February 25, 2015
Kimberly Dass joined First Nonprofit Group’s staff six years ago, bringing years of experience in both accounting and banking to our team. Kimberly, Director of Operations, oversees the accounting department for First Nonprofit’s unemployment insurance programs. Her work is vital to keeping the Unemployment Savings Program and the Bonded Service Program running smoothly and efficiently. Kimberly also manages client satisfaction and she truly succeeds at keeping clients happy.
Kimberly has seven years of banking experience as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Chicago’s Northeastern Illinois University. She also made a brief appearance working in accounting for a fitness company before she heard about First Nonprofit’s position through word-of-mouth. “Dealing with numbers, the people, and being downtown in a fun environment are my favorite aspects of the job,” she says.
We asked Kim to tell share two frequently asked questions she receives from members and her responses:
“We are excited to announce that Unemployment Savings Program members will soon have access to this information online. In the meantime, call us at 800-526-4352, ext. 393048 for this information. We also have the ability to send a reserve balance reports to our members automatically on a quarterly or monthly basis via email. Contact us to sign-up to receive these reports.”
“Invoices are mailed at the beginning of each quarter and are due within 30 days. In the Unemployment Savings Program, members are in billed equal quarterly deposits throughout the calendar year. Deposits are underwritten at the beginning of each calendar year. To receive your invoices via email, sign-up for paperless billing by submitting this form.”
Outside of the office, Kimberly adores spending time with her 14 month year old son, Nikhil. Chicago born and raised, Kimberly and her husband recently moved out to the suburbs to have more space for their growing family, as she is expecting a baby girl this summer! As a family, they love going to the Exploratorium in Skokie that has seasonal exhibits for kids of all different ages—a hands-on learning experience for everyone.
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.
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.
In addition to their money-saving purpose on behalf of nonprofit organizations like AHS, First Nonprofit’s Nonprofit Unemployment Fund streamlines the information we need to efficiently manage unemployment claims. Our relationship with NU Fund gave us access to such things as advice on planning for what’s ahead and how to analyze cost scenarios when unexpected events occurred. Both experiences were very helpful.
We have had a great experience with FNP. During Covid, when there was the chance that reimbursable nonprofits would have to pay 50% of the unemployment costs, FNP went to bat for us. We would receive weekly information on the Unemployment claim and how they were working to reduce the costs to reimbursable nonprofits. They have a great service also working with [our claims administrator] to make sure all the paperwork is completed correctly for any unemployment claim.
PORT Health Services has had a great experience with the Unemployment Savings Program offered through First Nonprofit. Throughout the years we have been involved in the program, we have increased our reserve account significantly through this program and find the reporting we receive both timely and useful. We look forward to our continued involvement with this program and our connection with First Nonprofit for many years to come.
Job One was spending a lot of money on unemployment. Our insurance broker, Mark Simcosky, recommended that we switch over to First Nonprofit. We did just that! This switch has been a huge savings for us! This switch saved us over $10,000 in the first year. Their customer service is Superior! Any time we have a question, we get a response very quickly. Any time we send them a report and they have a question; they call rather than just assuming. They were very responsive during COVID, even when they were in crisis mode their selves. They also were always there when we needed during COVID and very helpful! We would 1,000% recommend First Nonprofit to anybody that could benefit from it!
My experience with FNP has always been positive. Every time I have had to contact them, I’m always put in contact with a friendly and knowledgeable person. If something is missing from our account, they reach out to us to request it. It’s nice to work with a company that makes sure our account is current. I would recommend them to any nonprofit looking to reduce their unemployment insurance costs.
We’ve saved tens of thousands of dollars PER YEAR by changing to become a reimbursing employer, freeing funds for much needed capital investment. FNP has been a valued partner in this process, providing assurance that we have stopgap coverage for extraordinary claims and keeping claims response painless and simple. It’s a huge Win/Win!