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Professional grant writers appear to command relatively high salaries in Canada. Such conclusions must remain subject to revision, however, due to the limits of pertinent, readily available, and timely data.

 

This post explores available data on the average and median salaries of grant writers in Canada. Occasional later posts will explore grant writing as a career in other parts of the world.

 

Average Salaries:

Data from Salaryexpert.com indicate that for a grant writer with one year of experience, the average salary for all of Canada is C$53,721. For the selected cities for which Salaryexpert.com reports data, the averages range from a low of C$45,636 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$62,585 in Yellowknife, NT. For the 25th percentile, the averages range from a low of C$33,956 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$46,568 in Yellowknife, NT. And for the 75th percentile, the averages range from a low of C$58,307 in Fredericton, NB to a high of C$79,963 also in Yellowknife, NT.

 

Note: All data presented here are in Canadian dollars (C$). As of the week of this post, the C$ has been trading at or near parity with the US dollar (US$) in international exchange rates; consequently, reporting conversions to US$ would be redundant.

 

City and Province

25th Percentile

Average

75th Percentile

Calgary, AB

C$44,857

C$60,286

C$77,025

Edmonton, AB

C$39,277

C$52,787

C$67,443

Vancouver BC

C$42,660

C$57,332

C$73,251

Victoria, BC

C$38,603

C$51,882

C$66,288

Winnipeg, MB

C$36,234

C$48,697

C$62,218

Fredericton, NB

C$33,956

C$45,636

C$58,307

Yellowknife, NT

C$46,568

C$62,585

C$79,963

London, ON

C$39,126

C$52,583

C$67,183

Ottawa, ON

C$46,338

C$62,276

C$79,567

Toronto, ON

C$45,773

C$61,516

C$78,597

Montreal, QC

C$38,958

C$52,358

C$66,896

Quebec, QC

C$36,785

C$49,438

C$63,165

Regina, SK

C$37,554

C$50,471

C$64,485

Saskatoon, SK

C$36,719

C$49,349

C$63,051

Canada

C$53,721

 

Median Salaries:

Other information sources also present a fairly rosy picture for grant writers in Canada, but the sample sizes generally are too small to be reliable. PayScale.com indicates that the national median salary for grant writers is C$41,081, with a range of C$23,270 to C$61,825. For the only province for which it reports data — Ontario — the range is C$30,000 to C$67,000. Data for other provinces and for cities are not available.

 

Fringe Benefits:

PayScale.com indicates that vacation time varies with years of experience. Grant writers with 1 to 4 years of experience report 1.4 weeks (or 7 days); those with 5 to 9 years of experience report 1.5 weeks (or 7.5 days); and those with 10 to 19 years of experience report 1.0 weeks (or 5 days) of vacation time. The median bonus reported for grant writers in Canada is C$100 with a range of C$0 to C$550.

 

Compared to their counterparts in the United States of America, professional grant writers appear to command somewhat lower salaries in the United Kingdom. Such conclusions must remain subject to revision, however, due to the limits of  pertinent, readily available, and timely data.

 

This post explores available data on the average salaries of grant writers in the United Kingdom. Occasional later posts will explore grant writing as a career in other parts of the world.

 

Salary Ranges:

The Institute of Fundraising, based in the United Kingdom, published a report in 2009, which indicated that the most prevalent salary ranges for fundraisers of all types, among survey respondents, were: £20,000-£25,000, £25,000-£30,000, and £30,000-£35,000. For all fundraising positions advertised on five recruitment websites over a 12-week period, the two most prevalent salary ranges were £25,000-£30,000 and £30,000-£40,000.

 

The same report from the Institute of Fundraising, also indicated that the advertised salary range for a ‘Trust/Grants Fundraiser’ in the United Kingdom was £18,000-£41,000 while that for ‘Development’ was £18,000-£55,000.

 

Salaries by Region:

A second resource, mysalary.co.uk, published salary data for 2011. It reported that average salaries for Grant Writers varied by region in the United Kingdom. They ranged from £20,912 in Yorkshire and the Northeast to £28,492 in London.

 

The table below presents the 2011 salary data; for purposes of aiding international comparison, the table also applies an exchange rate as of the date of this post (£1.00 = $1.5563).

 

Grant Writer Salaries by Region in the United Kingdom

Region

British Pounds (£)

US Dollars ($)

Northwest

£23,003

$35,799.56

London

£28,492

$44,342.09

Yorkshire and Northeast

£20,912

$32,545.34

Southwest

£22,741

$35,391.81

Southeast

£26,924

$41,901.82

Scotland

£22,219

$34,579.42

Northern Ireland

£23,526

$36,613.51

Wales

£21,957

$34,171.67

Midlands

£24,310

$37,833.65

East of England

£21,696

$33,765.48

 

 

 

One way to explore differences in potential grant opportunities among and within countries is to compare ratios of persons to grant-making foundations across the states or provinces in those countries and for entire countries. Available data suggest that nonprofits may face far greater competition for private grants in Mexico than their counterparts do in the United States of America.

 

Persons Per Foundation in Mexico:

Mexico’s population, as of 2012, was estimated to be 115,296,767 persons (Wikipedia]. For the same year, the Centro Mexicano para la Filantropia reported the number of foundations in Mexico as at least 22,906. The resulting average ratio of persons per foundation was 5,033.47, which was closest to the actual ratio for Baja California Sur (at 5,317.00).

 

In the six most populous states of Mexico (excluding the Federal District, or Distrito Federal), ratios of persons to foundations ranged from 6,107.46 in Jalisco to 10,023.35 in México state. In Mexico’s six least populous states, ratios of persons to foundations ranged from 4,031.51 to 6,579.22 in Nayarit.

 

Numbers of Foundations by State in Mexico:

Excluding the Federal District, in 2012 the numbers of foundations by state ranged from 130 in Baja California Sur to 1,555 in México state. The median number of foundations by state, excluding the Federal District, was 420, which was the ratio for Querétaro.

 

Four states and the Federal District had 1,000 or more foundations, 17 states had 500 or fewer foundations, and five states had 200 or fewer foundations.

 

Distrito Federal as a Unique Context:

The Federal District was unique in the entire country of Mexico in that it had by far the largest number of foundations (5,459) and it had by far the lowest ratio of persons per foundation (1,623.81).

 

International Comparison:

By way of comparison, in 2009, the population of the United States of America was estimated as 307,006,550; it had 120,617 private foundations; its resulting ratio of persons per foundation was 2,545.30; and its median ratio for the 50 states and Washington DC was 2,695.21 (in California).

 

Mexico’s 31 States And Federal District: Private Foundations Per Person by State

Rank

State

Population (2012)

Number of Foundations

Ratio

1

México

15,586,317

1,555

10,023.35

2

Federal District

8,864,370

5,459

1,623.81

3

Veracruz

7,773,408

1,269

6,125.62

4

Jalisco

7,554,931

1,237

6,107.46

5

Puebla

5,914,085

741

7,981.22

6

Guanajuato

5,652,973

707

7,995.72

7

Chiapas

4,983,116

639

7,798.30

8

Nuevo León

4,826,292

1,002

4,816.66

9

Michoacán

4,412,767

912

4,838.56

10

Oaxaca

3,866,280

970

3,985.86

11

Chihuahua

3,470,783

752

4,615.40

12

Guerrero

3,442,564

359

9,589.31

13

Tamaulipas

3,374,200

363

9,295.32

14

Baja California

3,302,966

851

3,881.28

15

Coahuila

2,841,657

698

4,071.14

16

Sinaloa

2,806,664

346

8,111.75

17

Sonora

2,755,258

504

5,466.78

18

Hidalgo

2,753,582

381

7,227.25

19

San Luis Potosí

2,638,693

349

7,560.72

20

Tabasco

2,309,369

233

9,911.45

21

Yucatán

2,015,977

454

4,440.48

22

Querétaro

1,924,144

420

4,581.30

23

Morelos

1,819,892

507

3,589.53

24

Durango

1,667,374

493

3,382.10

25

Zacatecas

1,514,618

177

8,557.16

26

Quintana Roo

1,440,814

290

4,968.32

27

Aguascalientes

1,237,675

307

4,031.51

28

Tlaxcala

1,213,757

291

4,170.99

29

Nayarit

1,118,468

170

6,579.22

30

Campeche

849,617

185

4,592.52

31

Baja California Sur

691,161

130

5,317.00

32

Colima

672,995

155

4,341.90

 

Totals

115,296,767

22,906

5,033.47

 

As noted earlier, charitable activity occurs in many parts of the world, wherever one finds corporations and foundations committed to philanthropic undertakings.

 

This post explores the distribution of corporate giving programs in Canada. An earlier post explored the distribution of grant-making foundations in Canada.

 

Canadian Corporate Giving:

Based on a list at Charity Village, at least 130 corporate giving programs make charitable donations or grants in Canada. Charity Village’s database briefly describes the purposes and geographic focuses of each giving program and provides links to the individual websites.

 

Of the 130 corporate giving programs, five are international, 86 are national, 15 are regional, and 12 are local. Most of the international programs are based in the United States of America. The regional programs provide support either in parts or all of two or more provinces.

 

Another 12 of the 130 corporate giving programs provide support within specific provinces: one in Alberta (AB), six in British Columbia (BC), one in Manitoba (MB), two in Ontario (ON), and two in Saskatchewan (SK).

 

Canadian Corporate Giving Programs

Location

Number

Location

Number

Location

Number

International

5

Local

12

Manitoba

1

National

86

Alberta

1

Ontario

2

Regional

15

British Columbia

6

Saskatchewan

2

 

It is quite possible that other databases on Canadian philanthropy are more extensive than those presented online at Charity Village; if readers know of any, please send me a comment!

 

Later posts will explore grant-related philanthropies elsewhere in North America — as well as in other countries and regions of the world.

 

Charitable donations and grant making are activities by no means limited to organizations operating only within the United States of America. They occur in many parts of the world, wherever one finds corporations and foundations committed to philanthropic undertakings.

 

This post explores the distribution of grant-making foundations in Canada. A later post will explore the distribution of corporate giving programs in Canada. In addition, further posts will explore grant-related philanthropies elsewhere in North America — as well as in other countries and regions of the world.

 

Canadian Grant-Making Foundations:

Based on a list at Charity Village, at least 283 private foundations make grants within Canada. Charity Village’s database briefly describes the purposes and geographic focuses of each foundation and provides links to their individual websites.

 

Of the 283 foundations, 19 are international, 90 are national, and 65 are regional. Most of the international foundations are based in the United States of America. The regional foundations provide support either in parts of two or more provinces or in their entireties.

 

In addition, 109 of the 283 foundations provide support within specific provinces: 20 in Alberta (AB), 20 in British Columbia (BC), nine in Manitoba (MB), three in New Brunswick (NB), one in Newfoundland (NL), three in Nova Scotia (NS), one in Northwest Territories (NT), 44 in Ontario (ON), five in Quebec (QC), two in Prince Edward Island (PE), and one in Saskatchewan (SK).

 

Yukon (YT) and Nunavut (NU) have no province-specific foundations listed on Charity Village’s online directory. Applicants in these sparsely settled provinces must look outside provincial boundaries in their pursuit of grants from private foundations.

 

Canadian Grant-Making Private Foundations

Location

Number

Location

Number

Location

Number

International

19

New Brunswick

3

Ontario

44

National

90

Newfoundland

1

Quebec

5

Regional

65

Northwest Territories

1

Prince Edward Island

2

Alberta

20

Nova Scotia

3

Saskatchewan

1

British Columbia

20

Nunavut

0

Yukon

0

Manitoba

9

 

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