Nonprofit Resume Examples

Updated November 26, 2021

Nonprofits are the nation’s third largest employer, responsible for 11.9 million jobs. The job outlook is particularly promising for nonprofit health workers who account for approximately half the industry. Regardless of your area of specialty, job possibilities are looking up in the nonprofit world.

Although the job growth in nonprofits is faster than average, the industry is still recovering from the more than 600,000 jobs lost to COVID-19 layoffs. The competition for a still diminished job pool plus the reality that some areas of the nonprofit industry tend to offer lower salaries makes it so most applicants will want a competitive edge on the job market. One of the most effective ways to provide yourself with a competitive advantage is to put together an outstanding resume.

Here, we’ve provided you with all the tools you need to compose a memorable nonprofit resume, including downloadable resume examples and expert tips discussing how to write a more effective nonprofit resume.

Downloadable Resume Examples

No Experience
Nonprofit_No-Exp.pdf

Example #1 No Experience

2-3 years
Nonprofit_2-3-Years.pdf

Example #2 2-3 Years

5-10 Years
Nonprofit_5-10-Years.pdf

Example #3 5-10 Years

10+ Years
Nonprofit_10-Years.pdf

Example #4 10+ Years

Nonprofit Professional Resume Examples

Years of Experience
  • No Experience 0
  • 2-3 years 2-3
  • 5-10 Years 5-10
  • 10+ Years 10+

Justin Case
(123) 456-7890
[email protected]example.com
6503 Black Bear Ave, Charleston, WV 25302

Profile

Perceptive medical social worker who is an excellent communicator and reliably calm during a crisis. Expert in psychosocial assessments and helping loved ones cope with an unexpected death. Top-tier de-escalation skills and impressive medical knowledge.

Education

Master of Social Work
University Of West Virginia, Morgantown, WV, August 2019 – May 2021

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
University Of Florida, Gainesville, FL, August 2015 – May 2019

Relevant Courses

  • Managing Human Service Organizations
  • Fiscal Management and Budgeting
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Practice in Mental Health
  • Social Work, Health, and Health Care

Key Skills

  • Communication with Patients, Families, and Doctors
  • Medical Vocabulary
  • Coordinating Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Strong Judgement and Decision Making

Professional Experience

Medical Social Worker, Charleston Area Medical Center, Charleston, WV
June 2021 – Present

  • Work cooperatively with other professionals to assess patients’ medical or physical conditions and client needs
  • Educate patients and families about diagnoses and treatment plans
  • Complete psychosocial assessments to determine a patient’s mental or emotional state
  • Counsel patients or patients’ families experiencing crisis or distress
  • Connect patients and families with necessary community and social service resources

Hailey Hernandez
(123) 456-7891
[email protected]
3616 Canary Road, Anchorage, AK 99501

Profile

Committed nonprofit development professional with 2+ years in the industry who has exceeded fundraising goals year over year. A strong grant writer who has already served as lead on a grant awarded for half a million dollars. Excellent skills in event planning and execution, web-based donor relationships, and advertising design.

Professional Experience

Development Coordinator, Abused Women Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), Anchorage, AK
September 2018 – Present

  • Identify new donors and negotiate funding
  • Assist with grant writing; served as lead writer on a grant AWAIC won for $500,000
  • Plan a realistic budget for events and account for anticipated fundraising outcomes
  • Design flyers, posters, ads, and social media posts to promote fundraising events
  • Raised $2.5 million through individual and corporate donations

Education

Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing
University Of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, August 2013 – May 2017

Key Skills

  • Grant Writing
  • Donor Relations
  • Company Partnerships
  • Event Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Data Analysis
  • Raiser’s Edge

Adam Trenton
(123) 456-7891
[email protected]
5901 Thrasher Road, Atlanta, GA 71913

Profile

Passionate community engagement professional with 5+ years nonprofit experience and a natural gift for making order out of chaos. Additionally, I have a history of coveted recruitment results and garnering commitments from various groups ranging from large corporations to volunteers and individual donors.

Professional Experience

Community Engagement Manager,  Atlanta Humane Society, Atlanta, GA
October 2019 – Present

  • Foster positive community relationships through participation in local events, youth programs, social media threads, surveys, monthly community luncheon forums, and more
  • Monitor success of engagement strategies using data
  • Saw a 25% increase in community engagement through local college partnerships
  • Established staff volunteer day agreements with 32 large corporations in the Atlanta area

Volunteer Coordinator, International Rescue Committee, Atlanta, GA
July 2014 – August 2019

  • Recruited, trained, and placed approximately 600 volunteers
  • Maintained working relationships with over 85 partner agencies
  • Provided supervision for and kept up-to-date files on all volunteers
  • Perform outreach, networking, and other marketing as needed to recruit and educate potential donors, volunteers, and partners

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration
Auburn University Auburn, AL, August 2013 – May 2017

Key Skills

  • Logistics
  • Community Outreach
  • Database Management
  • Networking
  • Social Media
  • Event Planning

Hannah Watson
(123) 456-7891
[email protected]
352 Aesop Street, Indianapolis, IN 46113

Profile

Gifted leader and nonprofit expert with 10+ years of experience growing programs, motivating volunteers and staff, and providing administrative excellence. Earned a master’s in public administration and several awards for strategic planning.

Professional Experience

Youth Development Program Director, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
November 2020 – Present

  • Oversee and evaluate five program managers and 15 program coordinators
  • Prepare program budgets, administer approved sums, and ensure that agreed-upon allocations are followed
  • Ensure program compliance with state and local regulations
  • Analyze data to anticipate and forecast future program needs
  • Spearhead efforts to bring in new participants and saw a 40% increase in youth signups over one year

Program Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
May 2014 – October 2020

  • Recruited, trained, and supervised program coordinators, support staff, and volunteers
  • Commended for lowest percentage of volunteer turnover statewide for three years in a row
  • Ensured program coordinators’ produced high-quality comprehensive reports and recommendations regarding volunteer participation
  • Oversaw and occasionally facilitated volunteer-participant matches

Youth Program Coordinator, YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
August 2010 – April 2014

  • Managed and coordinated youth enrichment activities for the largest YMCA in Indiana
  • Assisted in the development of annual curriculum and training calendars
  • Developed creative motivational strategies to improve staff morale and productivity which the program director chose to implement
  • Reviewed and edited over 600 pages of budget, curricula, and grant proposals

Education

Master of Public Administration
University Of Indiana, Bloomington, August 2012 – May 2017

Bachelor of  Science in Sociology
Southern New Hampshire University – Online Program, August 2007 – May 2010

Key Skills

  • Active Listening
  • Storytelling
  • Leadership
  • Recruitment
  • Program Models and Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Nonprofit Professional Resumes

Nonprofits and large corporations alike use specific strategies and tools to help them create a smaller, qualified candidate pool from the hordes of resumes they receive. The most popular of those methods is using anApplicant Tracking System, a software that filters all the applications an organization receives based on specific keywords. The ATS scans your resume, then organizes and rates it against the hundreds of others. These specific keywords most frequently come from the job description for the position you are applying for.

Knowing this, you can make the ATS work for you by incorporating the following keywords into your resume.

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Budgeting Collaborative
Flexibility Fundraising
Grant Writing and Management Innovative
Intrinsic Motivation Organization
Passion Planning
Public Speaking Recruiting
Relationship Building Resilience
Resourceful Self-Care
Self-Starter Strategic Planning
Time Management
Action Verbs
Advise Advocate
Communicate Coordinated
Develop Empower
Facilitate Fundraise
Help Lead
Managed Market
Overhaul Oversee
Plan Provide
Serve Support

Tips for Writing a Better Nonprofit Resume

Showcase your education achievements for nonprofit work

Education holds value to nonprofit employers. While your basic information (school, location, degree) is a helpful factor, it doesn’t provide the full picture of what you learned or accomplished during your time in college or graduate school. Give yourself a better chance at winning an interview by including relevant activities you participated in, awards you earned, or other accomplishments you made during that season of your life.

Example #1

Good


Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, 2012-2016

  • Excelled in nonprofit public relations coursework
  • Chair of Fundraising, Alpha Phi Omega, a student leadership development organization focused on service to the community
  • Fundraising campaign created as a class project brought in $15,000 over 12 weeks

Bad


Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, 2012-2016

  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Minored in Anthropology

Example #2

For this example, assume the individual is applying for a Family Services Program Coordinator role that specifies a need for bilingual skills.

 

Good


Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, 2014-2018

  • Minored in Spanish
  • Studied abroad in Spain for a semester and lived with host family
  • Volunteered 2X per month with a local organization that aids teen parents

Bad


Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, 2014-2018

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Worked part-time at Pizza Hut

Quantify your nonprofit experience on your resume

Quantifying your background in nonprofits helps managers understand the depth of your knowledge and experience as they evaluate your resume and application. As you write the bullet point list for your employment history under your resume’s “Professional Experience” section, try to include responses to questions regarding “how much?” or “how many?” For example, consider your answer to the following questions:

  • How many volunteers did you recruit, train, and match to opportunities within your nonprofit organization?
  • How much money did you raise for your organization?
  • How much did you increase your program size?

Example #1

Good


Raised $14 million in six month through two events and a creative social media campaign.

Bad


Raised money through events and a social media campaign.

Example #2

Good


Increased community engagement by 35% by implementing an ambassador program.

Bad


Increased community engagement through an ambassador program.

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Hiring managers at nonprofit organizations frequently review hundreds of resumes for a single opening. As with for-profit companies, their goal is to identify which applicants are the best match for their needs.

To ensure you’re one of the candidates brought in for an interview, use the specific word choices from the job description to identify the words you should emphasize in the resume you submit with your application. By employing this technique, you can improve your chances of capturing a hiring manager’s attention and landing an interview.

Use the following example of a job description as a guide for identifying your keywords.

Example Nonprofit Professional Job Description


Memphis Make-A-Wish Foundation is searching for a positive and professional volunteer coordinator who has exceptional interpersonal and organizational skills. Experience working and building relationships with a variety of groups, including medical professionals, is preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruit and manage new volunteers via databases, email, social media, and other tools.
  • Train volunteers for assigned opportunities and supervise their performance
  • Process volunteer applications
  • Maintain organized and detailed records and current volunteer information and availability in Raiser’s Edge
  • Keep up with policy and legislation regarding volunteers
  • Responsible for building relationships with wish granters, children and their families, and medical professionals
  • Provide consistent updates on WishNet, our volunteer portal
  • Acknowledge volunteers with awards and recognition events

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Microsoft Excel expert
  • 1-2 years in recruitment or training
  • Exceptional time management
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to communicate with and motivate diverse audiences
  • Proficient in Raiser’s Edge
  • Positive and Professional demeanor
  • First-rate writing skills
  • Ability to stand for a few hours at a time, when necessary

Based on the job post, the organization’s preferred candidate has the following experience/skills:

  • Positive and professional
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Organization
  • Relationship building
  • Raiser’s Edge
  • Working with medical professionals
  • Experience in recruitment and training
  • 1-2 years relevant experience

Here’s an example of how to take those key points and weave them into the professional experience section of a nonprofit resume:

Nonprofit Professional Work Experience Example


Volunteer Coordinator

Make-A-Wish Foundation, Memphis, TN,  2017 – 2020

  • Recruited, screened, and trained over 450 volunteers
  • Used expert Raiser’s Edge skills to organize volunteer information and keep it current
  • Employed top-notch interpersonal skills to build relationships with wish granters, children and their families, and medical professionals
  • Recognized for a consistently positive and professional attitude and conduct