Established in 1985, the United Methodist Communities Foundation supports the missional focus of the communities. Acting as an independent entity, the Foundation helps and enhances the mission, philosophy, and ministry of United Methodist Communities. It has its own Board of Trustees who govern, establish broad policies and objectives, and oversee financial resources to support the charitable mission of United Methodist Communities.
The Foundation conducts various fundraising initiatives including annual and deferred giving, donor cultivation and relationship building programs, special events, and various community engagement opportunities. These efforts help raise financial contributions for to support the charitable mission of the United Methodist Communities.
The Foundation Leadership Team
Vice President of Philanthropy
Phone: 732-922-9800 x 2122
Susan brings more than 13 years’ experience in faith-based philanthropy. A Master of Public Arts in Philanthropic Studies from the Lily School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Indiana University complement certification as a Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). Prior to joining United Methodist Communities Foundation, Ms. Sharp served Sandy Cove Ministries as director of mission advancement. Her experience includes overseeing all phases of capital, major, annual and planned gift processes, expanding revenue and managing special events.
Gary Engelstad, giving officer, came to United Methodist Communities Foundation in June 2015. Gary brings a wealth of experience and expertise in developing strategic initiatives and understands the importance of creating value for our current, as well as, future donors. His 20 years of experience in senior housing overseeing sales, philanthropy, community resources, community television, pastoral ministries, social work, wellness and volunteer programs lend themselves to his role at the Foundation. Gary and his wife, Stephanie, have lived in Bradley Beach for the past 19 years after relocating from Washington, D.C., where he served in the White House and Treasury Department in the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations.
Donor Relations Coordinator
Phone: 732-922-9800 x2128
Rebecca Roe is the Donor Relations Coordinator for United Methodist Communities Foundation, working from the Home Office in Neptune. She graduated from Muhlenberg College with a Bachelor of Arts in History/Government in 2012. After temping in the Foundation for several months, Rebecca officially joined the United Methodist Communities team in December 2013. She formerly provided administrative support, and was promoted to her current position in August 2017. She manages donor communications, reporting and oversees the Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge for which she is bCRE certified. Rebecca can often be found writing notes on Post-Its® and reading historical fiction.
Administrative Assistant, Philanthropy
Phone: 732-922-9800 x2121
Pamela provides administrative support to the Foundation staff, supports the Foundation’s relationship with its Board of Trustees, and handles all gift processing and donor acknowledgment processes. She received her Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge Professional level – bCRE-Pro certification in 2018. Outside work, Pamela enjoys game night with her girlfriends and discovering new varietals of red wine.