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Unemployment Insurance News: President Trump’s FY 2019 Budget

White HousePresident Trump’s proposed FY 2019 Budget would mandate unemployment insurance tax/solvency increases for states with inadequate funding in their UI (unemployment insurance) Trust Funds and potentially create a national paid parental leave program through the UI system:

As of September 30, 2017, only 24 States had sufficient reserves to weather another recession. The Budget would impose higher UI taxes on employers doing business in states with lower unemployment reserve balances to assure enough funds are available to cover unemployment benefit charges. The total proposed tax/solvency increases are projected to generate an additional $22 billion over the next ten year period.

The Budget also proposes the creation of individual state plans for six weeks of paid family leave to new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents. Using the state’s UI system as a base, the plans would allow States to establish paid parental leave programs that best meets the needs of their workforce and economy. These programs are estimated to cost approximately $19 billion over 10 years and would be offset by increases in UI taxes/solvency provisions ($11 billion), improved integrity ($1.8 Billion) and RES/REA (Reemployment Services and Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment) services ($3.3 Billion), according to the proposed Budget.

Linda Kirk

Linda Kirk

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and longtime colleague of nearly 20 years, Linda Kirk.

Linda passed away suddenly on January 5, 2018. She was loved by many who worked closely with her. She cherished her work and was invested in our clients, partners, and in the services we provide to nonprofits. We were fortunate enough to work alongside her for so many years and going forward we will honor her memory by continuing her legacy of excellence, dedication and patience all with a smiling spirit!

Over 2,000 Nonprofits Served!

2,000 served

Incredible news for 2018!

First Nonprofit is honored to reveal we now serve over 2,000 diverse nonprofit, government and tribal organizations across the country by providing unique state unemployment savings programs!

The ever-developing First Nonprofit team gets stronger every year by helping clients of various missions save on their unemployment insurance costs. These savings put more money and added efficiency savings back into their budgets and operations. New 2018 First Nonprofit clients include;

– educational organizations,
– tribal governments and their entities,
– healthcare centers,
– Museums and libraries,
– housing providers, and many more

They are on pace to save an average of $23,310 each in just their first year!

AmTrust Financial Named as a NorthCoast 99 Best Places to Work Winner for 2017

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Our parent company, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. was honored as one of the top companies to work for in Northeast Ohio at the NorthCoast 99 Best Places to Work awards ceremony in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. ERC, the organization that runs the NorthCoast 99, recognizes great places to work for top performing people who drive results, provide competitive advantages and allow businesses to innovate and grow.

“AmTrust is a significant employer in Northeast Ohio and we are honored to be recognized as part of the NorthCoast 99 this year,” said Elizabeth Ahmed, Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer for AmTrust Financial. “We’re committed to providing our local employees, and other AmTrust employees worldwide, with best in class health and well-being benefits, innovative plan designs and additional incentives to support them and their families.”

Click here to learn more about this recognition!

 

New Association Partner: Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

 

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First Nonprofit Group is proud to announce our new partnership with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MN). It is MNN’s mission to strengthen the nonprofit community through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building. MNN has more than 650 nonprofit members from every region of the Commonwealth.

We look forward to helping our newest partner and its members save money on their State Unemployment Insurance costs to free up funding that can be used in other areas of operation to help individuals and families throughout Massachusetts.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, please visit their website: http://massnonprofitnet.org/

Meet the Staff: Yesenia Peyret

Yesenia

Join us in welcoming our newest team member, Yesenia Peyret to the First Nonprofit Group team!

Yesenia joins First Nonprofit Group as an Underwriting Assistant. Her main responsibility is to provide support and assistance to our Underwriters by preparing quote documents and enrollment packets for new members as well as assisting with the renewal process for current members. She will be an immediate asset to us because she is naturally curious, excited about the prospect of learning new things and appreciates the value in working with organizations that serves others’ needs. Yesenia comes to us from the Magnum Insurance Agency, where she performed similar work as a Customer Sales Representative. She attended Dominican University in River Forest, IL where she studied Psychology, Social Justice and Civic Engagement.

Yesenia is a Chicago native who enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community. “I grew up in the Heart of Chicago, a small community better known as the colorful Pilsen neighborhood. When I was at Dominican University, I was involved with community-based learning, which included volunteering for and being engaged in the community.” Some of Yesenia’s other hobbies include spending time with her family, playing UNO, watching her favorite television shows, or visiting any one of the many cultural institutions that Chicago has to offer.

We are excited to have Yesenia as an enthusiastic new team member of the First Nonprofit Group team.

Our parent company, AmTrust ranks 475 on the 63rd annual Fortune 500 list!

First Nonprofit Group

We are pleased to announced that our parent company, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. has been given the distinction of a Fortune 500 company for the first time since its founding in 1998. Barry Zyskind, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AmTrust says “AmTrust is honored to join the Fortune 500 alongside an elite group of successful companies, and we’re very grateful to our partners, brokers and agents for their trust in us as we reach this milestone. AmTrust’s inclusion in the Fortune 500 is possible thanks to the hard work and dedication of our people, who live our core values of integrity, diversity, accountability, teamwork, community engagement, and a spirit of entrepreneurship. We adhere to these values every day allowing us to continue to successfully build a best-in-class property and casualty insurer for our valued partners and customers.”

Read more about this announcement at Nasdaq

Meet the Staff: Katie Simmons

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Please join us in welcoming Katie Simmons, to the First Nonprofit Group team!

As our most recently appointed Regional Sales Director for the Northeast Region, Katie’s new responsibilities include sustaining current client, agent, and partner relationships, plus expanding our services to new customers in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire.

Katie earned a B.A in English from Central Connecticut State University and comes to First Nonprofit Group with 15 years of experience effectively supporting insurance providers in customer service, claims, and marketing. She has solid familiarity working with the AmTrust network and other insurance agents/brokers in an effort to strengthen their ability to successfully serve a variety of business and nonprofit customers. Her understanding of the needs and trends in the marketplace is a consequence of years actively interacting with a variety of customers and potential customers. Her commitment to achievement is reflected in her years as an effective manager of a sales team dedicated to bringing the highest benefit to their customers.

Best of all, Katie’s enthusiasm to positively serve and improve nonprofit organizations is fully evident in her own energetic life. “I’ve been heavily involved with Marc Community Resources, a local nonprofit in CT that provides services for children and adults with disabilities. We just had our annual wine tasting fundraiser in June and were fortunate enough to raise more money than ever.”

Katie is also a mother of two very active children, Hunter (16) and Cody (9), plus a Jack Russell/Basset Hound mix named Chug. When “spare time” comes available she loves to golf, read, swim, camp, hike, kayak, travel, and is an avid Patriots fan. She aspires to be the best Mom, the best advocate for First Nonprofit Group, and to make a positive impact for the nonprofit community!

Do you know a nonprofit, governmental or tribal entity that could benefit from Katie’s expertise and enthusiasm in addition to First Nonprofit Group’s successful unemployment programs in the Northeast Region? Reach out to Katie directly at KSimmons@firstnonprofit.com or by phone at 860-571-3189.

First Nonprofit’s Background Services

As low as $9.94!

Finding the right employee or volunteer greatly reduces potential employment liabilities and lowers your exposure to potential unemployment costs. That is why, through our partnership with Coeus Global, First Nonprofit Group is offering a new service to reduce costs of critical background screens!

Understanding options is simple and making enrollment choices is easy. Click here to view frequently used packages by various FNG members. Customized packages with additional background screens are also available, so you only pay to meet your organizational needs. Best of all it’s paperless, secure, easy to use and packages begin at $9.94! To register for this service, click here.

Once a free registration and enrollment choices are received, we email a secure username and password response that permits access to your specific background services dashboard on the Coeus Global website. Secure access to the custom dashboard site directs applicants to enter all their own personal information. Reducing an HR team’s valuable time, eliminating errors and preventing sensitive information from being compromised makes the effort of secure background checks vital to nonprofit organizations!

For more information or questions, please contact First Nonprofit’s Elizabeth Medina at emedina@fristnonprofit.com.

FNG Welcomes New Association Partnerships!

First Nonprofit Group is proud to announce our new partnerships with the Maryland Association of Community Services, Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, and Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.

 

The Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS) is dedicated to strengthening other organizations to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families. For nearly 25 years, MACS has advocated on behalf of their member agencies during annual legislative sessions, played an active role in the development of policy at the state level, and kept its members up-to-date on the changing environment in which they operate. To learn more about the Maryland Association of Community Services, please visit their website: www.macsonline.org

 

The mission of Milwaukee Charter School Advocates is to provide strategies and resources to expand and replicate high-performing independent charter schools in Milwaukee and overcome or curtail obstacles inhibiting their growth. Advocates’ members include schools, charter management organizations, charter school support organizations, individuals and sponsors/vendors. More than 15,000 students in Milwaukee and Racine are educated by the Advocates’ members! To learn more about the Milwaukee Charter School Advocates, please visit their website: www.milwaukeecharteradvocates.org

 

Since 1981, the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits has provided training, consulting, advocacy, membership, networking and recognition for Oklahoma nonprofits. To date, the Center has over 480 members and continues to equip and strengthen Oklahoma’s nonprofit sector. To learn more about the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, please visit their website: www.oklahomacenterfornonprofits.org

We look forward to saving our newest partners and their members money on their State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) costs to free up funding to be used in other areas of operations!

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