Writing a cover letter can be a daunting task, but it’s one that’s necessary for most job applications. It’s important to get it right, to help you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons.
Naomi, Recruitment Consultant at CharityRecruit, part of CharityJob, advises:
“Ideally a cover letter should be one side of A4. This should detail why you want to work for the organisation, what you’ve achieved in previous positions and how this relates to their current vacancy – focus on relevant skills and don’t digress – on top of this, research the organisation you’re applying to and tailor each cover letter accordingly. It’s really worth putting some time in on cover letters as this is what hiring managers will see before even looking at your CV. So relax, think about how you want to portray yourself and maximise your chances of being called to an interview by taking the time needed to make it professional, clear and engaging – ALWAYS check spelling and grammar.”
– Naomi, Recruitment Consultant at CharityRecruit
With cover letters, presentation is key! Avoid handwriting it unless in exceptional circumstances. Instead, type it on A4 paper, and use a nice, easy-to-read font.
What you need to include
Firstly, research. As Naomi states, you need to be able to tailor your cover letter to the specific organisation, so make sure you know all about it. Where do they sit in the sector? Do any other charities compete with them for the same supporters? This will also help when you get to interview stage, and show that you have a proven interest in the charity.
Next, you need to make sure you address the letter to the correct person. It may seem obvious, but if you know their name, make sure you state it. If not Dear Sir or Madam is fine.
Then, you want to explain exactly why you are writing and which position you are applying for: “I would like to be considered for the role of Fundraising Manager”. It’s also a good idea to say where you found the position- for example on the CharityJob website, through a mutual contact, or whilst volunteering at the charity.
Now it’s time to show why you’re perfect for the role! Describe your relevant professional and voluntary experience and education in the next paragraph. It’s also a really good idea to work your way through the job description, and address each point, giving an example to show how you match the specification. You also need to show them that you relate to the cause the charity aims to help, and that you are passionate about helping them to achieve their goals.
In the next paragraph- try stating your own professional goal, or what you want to achieve in your career. Then show how this job could help you achieve it. End by re-emphasising your interest in the role, and why you are passionate about the work your chosen charity does. Close with ‘Your Sincerely’ if you’ve used their name, and ‘Yours Faithfully’ if you’ve used Dear Sir or Madam.
Naomi is a Recruitment Consultant at CharityRecruit,
part of CharityJob
Fundraiser Cover Letter
Fundraisers work for nonprofit organizations and charities and collect contributions from individuals and groups to support the organization’s cause. Typical work responsibilities of a Fundraiser are coordinating volunteers, researching new fundraising ideas, asking for sponsorships from businesses, processing donations, raising awareness of the cause, implementing corporate giving strategies, cultivating donor relationships, finding new donors, and selecting the most appropriate fundraising methods.
Based on our collection of cover letters for Fundraiser, essential job skills include:
- Commitment for the cause of the organization
- Fundraising skills
- Relationship building
- Persuasion and negotiation
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Deadline orientation
- Being able to work under pressure
- Computer literacy
Below is provided a sample cover letter for Fundraiser highlighting comparable abilities.
For help with your resume, check out our extensive Fundraiser Resume Samples.
Dear Mr. Mitchell:
When I learned of your need for a personable and driven Fundraiser to join your team at Justice NOW, I felt compelled to submit my resume for your review. With my strong experience leading community relationship management, fundraising efforts, and marketing initiatives for non-profit organizations, I feel confident in my ability to significantly benefit your team in this role.
My background has consistently been characterized by my steadfast dedication to enhancing organizational performance and achieving—and often exceeding—objectives. With recent success in fundraising and team leadership for non-profits focused on social justice and equality, I am confident that my skills, qualifications, and values will render me an invaluable asset to your team.
Consider the following highlights of my qualifications:
- Effectively spearheading fundraising efforts, relationship building and donor management, and goal definition and achievement to drive organizational success and growth.
- Contacting prospective donors—via phone, email, or direct mail—to motivate them to give generously while successfully and tactfully handling objections.
- Developing solid, trusting relationships with peers, volunteers, donors, and community members to achieve objectives.
- Coaching, training, and encouraging new employees and volunteers in professional fundraising techniques.
- Leveraging superior organizational, interpersonal, and presentation skills to accelerate funding.
With my record of success in fundraising and community partnerships, coupled with my superior communication talents and my dedication to expanding social justice, I will certainly surpass your expectations for this role. I look forward to discussing the position, and your organization’s needs, in further detail.
Thank you for your consideration.
Josie F. Cruz