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Foundation Relations Director Salary

Foundation Relations Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent a little over a half of Foundation Relations Directors. Salaries average out to around $73K annually and spread from $46K to $112K per year. For the most part, Foundation Relations Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Foundation Relations Directors (69 percent) who took the survey are women. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$45,577 - $110,321
MEDIAN: $72,721

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$45,824 - $112,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 116

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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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Typical Foundation Relations Directors report a focused set of job skills. Grant Writing and Proposal Writing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Proposal Writing.

Pay by Experience Level for Foundation Relations Director

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. The average inexperienced worker earns $58K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $71K. Foundation Relations Directors see a median salary of $79K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $100K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

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

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Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

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Proposal Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 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: 94% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%