The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation welcomes a new Planned Giving Director

February 08, 2017
Story and photo submitted by Ruth Brand
Executive Assistant, Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation

Indeed, our lives are guided by faith, not by sight.
Corinthians 5:7

The Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation announces the retirement of Dale Levy, Planned Giving Director, and his replacement, Sheri Altland.

“Sometimes the staffing of an organization can be an example of God’s faithful provision for his people.” notes Kristi Kinnison, Executive Director. This has been the theme for staffing at the Foundation.

In October of 2011, the Rocky Mountain United Methodist Foundation decided to make a new investment in a Planned Giving Director. Days later, before any announcements, someone handed Dale Levy’s resume to the Executive Director with a simple instruction, “You NEED to hire this guy.”  He was right. Dale’s experience perfectly matched the needs.

Fast forward to November 2016, Dale Levy announced his retirement for the end of 2016. Days later, Sheri Altland walked into the Foundation office for a social visit, explaining that she was looking for a new challenge.

Kristi Kinnison, Executive Director, reflects, “It isn’t just a coincidence that Sheri walked in our office that day. I could not have imagined a more qualified candidate to help us continue Dale’s work.” 

Dale Levy’s job, and personal mission, had been to make sure that every church member had a will. Dale was heard saying often, “How can you leave a gift to your church if you don’t have a will?” He created the Will Power Program that was attended by more than 1,200 people in just four years. Through the promotion phase of the program, it is estimated that 15,000 United Methodists received an invitation to leave a bequest to their churches. “You can’t get any new gifts if you don’t ask for them,” was Dale’s steady advice to church leaders.

In retirement, Dale will spend more time with his family, travel, and Chair the Legacy Fund at his church.

Now Sheri Altland begins a new chapter for Planned Giving at the Foundation. She brings a career filled with fundraising leadership, most recently from the “Imagine No Malaria” initiative where she was a key strategist for raising $75 million to end Malaria.

Sheri brings more than 30 years of fundraising and business experience to the Foundation. She is well known in her field and among United Methodist leaders. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling and a BA in Sociology from the University of Montevallo, Alabama; she also pursued a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration and Business Management at the University of North Texas. Sheri lives in Denver with her husband, John Altland. They are members of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Sheri is immediately available to help create and develop permanent funding sources for God’s churches. United Methodist church leaders are invited to call her to discuss unique church needs or planned giving opportunities.