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Harnessing Change for Transformation

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

Kathleen's breadth and depth of experience includes a track record of success in nonprofit fundraising and donor communications, with emphasis on individual major gifts, corporate and foundation funding, integrated and segmented digital/traditional mass market appeals, donor events, and customized board and donor stewardship. Her work, individually and collaboratively, and her thoughtful attention to donors' philanthropic interests, has resulted in millions in meaningful gifts and grants for several top New York institutions.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and NYS-registered fundraising counsel, Kathleen is founder and president of Advancement Communications, Inc., a boutique digital marketing and fundraising agency helping nonprofits and businesses solve revenue challenges and optimize communications.

A lifelong learner, Kathleen is a student of nonviolent communication (NVC), trained as an interim executive director, and especially interested in the application of digital marketing tools to create personalized donor experiences. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit performing arts administration from New York University/Stern School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College. Connect on LinkedIn.

Mission First

I have a nonprofit heart that is motivated by mission and a problem-solving business mind. I love to roll up my sleeves and work with equally enthusiastic and engaged leaders and teams. Together, we'll create strategies, plans, timelines, goals, and objectives, resulting in clear tasks, assignments, deadlines, and agreements. 

Expert Coaching

If you are stuck in the weeds trying to generate more revenue, I can help you ask the right questions, clarify your audiences, and develop strategies. I will advise and support you in finding the best path forward for you and your organization.

Focused Support

Busy leaders know how important it is to focus time and energy on accomplishing the high priority tasks and activities that will move you toward your goal. I take pride in providing you with high quality, personalized attention. I'm with you every step of the way!

Transparent & Accountable

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!

Trainings & Certifications

Developing a Social Equity Practice

Good Work Institute

Interim Executive Director Training

Support Center For Nonprofit Management

Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

Good Work Institute

Leadership Foundations

Cornwall Leadership Institute

Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE)

Donation & Landing Page Optimization


Registered Fund Raising Counsel

 New York State

Association of Fundraising Professionals 

 Mid-Hudson Chapter 

Selected Clients & Employers

Two Decades of Experience

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