Savings and Benefits for Nonprofits Across Arizona

March 8, 2021

Savings and Benefits for Nonprofits Across Arizona

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the filing of more than 60 million unemployment claims across the country. As organizations begin to re-open or shift operations to safely accomplish their missions, organizations should evaluate the impact of these claims to their 2021 budget and beyond.

Arizona’s average State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) tax rates increased by over 70% after the Great Recession (2007-2009) and remained at this increased average for years after.

  • The average SUI tax cost per employee was $93 in 2009 and reached $165 by 2012.
  • The $165 per employee average remained through 2019.


  • Prior to the pandemic, Arizona experienced about a 4.5% unemployment rate.
  • Arizona’s unemployment rate at the peak unemployment reached 13.4% by April 2020.


Arizona’s Department of Employment Security more in unemployment benefits since March 2020, than it paid during the entirety of the recent Great Recession.

  • Dec ’07 – June ’09 (19 months): $929 Million
  • Mar – Nov ’20 (8 months): $1.3 Million

Nonprofit, governmental and tribal entities have the option to opt out of these costs and enroll into one of First Nonprofit’s state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving programs. Organizations in Arizona have already saved over $2 million!

First Nonprofit established FNPACCESS to help provide our customers with additional savings through our partnerships with the following vendors:


CommonWealth Purchasing Group

Coeus Global

Click here to learn more about FNPACCESS.

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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

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

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. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.


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.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Chicago, IL

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