Advancement Communications, Inc.

About Us

Our Team

More than 20 years experience with top nonprofits & businesses.
Easy access to NYC, New Jersey, Connecticut, and the Albany/Saratoga Capital Region.
Conveniently based in New York State’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Kathleen Hickey

Kathleen Hickey founded Advancement Communications, Inc. to help nonprofits, business owners, and entrepreneurs solve revenue challenges and optimize communications. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and creative marcomm strategist, Kathleen and her team offer the fundraising consulting, marketing strategy, design and digital services that organizations need to connect with their public and grow their revenue.

Kathleen has helped top institutions, including Columbia University Medical Center, the Association of Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy, The Nature Conservancy, and The Juilliard School, among others, to raise millions of dollars and/or improve donor communications. She holds a master’s degree in nonprofit arts administration from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in music from Ithaca College.

Kathleen oversees every client project, and leads a team of talented professionals, each with impressive resumes and expertise in email marketing automation, graphic design, web development, copy writing, media relations, social media, video production, and more.

My personal mission is to orchestrate creativity and excellence with people and organizations who are ready to advance to the next level.

President & Founder, Advancement Communications, Inc.

Hi, I'm Kathleen.

After 20 years as a nonprofit development executive, communications leader, and consultant, I thought I had experienced it all. Large-budget organizations with distributed teams, well-honed processes, and massive donor lists. Small, mighty, and lean organizations with a steady base of support and a few significant donors. And everything in-between. 

Then the pandemic hit. Almost overnight, nearly every nonprofit and business has had to adapt to operating and serving in a new and constantly changing environment.

Maybe you’re grappling with tough questions like:

  • How can I generate revenue if my primary means of service delivery has evaporated?
  • How do I sell something that has previously required in-person contact? 
  • How do I raise money when nonprofit events are no longer possible? 
  • How do I talk to my donors when my nonprofit’s mission isn’t “essential” – or even when it is?
  • How do I ask for money when so many people have lost their jobs? 

These are hard questions. There are no easy answers, and every situation is unique. And yet, we persevere with hope, because for every organization and business that has a compelling mission, product or service, there are still donors who want to give and customers who want to buy – and are capable of doing so. 

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader who is working to raise funds, a professional firm or small business that wants to stand out from the crowd, or an entrepreneur launching a new online course or product, you need a plan and a roadmap. That’s where we come in!  

First, we listen carefully and ask good questions to understand your desires, challenges, and needs. Next, we work with you to develop a set of goals and a plan of action. Then, we recommend services and tools to help you connect with your public in personal, meaningful, and sustainable ways, always with an eye toward improving revenue. 

Our primary goal is to help you move through your challenges and come out stronger and more resilient on the other side. We take pride in our work and our personal missions to serve. 

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

David Sakla

David Sakla

Creative Director & Graphic Design

Mateo Julia Wise

Mateo Julia Wise

Video Editing & Motion Graphics

Henry

Henry

Faithful Companion & Office Buddy

What People Say

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Elizabeth Waldstein Executive Director
Walkway Over the Hudson

Highly recommend working with Kathleen and her team! Over 3 1/2 years, she helped us strategically segment and grow our annual fund and major donor programs by leaps and bounds. She also improved our communications, publications and social media, and project-managed a website overhaul and grant-funded awareness project to completion. An organized and thorough systems-thinker, Kathleen’s creative solutions and "get-it-done right" work ethic solved the Walkway’s need for expert support that bridged staffing transitions.

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March Gallagher, Esq. Ulster County Comptroller
Former President & CEO, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley

The Advancement Communications team managed rebranding of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley’s communications and PR at the beginning of my tenure, adding new energy to our visual brand while improving our public visibility. Kathleen has a talent for uncovering donors’ philanthropic motivations, and she is able to translate that into compelling visual storytelling. Her nuanced understanding of the big picture, combined with an ability to outline a path forward and bring vision to reality, will be of great benefit to any nonprofit or small business.

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Dr. Anthony Burgess Founder, Cornwall Leadership Institute

I am a better person because of Kathleen. Her personal example when it comes to learning and excellence inspires me — and my work is better as a direct result of her coaching and recommendations. If you get the chance to work with her, jump on the opportunity.

I have had the pleasure of working with Kathleen Hickey for over 15 years in different capacities. Kathleen is dependable, efficient and very detail-oriented. She has a warm, cheerful attitude and exceptional abilities. In additional to her creative talents, she is very knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of development, campaigns and fundraising.

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Shawn Phillips Former Administrator
Department of Ophthalmology
Columbia University Medical Center

It is my pleasure to recommend Kathleen. She wrote the Harkness Eye Institute's newsletter "The Viewpoint" for several years as well as a book about our scientific advances. She is an excellent writer, with a intuitive understanding of what will interest and entice potential donors. She has excellent interpersonal skills and is able to work with, and bring out the best from difficult personalities. One of Kathleen's strengths is her outstanding ability to get up to speed quickly with sufficient depth, on new scientific/medical topics, and then to translate and communicate that content for a variety of audiences.

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Ellen L. Baker Of Counsel, McCabe & Mack LLP
Chair, Dutchess Community College Foundation

Being very impressed with the work Kathleen did for the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, I recommended to my law firm that we retain her services to update our website and assist us in developing a marketing plan. We have been very pleased with the work she has done for us. The first thing she did was to really get to know us so that the materials she produced would accurately reflect who we are. We have been very pleased with the result. Kathleen is easy to work with because I believe she is genuinely interested in learning about the businesses she works with and the people who work there.

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Brian Ruder Former Chair, Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries, Clarkson University
NYU Stern School Executive-in-Residence

Kathleen has continued to demonstrate that she is adept and creative in packaging important story lines to heighten media interest in the Beacon Institute. She is also very accessible and responsive to the media and serves as our lead contact in a very effective fashion.

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