Growth spurs expanded staff at Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s biggest challenge is funding all the needs it sees, its new chief financial officer said.
“There are hungry people out there. The recession certainly made it worse,” said Donald Lutovsky, 64, named chief financial officer of the Duquesne-based food bank in mid-October.
Lutovsky will head human resources, information technology and finance functions, which is new for the CFO position, said Rocco D’Angelo, president of the food bank’s board.
The food bank’s growth warranted the addition of another financial leader. Sharon Harm had been chief financial officer and controller, and she remains the controller.
Founded in 1980, the food bank served 29,838 new households in 11 counties in fiscal year 2013, according to its 2013 annual report. It distributed about 27 million pounds of food, which exceeded the year’s goal by a little more than 1 million pounds, the report said.
Lutovsky was chief financial officer and vice president of administration for Conco Systems Inc., an industrial services and manufacturing company in Verona. A Pine resident, he has a bachelor of science degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
The nonprofit food bank had deficits of $329,114 in 2009, $1.4 million in 2010, $371,340 in 2011 and $669,910 in 2012, according to its IRS tax filings.
CEO Lisa A. Scales attributes that to the recession, which officially ended in 2009, but she said fallout from it continues. “That impacted us, in terms of the community support we receive, the donations from the community, but also the need increased,” she said.
The food bank did not have a deficit in the past year because of fundraising that targeted corporations, foundations and individuals, Scales said. It cut its cash revenue budget from $15.1 million in fiscal 2012-13 to $13.95 million the following year, she said.
Ken McCrory, a certified public accountant with Downtown-based McCrory LLC, said a nonprofit can lose money for a few years as long as it fulfills its mission. The food bank had almost $5.8 million in liquid assets as of June 2013, so any financial trouble would be a long way off, he said.
Lutovsky plans to look at how to improve efficiency. In information technology, that could include integrating systems to enable better budget forecasting and data use.
The environment of a food bank is complex, Lutovsky said, because bad decisions can mean people go hungry.
Tory N. Parrish is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5662 or [email protected].