Donor Relations Manager Salary
The average Donor Relations Manager in the United States earns approximately $47K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The vast majority of Donor Relations Managers (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. For the most part, Donor Relations Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Donor Relations Manager
Donor relations managers are tasked with expanding the pool of benefactors for an organization using a variety of marketing techniques, such as social media, television, and print. They are also responsible for maintaining the flow of contributions and overseeing how contributions are received and utilized.Read More...
Donor relations managers help to develop mailing lists using computer applications and techniques which allow the company to communicate with donors through newsletters and specialized emails. They may also plan committee meetings for benefactors and other members of the donor relations team to brainstorm ideas to achieve fundraising goals, as well as fundraising campaigns to expand the pool of donations received by the organization. These fundraising campaigns involve the management of both people and money to create a variety of events and advertisements.
Donor relations managers use a range of accounting and project-management techniques to manage contributions and create fundraisers, and they also use marketing skills to help create and adapt marketing campaigns and newsletters. They must have strong computer skills and be able to adapt to different technologies to implement and automate these tasks. A bachelor's degree in accounting, marketing, or a related field is generally required for this position.
Donor Relations Manager Tasks
- Recruits and trains volunteers for events.
- Manages the development of projects that attract funding.
- Manages the identification and cultivation of potential donors.
- Oversees press releases and announcements necessary for event success.
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Popular Skills for Donor Relations Manager
Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Oral / Verbal Communication, Event Management, and Donor Relations are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 33 percent, 11 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Planning, Customer Relationship Management, and Raiser's Edge Fundraising Software. It is often found that people who know Fundraising are also skilled in Marketing Communications.
Pay by Experience Level for Donor Relations Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Donor Relations Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. On average, Donor Relations Managers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Donor Relations Manager generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $58K.