Donor Relations Directors in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $60K annually for pay. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is enjoyable for Donor Relations Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,674 - $86,750
MEDIAN: $60,465

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$41,674 - $86,750  
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$40,705 - $86,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Donor Relations Director

Most of the time, donor relations directors work for nonprofit organizations. They are responsible for strategic plans related to all aspects of fundraising, donor recognition programs, events for major donor societies, and public events related to fundraising. They manage and oversee the staff of their department. They must conduct performance evaluations in a timely manner and provide timely feedback to their staff.


Donor Relations Director Tasks

  • Devise, direct, and drive activities to foster positive image with fundraising communities and the public.
  • Cultivate and grow relationships with increasing numbers and diversity of donors.
  • Collaborate with operations departments to ensure efficient and innovative use of donations.
  • Create and present annual stewardship reports to stakeholders.

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Pay by Experience Level for Donor Relations Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $61K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Donor Relations Directors see a median salary of $72K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $56K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Donor Relations Director Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Donor Relations Director Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.


95 %
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 96%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 4%