October 10, 2005
Example of Cover Letter
Dear Donald Dillman
We are writing to ask for your participation in a survey about the teaching of
statistics. The purpose of our survey is to collect information for the creation of a
website of resources for teaching statistics ( ).
Your name was randomly selected from a database provided by the American
Statistical Association. If you choose to participate in this survey, your answers are
completely confidential and will be released only as part of group summaries.
We have enclosed a small token of appreciation as a way of saying thanks for your
If you have any questions or comments about this survey, please feel free to contact
us at 352-3920723 ext.240 or at the address on the reply envelope.
Thank you very much for helping us with this important study.
This is a simplified example! In a real
letter, add more to the usefulness
section, to highlight the importance of
Name of sponsors