Ruth Bannhard, BA


Senior Consultant

Patouillet Consulting, LLC

Areas of Expertise

  • Integrated Annual Giving
  • Fundraising and Marketing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Relationship Management

Executive Biography

Ruth Bannhard has seventeen years of non-profit experience, and excels in the creation of collaborative, productive partnerships in the workplace with a shared focus on desired outcomes. Ruth developed a deep seeded dedication to customer service in the beginning of her career working in sales with the Walt Disney World Company. She successfully directed nation-wide fundraising programs for the American Cancer Society, and most recently was the Sr. Director of Annual Giving for the University of South Florida.

In her role as Regional Vice President for the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society, Ruth was accountable for high-end relationships as well as oversight of 100+ fundraising walks, events, and galas. She was recognized for not only surpassing her goals but her collaborative and partnering style of management.

In her time with USF, Ruth directed a centralized, integrated annual giving program for the university through its accomplishment of a $600 million comprehensive campaign. Under her direction, USF’s Faculty & Staff Campaign more than doubled its participation percentage, increasing from 21% to 43%.

Bannhard has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida Southern College.