Jenny Kelly

Executive Director, Roy A. Hunt Foundation

As Executive Director of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation since 2015, Jenny Kelly manages a grantmaking portfolio supporting youth violence prevention and community development organizations based in Pittsburgh and Boston, international development programs primarily in east Africa, and national environment initiatives. In addition to these four program areas, general grants are awarded in communities across the country where the trustees reside. The Roy A. Hunt Foundation began in Pittsburgh in 1951 and currently the Board is made up of three generations totaling 35 trustees, all family members, with an endowment of $95m.

From 2000-2015, Jenny served as program officer for the DSF Charitable Foundation, managing health, education, and human service grantmaking efforts. Its grant programs focus on southwestern Pennsylvania, with a particular interest in helping to create or sustain models of excellence that have potential to be replicated elsewhere.

She currently serves as President of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania and on the Education Advisory Board of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Jenny has previously held board leadership positions on Pittsburgh organizations including the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, The Woodlands Foundation, and The Hill House Association.

Jenny holds bachelor’s degrees in sociology and journalism from Miami University and master’s degrees in both public administration and social work from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a native of Pittsburgh. Jenny is married to Brad Kelly and has three children, Lauren, Anna, and Ben.


International Grantmaking: Trusting Relationships are Critical to Success

Posted on March 10, 2023 by Ashley Barrett, Sylvia Brown, Jenny Kelly, Kimberly Myers Hewlett

Systemic challenges, such as climate change, racial justice and gender equity, exist beyond the borders of the United States. Philanthropic families seeking to ramp up their international giving face a variety of challenges and opportunities, including identifying partner organizations and building trusting relationships with them. Join us to learn how to be an effective international funder and concrete steps to… Read More

Joint Non-family Staff and Engaging Youth Peer Network: Connecting Family Across Distance

Posted on March 18, 2020 by Jenny Kelly, Bruce Karmazin, Steve Toben

Please note: This Peer Network was originally scheduled for March 25, 2020 and has been rescheduled to June 17, 2020. If you registered for the March 25 event, you are still registered for this updated date and will be sent login information closer to the event.  For families that are spread across multiple locations, it takes effort to effectively engage… Read More