Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary
Directors of Non-Profit Development in the United States can expect wages of $62K per year on average. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $10K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $39K and hits $99K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Directors of Non-Profit Development is high. Female Directors of Non-Profit Development make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$39,821 - $98,721|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $10,025|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,381|
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XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).)
|$39,351 - $99,355|
|Hourly Rate||$12.33 - $37.49|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $10,025|
|Profit Sharing||$0.00 - $10,381|
|Total Pay (||$39,351 - $99,355|
Job Description for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
In a non-profit organization, the director of development (or development director) is responsible for ensuring that the organization has necessary funding to function. This means the director of development creates and implements a fundraising plan detailing how the organization can obtain financial support; often, the plan identifies sources such as individual investors, grants, charitable events, marketing opportunities, and corporate investors. The fundraising plan also contains strategies to successfully build a large donor base and ensure effective fundraising. The director of development then reports this plan to the other senior leadership and the organization’s board of directors. At a small nonprofit organization, the director of development may be required to personally solicit donors, be responsible for the organization’s branding, and play a large role in the organization’s public relations strategies. At a large nonprofit organization, the director of development most likely oversees a development team which they would be responsible for staffing and maintaining.Read More...
To become a director of development, a bachelor’s degree is often required, usually in business or a related field. As with most senior positions, a master’s degree may not be required, but may be preferred. A director of development would also be required to have at least five years of experience in a non-profit leadership position or similar fundraising experience. Prospective directors must be familiar with operational processes in nonprofits and legalities surrounding non-profit fundraising techniques.
Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Tasks
- Develop and implement a strategic plan to raise funds for their organization in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.
- May also be responsible for the financial condition of the organization along with business development.
- Oversees fundraising: write grants, research foundations and corporations, and oversee or implement other fundraising strategies.
Common Career Paths for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
While not commonly seen, Directors of Non-Profit Development who transition into a VP of Marketing, Communications, & Development position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for VPs of Marketing, Communications, & Development is $112K per year. However, it's more common for Directors of Non-Profit Development to move into roles as Non-Profit Executive Directors or Director of Development (Fundraising)s.
Popular Employer Salaries for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
Many Directors of Non-Profit Development can be found at Habitat For Humanity, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), The Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Inc., and YMCA, firms that are at the top of the field. Although The Salvation Army heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $85K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $33K to $148K. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries at The Arthritis Foundation (+$67K), Alzheimer's Association (+$66K), and United Way (+$59K).
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) ($49K), YMCA ($51K), and Boy Scouts of America ($52K).
Popular Skills for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
Survey results imply that Directors of Non-Profit Development deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Strategic Planning, Proposal Writing, Project Management, and Grant Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 12 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Social Media Marketing, Event Planning, and Media / Public Relations. Those familiar with Event Planning also tend to know Grant Writing.
Pay by Experience Level for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
Pay by Experience for a Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization has a positive trend. An entry-level Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 843 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 939 salaries. An experienced Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 859 salaries. A Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 315 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Directors of Non-Profit Development, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 40 percent greater than the national average. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+40 percent), New York (+39 percent), Los Angeles (+36 percent), and Boston (+24 percent). Kansas City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Seattle (14 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).
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