Cover letter for a nonprofit job (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a non-profit job.”

Examples of cover letters for a non-profit job

To get a non-profit position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a nonprofit cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a non-profit position”

“Kendra Lee


919 Atwood Ave.

Madison, WI 53716

March 3, 2020

Jessica Mathers

Hiring Manager

Healthy Mind Organization

9600 Wayward Lane

Suite 402

San Francisco, CA 94016

Dear Ms. Mathers,

Nick Johnson suggested that I apply for the position of communications manager with Healthy Mind Organization because he is familiar with my proven record of successful social media management, as well as my deeply personal connection with your mission to increase mental health awareness and provide support to those battling mental health issues. The projects about your Mind Body Soul initiative are especially interesting to me. I would be eager to work on initiatives similar to this. This specific project was immediately exciting to me because of the opportunity to support Healthy Mind’s mission to help young girls empower themselves and build a strong foundation of self-love. I am equally impressed by your focus on investing in initiatives that promote body acceptance and nutritional counseling.

My five years of experience at Avatar Media Inc. and my academic background in communications and marketing make me well equipped to start immediately working on a project to help expand your current outreach and connections. My nonprofit experience includes fundraising for a local women’s group promoting healthy lifestyles to young girls. I’m fully versed in all aspects of print and online marketing, and I have experience in public relations and branding. I also have strong organizational, leadership, interpersonal and critical-thinking skills, all of which I know will assist me in the role of communications manager.

Over the past couple of years, I have been in close contact with several women who have benefited from Healthy Mind’s services. After growing up seeing the effects of mental health issues firsthand, particularly in young women, I have gained a unique and personal understanding of how important your work is for all women. The opportunity to work in the Healthy Mind Organization would be an incredible way to fulfill what I believe to be my life’s purpose.

I appreciate the chance to apply for the communications manager position and would love to speak with you more. Can we schedule a call or a meeting to discuss this opportunity further?


Kendra Lee”

Sample 2: “Cover letter for a non-profit position”


[Phone Number] | [e-mail]

Dear Ebony,

I am writing to apply for your recent posting for the non-profit position with your organization.

I have more than five years of experience working for an international non-profit hunger relief organization. In my current position, I devise programs to educate large corporations on corporate social responsibility and how to mobilize the necessary resources implementing life-changing aid to the needy ones. Those experiences have trained me to be meticulous, creative and resourceful.

My compassionate nature and excellent interpersonal skills enable me to excel in public relation. Taking advantage of this, I often liaise with numerous entities, governmental bodies and even high-profile individuals to successfully draw grant and funds into the organization. As such, I am very well versed with ways to circumvent administrative red tape.

With a strong passion for helping others through charity work, in addition to my full-time job, I also volunteer at the local soup kitchen distributing sustenance, primary medical care and necessities to low-income families and homeless. This humbling yet enriching experience has taught me to be grateful and made me more eager to give back to society.

I take pride in my successful contribution to changing thousands of lives from diverse backgrounds by assisting non-profit organizations to achieve their annual goals. I am excited to join your organization and would appreciate a chance to touch the lives of those within your outreach. Please do not hesitate to contact me for clarification or to arrange for an interview, at your convenience.

Thank you for your time and consideration.


[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Sample 3: “Cover letter for a non-profit position”

“Dear Mrs. Latchworth,

Having worked in two Nonprofit organizations assisting young professionals in the financial community, I understand how vital the role of outreach coordinator can be. If you don’t understand the needs of your community, your impact can miss the target entirely.

I have been a vocal supporter of mental health education since my best friend was diagnosed with depression five years ago. If you do not understand what to do with some of the thoughts that enter your head, the risks can spiral. I have arranged mental health conferences and events for over 15,000 young financiers, attracting 170+ sponsors and over $6.5m of funding over a four-year period. Investing in the mental health of high-potential (but mentally vulnerable) employees is the best thing any corporate behemoth can do.

My previous roles have been primarily focused on research, marketing and fundraising management — building deep connections within the community at conferences and being an advocate for our work in both social and print media. My most prominent PR campaign achieved a 95% awareness rating among senior financial decision makers and was responsible for a 40% spike in donations. I believe in nurturing long-term relationships with sponsors who are morally invested in our work.

The value of an outreach coordinator is measured in both campaign and funding growth:

  • Ran a six-month mental wellness campaign with 8 mid-level investment banks.
  • Social audience grew 450% over three years and campaigns reached 5m+ people.
  • 98% rated my “Mental Health in Finance” seminars as very good / excellent.
  • Increased donations by 150% in my previous role, continuing to build my network.

I have worked in partnership with NextChange on many occasions and feel that now is the time to make my difference by working for you. I would love the opportunity of an interview to chat about how I might be able to help your current clients and reach out to new ones. Mental health matters to everyone, but especially to those starting out in their careers.


Kristin Weathers”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a non-profit position”

“Fort Myers, Dec 13, 2019

Anthony Employer

Department Manager

PATH (People Assisting The Homeless)

1 Main Avenue

Fort Myers, FL 33912

Dear Anthony,

When I spotted that you’re looking for a Case Manager at PATH, I decided there is no time to waste. Having 3+ years of experience as a case worker at Momentum, a mental health charity, I believe I have the skills that will maximise the amount of people we get from the streets into a stable life situation. 

You wrote that you are searching for a Case Manager to provide case management services such as outreach and intake, mental health services, and treatment plans. As a Case Worker at Momentum, I have taken part in more than 400 intake interviews, resulting in over 340 opened cases. I have helped to organise treatment planning and mental health service provision for these cases, 82% of which were completed successfully. I have organized recovery-focused and community integration activities in the Fort Myers area, successfully aligning 87 patients with full-time employment. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, and graduated with a Master’s in Social Work & Social Welfare from the University of Chicago with a 3.8 GPA. I believe I have the preparation necessary to handle a significant part of the caseload at PATH and convert it into real results.

I am excited to be applying to such a progressive non profit that is making use of the newest developments in the field of Social Work, and is so committed to the Housing First approach. I believe that with the right investment we can bring the same approach to the Fort Myers area and eradicate homelessness here in the next decade.

Can we have a meeting to discuss how to most efficiently follow the Housing First principles and maximise the number of people served in 2020?

Best Regards,

Carolyn D. Salas


Sample 5: “Cover letter for a non-profit position”

“[Today’s Date]

[XYZ Nonprofit Organization Address]

[Phone Number]


Dear [hiring manager’s name],

I am applying for the position at XYZ Nonprofit Organization. I have devoted my career to making a change in [the nonprofit cause]. Recently I have been working with [your recent experience]. My background and passion for making a difference are why I believe I’m a good fit for the [available job] position at [nonprofit organization]. While at [recent experience], I was responsible for: 

[three to five bullet points of hard skills or achievements from your recent experience.]

After graduating from XYZ University with a degree in [field of study], I volunteered/ worked with XYZ Organization as a [your job title]. This prompted my interest in [goal of the nonprofit organization]. At XYZ Organization, I was able to develop my [interpersonal skills] to make a difference. [Name of professional reference] recommended I apply for this job because of my proven track record working with [goal of the nonprofit organization.]

I find [nonprofit organization name]’s current initiatives regarding [goal of the nonprofit organization] to be inspiring, and I would be honored to contribute in some capacity.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I’m looking forward to discussing this opportunity further. I can be reached by phone at [your phone number] or by email at [your email].


[Your Full Name]”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of cover letters for a non-profit job

How do you start a non-profit cover letter?

How to Start a non-profit cover Letter

  • Start with humor.
  • Express your passion. 
  • State your accomplishment. 
  • Express your excitement for the company. 

How do you write a good cover letter for a non profit?

Effective cover letters: 

  • Show interest.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the organization’s work.
  • Highlight how your skills and experience are relevant to the job.
  • Cite volunteer experience.

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