Foundation Relations Director Salary

Foundation Relations Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up over one-half of Foundation Relations Directors. Pay fluctuates from $45K to $120K per year, but expected earnings average $74K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Foundation Relations Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Foundation Relations Directors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (68 percent) are women. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$44,834 - $119,658
MEDIAN: $73,651

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$44,979 - $119,719  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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Job Description for Foundation Relations Director

A director of foundation relations usually works for a university or other educational institution and helps to secure funding, grants, and gifts from private foundations and corporations. This director must carry out research in order to find new donors. It is also important to maintain good relationships with current donors in order to encourage their donations in the future.


Foundation Relations Director Tasks

  • Research institutions and grant making organizations to establish contacts and strategies for attaining funding.
  • Cultivate relationships with possible donors and grant making organizations such as foundations, corporations and other institutions, and solicit grants.
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase grants and corporate philanthropy.

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Popular Skills for Foundation Relations Director

Foundation Relations Directors only report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Donor Relations, Grant Writing, Grant Management, and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Proposal Writing and Grant Management. Experience with Donor Relations is often linked with knowledge of Grant Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Foundation Relations Director

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

For many Foundation Relations Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $53K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $73K. Foundation Relations Directors bring in $80K after working for 10 to 20 years. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $104K.

Foundation Relations Director Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Foundation Relations Director in Los Angeles:
"Work hard, stay honest, and always take on new challenges."
Spend a lot of time researching who is on the Board of Foundations where you think there might be a good fit. Also, always give every proposal a re-read after other people have reviewed it. Double check everything, from directions to layout. Also, research where your Foundations of interest are actually funding. Ask for advice.

Foundation Relations Director in Holland:
"Diverse Experiences."
Treat every job experience as a resume builder while adding character to your portfolio.

Foundation Relations Director in Burlington:
"Personal Finance."
Wish I knew more about personal finance when I started, especially for retirement and investing. When I came to this realization at about age 29, I switched careers. Advice: keep learning new skills sets; be willing to switch careers; make sure your job is intellectually stimulating.

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Experience Affects Foundation Relations Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

Donor Relations
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


68 %
32 %

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: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 5%