Foundation Relations Director Salary

Foundation Relations Directors in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and a little over a half have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $73K annually, but may range from $45K to $112K per year. Most Foundation Relations Directors survey respondents are women (71 percent). Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,957 - $109,827
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$45K
$73K
$110K
MEDIAN: $73,095
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$45,146 - $111,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
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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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Foundation Relations Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Grant Writing, Grant Management, and Proposal Writing can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Proposal Writing and Grant Management.

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 rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $59K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $71K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Foundation Relations Directors make a median salary of $80K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $102K on average.

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
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Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

Grant Writing
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National Average
$73,000

Grant Management
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Proposal Writing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 5%
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