Throughout his career, John Denny has played a lead role in diverse humanitarian, corporate, public affairs, and philanthropic initiatives. Here are some snapshots of just a few of them:
Social Venture Partners Pittsburgh
Founded by John in 2001, this foundation has engaged more than 250 professionals to dedicate 3,000 hours of hands-on support and more than $1 million dollars to non-profit organizations.
Tax Reform Legislation
John helped organize a civic campaign that created the Allegheny Regional Asset District, a tax base sharing program that has generated more than $160 million annually in funds for municipalities and arts organizations.
The Campaign for What Works
John led a statewide civic campaign that engages private funders, diverse social service providers, and vulnerable consumers seeking to change public policy. This group worked to change the way that human services were delivered and funded in Pennsylvania.
The Campaign for Row Office Reform
Denny helped manage a team driving the successful referendum campaign that streamlined county government and standardized county functions. This campaign eliminated seven elected positions and consolidated four departments of county government, saving taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
National Center for Defense Robotics
Working with Carnegie Mellon University, Denny helped establish Pittsburgh as the home of the NCDR, an organization that connects academic research, robotic entrepreneurs, and the Department of Defense at the forefront of the Pittsburgh robotics industry.
Save Our Summer ’04
Denny led a one-time, city-wide civic campaign that raised $1 million in eight weeks to keep Pittsburgh City pools and recreation centers open while the City struggled through a fiscal crisis.
Denny worked with funders, businesses, unions, and individuals on a civic campaign that provided essential funding for transportation and safety-net providers like food banks and shelters during the 2009 recession.
The New Pittsburgh Collaborative
John is an active member of this umbrella organization of 25 young professional groups in Pittsburgh, working to engage their members in the civic, political and leadership communities that make Pittsburgh a more vibrant place.