Kate Hartnick Elliott, the president and founder of Hartnick Communications, is an innovative and strategic communications leader with a successful track record in healthcare, philanthropy, and cross-platform communications and marketing.

Before founding Hartnick Communications, Elliott was Executive Director of Development Communications and Donor Engagement at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where she:

  • Oversaw teams of digital marketing, publications, audiovisual, donor stewardship, and event communications professionals.
  • Conceived and implemented a broad vision for using multi-platform marketing and communications to build and strengthen relationships with prospective and existing donors while reinforcing the hospital's brand and supporting its $2 billion Capital Campaign.
  • Partnered with senior vice presidents, vice presidents, division and service line leads, gift officers, and other stakeholders to create fundraising proposals that helped generate over $500 million in philanthropic revenues.
  • Helped lay the groundwork for accelerating online donations and expanding the hospital's gift pipeline by elevating the content of nyp.org/giving and the functionality of the online event platform.
  • Wrote speaking points for C-suite executives and trustees.

Previously, Elliott built and led Hartnick Consulting, a boutique consulting firm that provided strategic communications and marketing services to a blue-chip group of nonprofit and public sector clients, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the New York City Department of Small Business Services, NewYork-Presbyterian, The New School, United Way of New York City, and Weill Cornell Medical College. Representative projects included:

  • Branding and outreach: Directing the first agency-wide branding and outreach initiative for the New York City Department of Small Business Services.
  • Development communications and event logistics: Planning and providing on-site management and developing event collateral for the 2004 gala celebrating the launch of NewYork-Presbyterian's Billion Dollar Capital Campaign.
  • Marketing and fundraising strategy: Developing strategic marketing and fundraising plans for United Way of New York City's Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute and for the United Jewish Communities.
  • Online communications: Providing strategic advice to the Carnegie Corporation of New York and 27 of its grantees, in addition to creating three sites for the corporation itself.
  • Public relations: Spearheaded the public relations outreach for Picture Projects' Sonic Memorial Project, which resulted in placements in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and Wired News, as well as on ABC News.

Elliott graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology from Amherst College, and with a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Management of Organizations from Columbia Business School.

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