Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Marshall Whittey

March 17, 2014

Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Marshall Whittey

Hailing from “The Biggest Little City in The World,” Marshall Whittey left Reno for Chicago three-and-a-half years ago to join First Nonprofit Group as regional sales director. Marshall earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he then became a sales manager for a flooring and tiling company that focused on new home construction.

“We were the new kids on the block in Reno,” Marshall said. “We started with just 5 employees and grew to be more than 400 in one year.”

Since coming to Chicago, Marshall admits that he misses much of the beauty of the Reno area, such as the views of the mountains and lakes. He says the Chicago buildings and skyline make up for the loss of mountains to some extent, but the flatland has taken some getting used to.

Ironically, after leaving the mountainous region where he was born and raised, Marshall has started to snowboard again in the Midwest. While it’s not the same as the slopes outside of Reno, he has enjoyed rekindling his interest in the sport at ski hills in Wisconsin.  He also enjoys wakeboarding and staying physically active. Marshall is excited to compete in his third Tough Mudder race this year, and has even convinced some co-workers at First Nonprofit to give the challenge a try.

Working with organizations in the nonprofit sector
Marshall is happy that he earns his living at a company that helps nonprofits save money, allowing them to allocate more funding to their causes and missions.

“It’s nice to help nonprofits save money and know they can use it for their programs,” he said. “That’s what got me excited about leaving what I was doing to come and work with First Nonprofit Group. I wanted to work with them, and in my own way, do something that can help these dedicated organizations.”

Marshall said that First Nonprofit Group is like a family-run business in a sense because it develops strong relationships with its clients. He also does an extensive amount of traveling, serving organizations from Lincoln, Nebraska to Miami, Florida. He said his favorite part about traveling is having the opportunity to meet many new people and to learn more about their work.


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Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Chicago, IL

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios.

Thresholds, Chicago, IL

NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

Luckily for us, our interactions regarding any issues with staffing has been very minimal! I can say that all other interactions with regards to billing, 941 reporting, etc. have been extremely pleasant, accommodating and easy to work with. Kim Ghanayem is always prompt, professional and friendly. Thank you so much!

Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ

First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

The Ensight Skills Center has enjoyed working with First Nonprofit for several years. We are enrolled in their Unemployment Savings Program and although we have not required a lot of intervention, there have been a few times. I know others have dealt with the same problem of unemployment fraud over the last year and in our case, a call to First Nonprofit (they actually answer their phones) cleared up the issue. They also sent us a letter to send to all our employees telling them what they needed to do to prevent this in the future and protect themselves. What a relief! Over the years if I have questions or concerns, they are happy to listen, advise and help if they can. Another BIG advantage of using First Nonprofit is that all the money that is paid into the Unemployment Savings Program lives on my balance sheet as an asset. The money continues to be Ensight’s not the governments. First Nonprofit has certainly given me peace of mind.

Ensight Skills Center, Inc, Fort Collins, CO