Kat Banakis

Senior Vice President, Analytics

Each data point is a person and a story. My job is to glean from the back end what we can to match up a prospect’s story with an institution’s mission and history.


Kat Banakis, Senior Vice President, Analytics, assists clients in using analytics in campaign, staffing, and prospect projections as well as in related staff performance metrics. Kat supports clients across industries to maximize prospect management and research, align staff metrics to overall development goals, gain insight into donor preferences and behavior, create effective prospect pipelines, and improve donor outreach and engagement efforts. She recently designed and implemented portfolio review processes, projections, metrics, and dashboards at Cornell University, the American Heart Association, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.

Prior to her current role, Kat led the DonorScape® training and engagement team and served on the metrics task force of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning to establish best practice metrics in planned giving.  She writes and speaks frequently on the relationship between prospect information and development planning.

Kat previously worked in both finance and development with a Silicon Valley–based nonprofit organization and as a federal lobbyist. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies degree, both from Yale University.

  • American Heart Association
  • Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Barack Obama Foundation
  • Brandeis University
  • The University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Los Angeles Health Sciences
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Charlotte Country Day School
  • Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs
  • The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Dartmouth College
  • University of Delaware
  • DePaul University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • University of Florida Foundation
  • George Mason University
  • Hoag Hospital Foundation
  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Holderness School
  • Hospital of Chicago Foundation
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • University of Illinois Foundation
  • Iowa Public Television Foundation
  • The Jackson Laboratory
  • Kenyon College
  • King’s College London
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation of America
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Miami University
  • Midwest Palliative & Hospice Care Center
  • Miller Theater at Columbia University
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • The University of North Carolina
  • University of Notre Dame
  • The Ohio State University
  • Oregon State University Foundation
  • Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Philadelphia Orchestra
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical and Health Sciences Foundation
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • State Theatre of New Jersey
  • State University of New York College of Technology at Delhi
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Temple Health
  • Texas Children's Hospital
  • The University of Toledo Foundation
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • University of Washington
  • Weill Cornell Medicine
  • Winston Churchill Foundation of the USA
Areas of Expertise
  • Coaching for Prospect Management and Research
  • Communication
  • Data Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Empowering Prospect Research and Management Insight into Institution Strategy

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