Change = Opportunity

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Harnessing Change For Transformation

Kathleen Hickey Banks, MA, CFRE helps nonprofits, professional firms, and businesses thrive during periods of transition. She offers creative and steady leadership – managing staff, key projects, and financial challenges – while maintaining focus on key priorities.

Kathleen has raised millions and improved donor communications for several top New York institutions over the course of more than two decades in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as founder and president of Advancement Communications, Inc., a boutique marketing agency.

Registered as NYS fundraising counsel, Kathleen also is trained to serve as an interim executive director. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from New York University/Stern School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College. Connect on LinkedIn.

What You Can Expect From Me

Are You Ready?

I love to roll up my sleeves and work side-by-side (remotely these days) with enthusiastic and engaged leaders and teams. Together, we'll create strategies, plans, timelines, goals, and objectives, resulting in clear tasks, assignments, deadlines, and agreements. I'm with you every step of the way!

I sync best with transparent, responsive team leaders and dedicated, coachable staff members who are willing to work together and be accountable to one another. I am especially energized by people who care deeply about their mission. Let's work together to make a difference in the world!

Are we a good fit for one another? Drop me a note and let’s find out. I look forward to speaking with you soon.


Interim Executive Leadership

Business Development

Fundraising Strategy 

Development Audits



Database Projects

Traditional & Digital Marketing 


Annual Reports

Email Marketing

Social Media

Executive Coaching 

Staff Mentoring 

Trainings & Certifications

Interim Executive Director Training
Support Center For Nonprofit Management

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Training
Good Work Institute


Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Leadership Foundations
Cornwall Leadership Institute

Donation & Landing Page Optimization

Registered NYS Fund Raising Counsel

Two Decades of Experience

Selected Clients & Employers

Walkway Over the Hudson
Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, Clarkson University
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley
Columbia University Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology
McCabe & Mack LLP
Association of Graduates, US Military Academy
The Nature Conservancy
The Juilliard School
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