Foundation Relations Director Salary

Foundation Relations Directors in the United States pull down an average of $75K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most Foundation Relations Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Foundation Relations Directors are female. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$47,220 - $98,787
$47K
$73K
$99K
MEDIAN: $73,272
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Salary $47,220 - $98,787
Bonus $2,035
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$47,220 - $99,362
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 82

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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


Survey results show that Foundation Relations Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Grant Writing, Grant Management, Project Management, and Proposal Writing are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Fundraising as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Donor Relations and Proposal Writing also typically command lower compensation. Competency in Donor Relations frequently indicates knowledge of Grant Writing.

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
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Foundation Relations Director Salaries

Late-Career
▲11%

▲7%

Mid-Career
▼0%

National Average
$73,000

Entry-Level
▼30%

Skills That Affect Foundation Relations Director Salaries

National Average
$73,000


Grant Management
▼4%

Project Management
▼7%

Proposal Writing
▼9%

Donor Relations
▼11%

Fundraising
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 6%
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