Partner Spotlight: New York Council of Nonprofits

March 4, 2015

Partner Spotlight: New York Council of Nonprofits

“The Soapbox and Toolbox for New York State’s Nonprofits”


The New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON) has been a crucial voice, supporter and source of information for all nonprofit organizations in New York State since 1927. This association is also an excellent resource for for-profit businesses and individuals, as well as communities in need of technical assistance services or special projects.

NYCON’s more than 3,000 members have access to a variety of services. In addition to governance and operations support, this association offers educational events, group purchasing, discount programs, employee benefits and insurance programs. NYCON members also become members of the National Council of Nonprofits, the national voice of nonprofits.

NYCON partnered with First Nonprofit Group (FNG) in 2006 to provide their members with a safe alternative to the high cost of State Unemployment Taxes (SUTA). Since then, FNG’s own Vice President of Member Services, Cecilia Piazza, along with NYCON’s Vice President of Membership and Marketing, Valerie Venezia, have travelled throughout the state educating nonprofits about their unemployment options as well as sharing best practices of unemployment claims handling and documentation. Today, more than 100 organizations have saved millions on state unemployment taxes through our unemployment programs.

In the clip below, Doug Sauer, Chief Executive Officer of NYCON and First Nonprofit Unemployment Savings Program Board Member, speaks about our partnership.  For a complete list of all FNG partners,  click here . For more information about NYCON membership, visit their website,

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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