An average Foundation Relations Director in the United States can expect to take home roughly $76K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Foundation Relations Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Female Foundation Relations Directors make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,868 - $105,192
MEDIAN: $75,857

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$47,868 - $105,192  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88

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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

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

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Popular Skills for Foundation Relations Director

Survey results imply that Foundation Relations Directors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Grant Writing, Grant Management, Project Management, and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Fundraising, Donor Relations, and Proposal Writing. 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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Foundation Relations Directors. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $74K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Foundation Relations Directors see a median salary of $81K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Foundation Relations Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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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Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.


73 %
27 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%