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Dear Community Partners,


I want to thank you for the ways you care for our communities. Your work inspires me, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead an organization that has always been near to my heart. I’d like to take just a moment to share a little bit about myself as I follow in the footsteps of former Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation President Hank Beukema.


This year, after serving as a Foundation board member for 10 years over the past two decades, I stepped into the role of Foundation President. During my time as a board member, I’ve always appreciated the important work that the nonprofits we fund are doing every day. Between the Foundation and the Churchill-Wilkins Rotary Club, I’ve tried to give back in the ways that I can. 


If you are a recent grantee or applicant, you may already be aware that the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies has been managing administration and grantmaking for the Foundation for the past several years. We worked diligently to ensure that the transition was as seamless as possible so that grantees and applicants are able to focus on their work and seek funding without running into unnecessary challenges. The Community Foundation is a strong fit for our mission here at the Pitcairn-Crabbe Foundation. We make a great team, and we’re all here to support you as you work to improve our communities. 


If our collective imprint makes the world even a little better, then we have done our job. Rotary International’s motto sums up how I feel about my aspirations as well as the effort you all put forth: “Service above self.” That goal will always be a worthwhile endeavor, and I’m glad we’re on this journey together.




Mark Allston


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