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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WI Council of Religious & Independent Schools (WCRIS), Madison, WI

First Nonprofit has been a great partner. They have helped us saved hundreds of thousands of dollars! They have awesome resources for our nonprofit organization. Thanks for the partnership.

Community Care Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Life is certainly busy these days but having business partners like First Nonprofit has made some of the process hassle free. We have worked with this team for years. When we changed payroll systems, they outlined every step. I think this team is terrific and I know they get the job done! Thank you, Cruz, to all the team at FNP.

Gulfside Healthcare Services, New Port Richey, FL

FNP has helped our agency to save thousands of dollars every year on our unemployment coverage. The service is phenomenal, and we are thankful to their team as our partner. My experience working with Marshall on the advocacy around UE for nonprofits was also a highlight as someone who teaches advocacy and lobbying for nonprofits. Really, your whole team is top shelf, so thank YOU!

Advancing Academics, Turtle Creek, PA

Chicago Children’s Theatre has greatly benefited from our partnership with First Nonprofit, and I have always enjoyed working with the staff on our filings and any complicated questions. I would not hesitate to recommend First Nonprofit to fellow nonprofits. We’re very happy customers.

Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago, IL

FNP is a great resource for Daniel Kids. To have a TPA that we can count on to take point on not only managing our unemployment claims, but to support and guide any protest hearing, is invaluable. All the professional support staff we have worked with have been excellent, very knowledgeable and responsive. We are grateful for the help and support, thank you.

Daniel Kids, Jacksonville, FL

When I first began in my position at my organization, I hadn’t had experience working with a company like FNP. The staff was so patient and helpful in helping to explain the benefits of First Nonprofit. Anytime I reach out with a question I receive a quick, clear, and thorough response. I’m so thankful that we decided to partner with FNP. Their excellence in customer service, coupled with their variety of packages frees us up to truly serve our staff and community with a peace of mind knowing that our organization is protected against unanticipated unemployment insurance expenses.

Homes of Hope, Chicago, IL

First Nonprofit gets an A+ in my book. You are so easy to work with & very knowledgeable! Whether it is my quarterly correspondence with Kim or my random interactions with Dawn about a bond … I am so pleased that I get to work with such a helpful company. Thank you!

Women's Choice Network, Pittsburgh, PA