Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization Salary
Directors of Non-Profit Development in the United States take home an average $61K per year. 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. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the specific employer, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most Directors of Non-Profit Development report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. Most Directors of Non-Profit Development survey respondents are women (75 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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 Directors of Non-Profit Development do not often become VPs of Marketing, Communications, & Development, the job pays $112K per year on average. A more likely transition for Directors of Non-Profit Development is Non-Profit Executive Director or Director of Development (Fundraising).
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Known for taking on a considerable number of Directors of Non-Profit Development, Habitat For Humanity, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), The Salvation Army, YMCA, and Special Olympics, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Directors of Non-Profit Development flock to The Salvation Army for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $85K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Salvation Army also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $33K at one end to $148K at the other end. Other big spenders include The Arthritis Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, and Big Brothers Big Sisters, top-paying firms where Directors of Non-Profit Development see paychecks nearing $67K, $66K, or $58K.
Other low-paying employers include Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) at $49K and YMCA at $51K, though some Directors of Non-Profit Development there earn up to $79K.
Popular Skills for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
Directors of Non-Profit Development seem to wield many skills on the job. 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, Media / Public Relations, and Event Planning. Most people skilled in Event Planning are similarly competent in Grant Writing.
Pay by Experience Level for Director of Development, Non-Profit Organization
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Non-Profit Development — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $62K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $72K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $75K.
Pay Difference by Location
Directors of Non-Profit Development will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 40 percent. Directors of Non-Profit Development will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+36 percent), San Francisco (+35 percent), New York (+35 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Seattle and Portland (7 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).
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