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Foundation Relations Director Salary

With more than half of Foundation Relations Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Foundation Relations Directors is $73K annually and can range from $46K on the lower end to $112K per year near the higher end. Women make up the majority of Foundation Relations Directors (69 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,459 - $110,448
(Median)
$45K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $72,504
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$45,701 - $112,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115

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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.

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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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Job skills reported by Foundation Relations Directors are limited. Grant Writing and Proposal Writing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Proposal Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Foundation Relations Director

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $71K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $58K. For Foundation Relations Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $79K. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $100K.

Foundation Relations Director Advice

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

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

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

Grant Writing
up arrow 3%

National Average
$73,000

Proposal Writing
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%