Foundation Relations Director Salary

Foundation Relations Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — slightly more than half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $46K to $121K per year, median earnings come to $74K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Foundation Relations Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women account for the majority of Foundation Relations Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$45,657 - $120,748
MEDIAN: $73,645

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$45,935 - $120,977  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 127
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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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Professional skills reported by Foundation Relations Directors are few in number. Those who have experience with Grant Writing, Grant Management, and Proposal Writing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Proposal Writing and Grant Management. Grant Management and Grant Writing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Foundation Relations Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $58K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $72K on average. Foundation Relations Directors see a median salary of $79K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Six-figure salaries aren't unusual for professionals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience; median compensation for this group sits in the range of $102K.

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 Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.


69 %
31 %

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: 95% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 5%