Insurance agents: Save nonprofit clients up to 40 percent on state UI costs

April 23, 2014

Insurance agents: Save nonprofit clients up to 40 percent on state UI costs

Insurance agents who want to help their nonprofit clients save money and protect them financially from increasing unemployment insurance costs can assist these organizations in opting out of state unemployment insurance (UI) tax pools. 501c3 nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies have the option to self-insure and not pay via the tax method that all for-profit companies follow. This self-insurance designation, called reimbursing, allows nonprofits to avoid the volatility and price increases associated with state UI tax pools.

First Nonprofit Group provides alternative funding and risk management programs for nonprofits that maximize the savings of being a reimbursing employer while also mitigating the risk and difficulty of self-insuring. Organizations across the country have saved as much as 40 percent on their annual UI costs with savings programs from First Nonprofit Group.

Their cost-saving solutions are available to organizations with at least 10 employees and located in all 50 states. Any governmental employers and all 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible. First Nonprofit Group currently has more than 1,600 organizations in its various programs, covering more than 300,000 employees.

All nonprofits benefit from alternative measures for UI funding
Regardless of the size or mission of a nonprofit, opting out of state UI pools provides a significant reduction in UI costs. First Nonprofit Group has offered savings to a wide variety of organizations across the country. Below are a few examples of members in First Nonprofit Group's programs and their savings.

  • A housing services organization with 64 employees reduced its UI costs with First Nonprofit Group from $21,766 annually to $9,981, a savings of nearly $12,000.
  • A child services organization with 333 employees made annual contributions of $88,824 to state tax pools. The organization's annual cost dropped to $54,700 with membership in a First Nonprofit Group plan, saving more than $34,000.
  • Joining a First Nonprofit Group program saved an educational services organization with 172 employees almost 50 percent on its UI costs. Instead of annual state tax payments of $199,728, the organization is now saving nearly $95,000 with a total annual payment of $105,000.

Nonprofit organizations change over time, as do their needs, that's why there are four options that insurance agents can help nonprofit clients choose from: a Bonded Service Program, an Unemployment Savings Program, Excess Loss Insurance and Surety Bonds. Unlike the State Unemployment Tax Fund, agents are eligible to receive commission for products. 

For information on how your nonprofit clients can cost-effectively meet their unemployment insurance needs, contact First Nonprofit Group at or visit


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First Nonprofit has saved us so much money over the state’s program. We had one little glitch with the state recently and we contacted FNP immediately. FNP staff called us back immediately and moved to remedy the problem.

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