Three PPG Place
Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 644-0244

Board of Directors

H. Daniel Cessna

Linda Fisher
Vice President

Priscilla McCrady

Roy G. Dorrance III
Gretchen B. Gockley
Harold S. Hannah
William J. Hoffman
Theresa A. Malmstrom
Boyd S. Murray
W. Keith Smith
George T. Snyder
Edward Wood

G. Dixon Shrum
Chairman Emeritus

Shadyside Presbyterian Church Liaison

Rev. Conrad C. Sharps
Senior Pastor


Laurel S. Randi
Executive Director

Kate A. Sphar
Senior Program Officer

Stephanie K. McCarthy
Program Associate

Valerie L. Fahrny
Grants Manager

Rachel E. Benson
Office Administrator

President's Statement for Fiscal Year 2017

During the last Fiscal Year, ending December 31, 2017, the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation made 22 grants totaling $460,750, with a median value of $25,000. This represents a slight increase in the total value of grants awarded this year compared to 2016. These numbers are fairly typical of Foundation activity over the past decade.

Board leadership guides Foundation giving that supports Christian Education, Community Improvement, Relief of Distress, and Religious and Church Work. In 2017, the Board approved eight grants totaling $170,000 for Community Improvement, nine totaling $175,750 for Relief of Distress, and five totaling $115,000 for Religious and Church work. The Director's granting philosophy allows wide discretion in consideration of both large and small grants, but there is a preference for a more uniform distribution of grants and funds among the areas than was achieved in 2017. Ongoing community needs drove the higher allocations to Community Improvement and Relief of Distress in 2017.

Over the past year the Board has continued to examine the Foundation's various roles in supporting complementary activities of Shadyside Presbyterian Church's community outreach and mission activities. The Foundation is alert to how each organization's work reinforces and supports the other, while each maintains focus according to individual strengths and productive relationships. The Board will continue to place a high premium on the Foundation's ongoing and evolving role as an effective investor in the local non-profit community. Key elements in achieving successful outcomes include continued robust Board-staff interaction, timely communications between supported organizations and Foundation staff and rigorous reporting requirements.

The Foundation, by its action in awarding grants, honors the memory of Mrs. Hunt, her mother and her grandparents, for whom she named the Foundation.

H. Daniel Cessna
President (June 2017-Present)
January 25, 2018