Foundation Relations Director Salary

Slightly more than half of Foundation Relations Directors in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $45K to $120K per year, and the average comes out to $74K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of Foundation Relations Directors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$44,834 - $119,658
(Median)
$45K
$74K
$120K
MEDIAN: $73,651
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50%
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Salary
$44,834 - $119,658  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$9,200  
Total Pay (?
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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.

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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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Popular Skills for Foundation Relations Director


Survey takers who work as Foundation Relations Directors report a focused set of job 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. Donor Relations and Grant Writing are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $73K. On average, Foundation Relations Directors make $80K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals with deep experience (more than 20 years) report prosperous salaries in six-figure territory; the median for this crowd is approximately $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

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 28%

Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

Donor Relations
up arrow 8%

Grant Writing
up arrow 1%

National Average
$74,000

Grant Management
up arrow 5%

Proposal Writing
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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