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 Team
Linda M. Hill, PharmD
Vice President of Philanthropy
Linda joined the UMC team with over 15 years of philanthropy leadership experience, primarily in the healthcare sector. Her recent roles include director of development at the Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, various positions at Princeton Medical Center, and executive director of the Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation, part of the Hackensack Meridian Health system. Linda holds a Pharmacy Doctorate from the University of the Sciences in Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Rutgers University. She maintains membership in the local Association of Fundraising Professionals. In her spare time, Linda volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties. She also enjoys knitting and relaxing with a good book.
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.
Grant Funding & Communications Manager
Rebecca Roe is the Grant Funding & Communications Manager for United Methodist Communities, working with the UMC Foundation and UMC Sales & Marketing team from the Home Office in Neptune. She graduated from Muhlenberg College with a B.A. in History/Government interdisciplinary studies. After temping in the Foundation for several months, Rebecca officially joined the United Methodist Communities team in December 2013. She formerly handled administrative support, gift processing, reporting, and donor relations functions. In her current role, Rebecca manages organizational communications and appeals, solicitations, stewardship communications, and grants for the UMC Foundation. She especially enjoys learning about residents, family members, and associates’ experiences with UMC and sharing their unique and impactful stories.