfield.

On Wednesday, May 9, the couple received the Tocqueville Society Award, the group’s highest distinction, during United Way’s annual Leadership Thank You Celebration. The beautiful Roger Williams Park Botanical Center played host as 200 guests applauded the couple’s 15 years of service, dedication, and generosity as members of the Tocqueville Society.

Known for their generosity

Since moving to Rhode Island more than 37-years ago, Susie and Bill Hatfield have become known throughout the state for their community involvement and generosity.

“In my many years working in the nonprofit sector, Susie and Bill are among the most selfless people I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know,” says Anthony Maione, president, and CEO of United Way of Rhode Island. “Their commitment to making Rhode Island a better place for everyone is at the forefront of everything they do.”

Bill Hatfield

Currently, Bill is Market President for Bank of America; as the state’s senior executive he provides leadership for the company’s market integration, growth strategy, and external brand commitments.

He also serves as Managing Director and Market Executive for U.S. Trust in Rhode Island — leading teams that offer high net worth clients comprehensive and innovative wealth structuring, investment management, and credit solutions.

In addition to his professional work, Bill stays active in the community through a number of volunteer roles, including:

Susie Hatfield

After attending Milton Academy, Duke University, and studying in Italy, Susie spent several years working in the travel industry in London and New York City before returning to New England.

Since returning, Susie has dedicated her time to serving in a leadership capacity for their children’s schools, colleges, and sports teams. Also, for more than a decade she’s prided herself on giving back to her own academic institutions by:

  • Fundraising
  • Planning reunions
  • Conducting alumni interviews

In addition, her work with the Middletown Potter League has helped enrich the lives of homeless animals in the state — a cause that’s important to the entire Hatfield family.

Rhode Island’s gratitude

Susie and Bill Hatfield’s three decades of service has helped make Rhode Island a better place. Their selflessness highlights the importance of helping others; United Way, the Tocqueville Society, and the people of Rhode Island are lucky to have them as neighbors.

While giving so much of themselves has benefited the state, it’s also made clear that their partnership is truly one of a kind.

Congratulations Susie and Bill — and thank you.

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Interested in learning more about United Way’s Tocqueville Society? Please contact Judy Dumas.


By: Jason Boulay, UWRI
Contributor: Michael Cerio, Cerio Communications
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