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.
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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.Read More...
This director should contact foundations by meeting representatives in person or via the phone, electronic communications, or postal mail. The director will create proposals and letters that will be submitted to foundations. It is also important to work with the financial department to create reports of how the money was allocated that should be passed on to the foundations. The director of foundation relations will need to periodically create forecasts as to how much money needs to be raised and where this money will go. Then the director will strive to meet these goals. Success in this job will be judged by the success rate of obtaining grants and how much money that was raised. It is also important to work with various departments within the university in order to adequately determine their funding needs.
Usually, this job takes place in an office environment during standard daytime hours. However, some travel will be necessary in order to meet with foundation representatives. Usually a bachelor’s degree is necessary to obtain this position. Experience carrying out similar work is also needed. It may also be important to be able to demonstrate past success in obtaining funding.
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.
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.
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