Foundation Relations Director Salary

Foundation Relations Directors in the United States can expect wages of $74K annually on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Foundation Relations Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority (85 percent) of Foundation Relations Directors who took the survey are female. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$47,112 - $98,012
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$74K
$98K
MEDIAN: $74,290
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$47,112 - $98,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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


Foundation Relations Directors generally report applying a varied skill set 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Fundraising, Donor Relations, and Proposal Writing. Donor Relations and Grant Writing are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Foundation Relations Director

Pay by Experience for a Foundation Relations Director has a positive trend. An entry-level Foundation Relations Director with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 16 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Foundation Relations Director with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 41 salaries. An experienced Foundation Relations Director which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 42 salaries. A Foundation Relations Director with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 18 salaries.

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 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Foundation Relations Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲9%

▲6%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
▼2%

Entry-Level
▼31%

Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

National Average
$74,000


Grant Management
▼6%

Project Management
▼9%

Proposal Writing
▼11%

Donor Relations
▼13%

Fundraising
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 5%