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2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Washington

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What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

$482 Average SUTA Cost per Employee 

Employers in Washington paid an average of $482 per employee in SUTA (State Unemployment Taxes) in 2017.

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$17,706 Total Maximum Benefits

A claimant can collect up to a maximum of $17,706 on a single claim.

$80 Million Unemployment Claim Overpayments

Washington’s fiscal year 2017 unemployment claim overpayment rate was 8.743%, equaling over $80 million.

$47,300 2018 Taxable Wage Base

Washington’s unemployment wage base increased from $45,000 in 2017 to $47, 300 in 2018, therefore increasing the wages on which employers pay SUTA on.

2016: $44,000

2015: $42,100

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit, governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (503) 858-5622 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2019 rate projection!

2018 Unemployment Cost Facts for Utah

2018 UT

 

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

$195 Average SUTA Cost per Employee

Factors used in calculating employer state unemployment rates have increased; causing the average unemployment tax cost per employee in Utah to increase by 28% since 2008 to about $195 by 2017.

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$13,624 Utah’s Total Maximum Benefit Amount

A claimant can collect up to a maximum of $13,624 on a single claim.

$11.2 Million Unemployment Claim Overpayments

Utah made over $11 million in unemployment claim overpayments through fiscal year 2017 (up from $9 million in FY 2016).

$34,300 2018 Taxable Wage Base

The unemployment wage base increased from $33,100 to $34,300 in 2018; therefore increasing the wages on which Utah employers pay SUTA on.

2016: $32,200

2015: $31,300

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit, governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call Megan Cronin at (503) 858-5622 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2049 rate projection!

Meet Your Director: Danielle Clore

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Danielle Tharp Clore has served on the Unemployment Savings Program board since 2015.

She is the Executive Director/CEO of our Kentucky state association partner, Kentucky Nonprofit Network (KNN) in Lexington. KNN provides quality education, sharing of best practices and resources, technical assistance, time and money-saving member benefits and a unified public policy voice to over 600 members statewide.

Prior to founding KNN in 2002, Danielle held leadership positions at the Commonwealth Fund for KET (Kentucky Educational Television), Eastern Kentucky University, Special Olympics Kentucky and Christian Care Communities. She was recognized in 2017 by Women Leading Kentucky with the Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award and was a 2015 finalist for the Excellence in Advocacy Award by the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference, Washington DC.

Danielle’s current community service work includes public policy committee member, National Council of Nonprofits; advisory council member, Murray State University Nonprofit Leadership Studies program; and finance committee member, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

She is a native of Bardstown, grew up in Pineville and now resides in Lexington with her husband and two children.

Visit the Kentucky Nonprofit Network online at www.kynonprofits.org.

Client Spotlight: Goodwill Industries of SE Wisconsin & Metro Chicago’s E-Cycle Operation

FRPhoto_170413N_C1_47As the pace of technology continues to increase, so does the volume of items like computers, tablets and phones that need to be recycled or refurbished. Goodwill E-Cycle is an electronics recycling and refurbishment operation that recovers valuable materials and reuses resources instead of putting them in a landfill.

Through the donation of electronic waste, Goodwill E-cycle is able to employ and train people with disabilities and disadvantages in the refurbishment and resale of computers and other electronics. The mission impact of the work that is done in Goodwill E-cycle is an added benefit to recycling materials with Goodwill.

Goodwill has been recycling and repurposing since its beginnings over 100 years ago. Goodwill was green long before it was popular, and sustainability is an important part of all Goodwill operations. This initiative aligns with Goodwill’s commitment to be green by keeping millions of pounds of electronic waste out of landfills. Bringing the electronics processing in-house is a natural fit for our organization and our mission of being socially and environmentally responsible.

“Goodwill has experience with the destruction and recycling of secure documents through Goodwill DataShield, so working with electronic waste a natural fit,” says Mike Matus, Vice President of Sales and Strategic Solutions. “Because e-waste is such a new concept, most companies don’t have disposal plans in place or are paying excessive fees to private sector providers. Our business partners can rely on us as a secure resource for their electronic waste, and our R2 Certification gives them piece of mind that our upstream and downstream vendors are as careful as we are with their materials,” says Matus.

Goodwill E-cycle is keeping millions of pounds of electronic waste out of landfills each year. These materials contain many valuable, recoverable materials such as aluminum, copper, gold, silver, plastics, and ferrous metals. E-waste also contains toxic and hazardous materials including mercury, lead, cadmium, beryllium, chromium, and chemical flame retardants, which have the potential to leach into our soil and water. In order to conserve natural resources and the energy needed to produce new electronic equipment from virgin resources, electronic equipment can be refurbished, reused, and recycled instead of being landfilled. The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that:
• Recycling one million laptops saves the energy equivalent to the electricity used by more than 3,500 US homes in a year.
• For every million cell phones we recycle, 35 thousand pounds of copper, 772 pounds of silver, 75 pounds of gold and 33 pounds of palladium can be recovered.
Click here for a list of common items E-Cycle accepts for recycling and refurbishment.

If you would like to learn more about how Goodwill E-cycle can help your business, please contact Chris Pier, Director or E-cycle Operations at (414) 847-4196, or cpier@goodwillsew.com.

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What You Need to Know About Giving Tuesday 2017

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November 28th marks the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, nonprofits are gearing up for the charitable season with community events, social campaigns and much more. According to the official Giving Tuesday website, this year over 177,000,000 has been raised in over 98 countries.

Join the movement and register your nonprofit

When you register your nonprofit at www.givingtuesday.com as an official partner, you have to opportunity to be featured on their national platform.

Download materials and resources

There are a ton of free resources and tool kits available on the #GivingTuesday website. Use these materials to help promote your nonprofits campaign.

Connect with other organizations

It’s helpful to know what other organizations are participating in #GivingTuesday. The official website makes it easy to connect with organizations locally and globally.

Whatever your plans are for #GivingTuesday this year, make sure to take these necessary steps to amplify your campaign and increase the your donor dollars!

By The Numbers: AmTrust Financial’s Hurricane Relief Efforts

Since the devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit the southern region, AmTrust has been committed to supporting our clients and insureds in the effected areas and help them get back on their feet. In September,  AmTrust announced a corporate donation of $100,000 to the First Nonprofit Foundation to assist with relief efforts in addition to an employee match contribution up to $200,000.

Here’s a look at the total amount raised for our Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts.

Amtrust Hurricane Relief numbers

In total, AmTrust Financial contributed $403,676 to Hurricane relief efforts! We will continue to help bring relief and hope to those in need throughout the rebuilding process.

Equifax Consumer Breach DOES NOT Affect First Nonprofit Group Clients

As many saw on the news recently, Equifax, a top credit reporting agency, reported a massive data breach affecting over 143 million credit consumers. This breach has not affected our clients whose unemployment claims administration is provided by Equifax Workforce Solutions.

On September 07, 2017, Equifax reported massive data breach that affected over 143 million “credit” consumers. Equifax Workforce Solutions’ confidential data and IT platform was NOT penetrated. That means all information exchanged with Equifax Workforce Solutions by First Nonprofit Group clients is protected and all current systems in place are secure. To be clear, Equifax consumer credit division data and systems are completely separate from the Equifax Workforce Solutions.

A representative for Equifax Workforce Solutions has provided the following information: “Equifax has found no evidence that the cybersecurity incident announced on September 7, 2017, impacted Workforce Solutions databases. The employee data you provide to Workforce Solutions for Unemployment Claims Administration, I-9, Tax Form Management, ACA, and The Work Number payroll databases were not affected by this incident.”

Security of data is the essence of First Nonprofit Group’s vital service to its clients and our daily contact with Equifax Workforce Solutions and all third-party vendors will continue to include our priority for data security. “Equifax is conducting a complete review of their security operations to make sure this will never happen again.”

First Nonprofit Group remains vigilant on behalf of all clients and will continue to conduct on-going review of security operations.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns:

Cruz Mendez
Marketing Director
cmendez@firstnonprofit.com
(312) 239-8385

Joseph Poretto
VP, Sales and Marketing
jporetto@firstnonprofit.com
(312) 239-8388

Cyber Alert: Beware of this New IRS Phishing Scam

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The IRS is currently warning of a new twist on an old phishing scheme…

This new phishing scam tries to get you to download an FBI questionnaire. But if you click the link, your computer will be infected with ransomware. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the FBI. It generally looks like this ↓

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Remember that the IRS does not use email, text messages, or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds.

THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK!

Source: KnowBe4

AmTrust & First Nonprofit Group Are Helping Those Affected By Hurricane Harvey

While Hurricane Harvey is quite a force, there is nothing like the strength of humanity.   As stated by Barry Zyskind, Chairman, President and CEO of AmTrust Financial Services to AmTrust employees

We at AmTrust & your team at First Nonprofit Group (FNG) are committed to providing our clients, insureds and agents in Houston, Corpus Christi and other communities in Texas and Louisiana with the support and service they need to get back on their feet as soon as possible.  We also want to provide aid to those that may need help.  Our parent company, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., has committed a $100,000 corporate donation to First Nonprofit Foundation which will identify and donate to nonprofits in the affected storm areas to aid them in long-term rebuilding efforts.  In addition, AmTrust will match employee donations of FNG team and all employees in the AmTrust family of companies, to First Nonprofit Foundation up to an additional $100,000 providing up to another $200,000 to aid the Harvey recovery efforts.

First Nonprofit Foundation is a private grant-making organization, and certified 501c3 organization, that focuses on bolstering the nonprofit sector in the United States.  AmTrust has been a long-time supporter.

Our hope is that the region, businesses, individuals, and those nonprofits who serve these areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will soon be back on their feet and thriving once again.

 

Mario J. Poretto

President and CEO, First Nonprofit Group

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