Foundation Relations Director Salary

For Foundation Relations Directors, annual average wages total $74K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Foundation Relations Directors who took the survey — 85 percent to be exact. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Foundation Relations Directors. Almost all enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$46,628 - $98,951
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$74K
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MEDIAN: $73,908
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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

  • 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Grant Writing, Grant Management, Project Management, and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Fundraising, Donor Relations, and Proposal Writing. Competency in Donor Relations frequently indicates 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.


Foundation Relations Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $67K. Foundation Relations Directors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $79K. Foundation Relations Directors who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $82K on average.

Foundation Relations Director Advice

Q: What is it like working as a Foundation Relations Director?

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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Key Stats for Foundation Relations Director

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Foundation Relations Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼32%

Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

National Average
$74,000


Grant Management
▼6%

Project Management
▼8%

Proposal Writing
▼10%

Donor Relations
▼12%

Fundraising
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
41%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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