First Nonprofit Operations and Families First Relief Package Update

March 18, 2020

First Nonprofit Operations and Families First Relief Package Update

As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19, we want to assure you that First Nonprofit (FNP) remains fully operational. Our team began working remotely yesterday and only a few of us will visit our office for limited periods of time for the near future.

There continues to be various new legislation pending that we are monitoring very closely. To clarify, the Families First Relief Package proposed by the House has not been passed the Senate. Therefore, the laws concerning eligibility at the state level still apply. Some states have altered eligibility but the vast majority have not. Please contact your unemployment claims administrator for more state specific eligibility information.

From what we have gathered from AUTO (Association of Unemployment Tax Organizations) and our chief lobbying group at UWC (Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation), the Senate did not feel it was enough support for the business community. In addition, UWC shared that we will need to be vocal as a group by advocating to our respective Congressional reps and Senators to treat all employers equally with respect to non-charging of benefits paid in lieu of the COVID-19 impact. The majority of the initial legislation does not apply to or provides very little support for the issues facing nonprofit, tribal and government entities and their employees as a result of the COVID-19. FNP is working with UWC and other nonprofit and public sector associations to encourage equal treatment for all employers with regard to the Families First Coronavirus Response Act or any revision to it that ultimately passes both Houses of Congress and is signed is by the President. We will keep you updated, including posting information on our website and service bulletins, as things evolve.

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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