The Top 10 Reasons 501c3 Nonprofit, Governmental, and Tribal Entities Choose First Nonprofit

August 31, 2020

The Top 10 Reasons 501c3 Nonprofit, Governmental, and Tribal Entities Choose First Nonprofit



  1. You’ll Save Money!
    If your 501c3 nonprofit, governmental, or tribal entity is paying state
    unemployment insurance (SUI) taxes, you are most likely overpaying for
    unemployment insurance. By making the switch* to one of First Nonprofit’s
    unemployment programs, our new 2020 customers saved an average of 33%!
  2. We offer flexibility.
    Employers change over time, as do their needs. First Nonprofit offers program
    options: Bonded Service Program, Unemployment Savings Program, NU
    Fund. All of our alternatives to the tax method maximize savings and eliminate
    the challenges of reimbursing.
  3. We’re ‘Excellent’!
    All of our programs are insured by AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. insurers,
    rated “A-” (Excellent) Financial Size “V” for their financial strength, by
    A.M. Best, a credit rating organization dedicated to serving the insurance
  4. We’ve got experts.
    As a member, you’ll have day-to-day assistance from professionals trained in
    unemployment issues and state-specific agency procedures. This will save
    your staff valuable time and money on technical, claims processing, and
    audit/reporting services.
  5. It’s all about you.
    All fees are based exclusively on your organization’s unemployment
    experience and employment profile. There are no pooled losses or shared
    experiences like those found in SUI tax or trust programs.
  6. You’ll improve cash flow.
    Employers paying SUI tax make the largest contributions during first and
    second quarters. First Nonprofit program customers normally make four fixed
    equal payments over the course of the year.
  7. We’ll handle all state paperwork.
    To guarantee seamless transition into our state compliant programs,
    experienced staff will process all necessary paperwork to setup your reimbursing
    account with all applicable state unemployment agencies. This includes posting
    all required collateral at no additional cost!
  8. You’ll be in good company.
    Our nationwide programs are endorsed and recognized by over 30 national
    and state nonprofit associations. More than 2,100 nonprofit organizations
    across the country, representing all sectors of the nonprofit, governmental,
    and tribal communities, rely on us.
  9. It’s easy!
    Our application process is simple: To find out how much money you can save,
    request a free savings quote at
  10. There is no better time than now.
    According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employers pay an average of
    $1.22 in SUI taxes for every $1.00 paid out in unemployment insurance
    benefits. Opt-out of these over payments in 2020


*Already reimbursing (self-insured)? No problem! Our programs will minimize the risk associated with being a self-insured employer, provide a fixed annual cost and remove the uncertainty of your exposure.

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CCSCT was approached by First NonProfit to discuss its Unemployment Savings Program and ways the program could significantly reduce the amount of unemployment taxes we were paying. At the time, our agency was paying approximately $80,000 per year. First NonProfit conducted an analysis to determine if making the switch would be in our best interest, and it clearly was based on our circumstances. The first year on the program, CCSCT saw a 70% reduction in its unemployment costs and each year, continues to experience further reductions as a result of having minimal claims. Some additional benefits of the program including having a fixed annual cost, an interest-baring reserve account, professional unemployment claims management and representation at all unemployment hearings. This has been one of the best decisions we have made.

Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc., Seguin, TX

We first started using First Nonprofit’s Unemployment Savings Program when we were a small startup nonprofit.  We didn’t have an HR department and needed expertise in the event that an unemployment claim was made.  We knew we were eligible to be a reimbursing employer, but weren’t sure how to navigate that process.  They made it easy to set things up, plan for, and then manage claims when they came at a very reasonable cost. The amount of time and stress they’ve saved us dealing with all this has been worth way more than the cost.  We’ve now grown to a large nonprofit and do have an HR department but have no plans to stop using their services.  I highly recommend them to every nonprofit I come into contact with!


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