Arizona nonprofits have a great opportunity to save money, become more efficient

July 22, 2014

Arizona nonprofits have a great opportunity to save money, become more efficient

Nonprofits in the Copper State have a unique opportunity to attend a vendor fair featuring products and services geared toward the unique needs of charitable groups without having to leave the office. The virtual vendor fair, organized by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, provides convenient resources for organizations that want to explore the many different options for improving organizational efficiency and saving money. Programs and services being showcased at the fair range from streamlining telecommunications to improving risk management and finding safe, less-expensive alternatives to paying state unemployment taxes (SUTA). All members of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits are encouraged to participate.

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, an organization founded to champion the common interests of the more than 20,000 charitable organizations located in the state, is in its tenth year of operation. The group distinguishes itself as an "alliance" and not simply an "organization" or "association" because it focuses on taking action to improve the conditions for nonprofits in Arizona in a number of different ways. Along with the networking and training opportunities presented by joining the Alliance, it also coalesces the power of individual members into creating group discounts for products and services used by nonprofits, as well as advocating for group members in both the state legislature and the general public. To learn more about the Alliance and to join, follow this link.

What to look for at the fair
First Nonprofit Group is currently hosting an online booth at the fair to exhibit their range of alternate solutions for dealing with SUTA obligations. These offerings, such as Excess Loss Insurance and Unemployment Savings Programs, allow nonprofits to avoid the sharing and pooling that is integral to SUTA. Instead, organizations can elect to become reimbursing employers and directly compensate any jobless claims on a dollar-for-dollar basis. First Nonprofit Group's options allow charitable groups to maintain confidence that they can deal with potential spikes in claims while having much more control over their funds. Arizona nonprofits that signed up to use First Nonprofit Group's services in 2014 have realized an average savings on SUTA obligations of 37 percent.

Beyond First Nonprofit Group's offering, approximately 20 other organizations will be participating as well. Additionally, a scavenger hunt sponsored by First Nonprofit Group and four other participants is part of the event, with prizes ranging from a Kindle Fire TV to Target and Amazon gift cards. To learn more, visit the fair's entry page here.

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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

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

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New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

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Thresholds, 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.

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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.

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