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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Working with Marshal Whittey at First Nonprofit has been a great experience. He handles our request as a priority and goes above and beyond to resolve any issues we have in a timely manner. Marshall follows through to the end and ensures our needs are met. He has been a great resource for LSC and our “go to” for any tax questions we may have. With LSC transitioning several facilities into one federal tax identification number, First Nonprofit was able to assist and provide guidance with best practices resolving claims to each entity. Additionally First Nonprofit provided knowledge (information materials) and one on one training to HRS group with best practices to handle claims state adjudicated, fraudulent claims, and appeals. And processing information in the First Nonprofit [unemployment claims] system allows for timely information can be collected.

Lutheran Services Carolinas, Salisbury, NC

My experience with FNP has been wonderful. Unemployment in general is quite confusing and FNP has simplified the process for us. Everyone we have reached out to or worked with has been very helpful and follows up to be sure we understand the information. I am so happy we made the switch to FNP!

Stone Valley Community Charter School, Huntingdon, PA

First Nonprofit smoothed the unemployment perils for our organization during Covid. Without the ability to cap our UI exposure, we would not have been able to weather the storm. The program worked perfectly and we have come out of the pandemic ready to forge on. Thanks FNP!

Jewish Silicon Valley, Los Gatos, CA

My experience with the FNP has been fantastic. The idea of setting funds aside for the unemployment tax liability is a bedrock for nonprofit organizations like mine, namely ASHBA; what is even more advantageous is having the FNP as a custodian of those funds. 100% recommended!

American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association, Inc., Lexington, KY

I would like to comment on my experience with FNP….to date our District has saved $1,000’s of dollars by being enrolled in the First Nonprofit program. My only regret is that we did not know about this method of paying unemployment tax years ago….as I had figured about five years

ago, had we enrolled 15-20 years ago, we could have saved our small school district upwards of $500,000 in payments to IDES. Also we would have had a pretty hefty sum of money in our Reserve Account. Thankfully I attended a workshop hosted by First Nonprofit back in 2015 which got the ball rolling!

Beardstown Community Unit School District 15, Beardstown, IL

I have worked with the First Non-Profit Team for many years, and I appreciate the quick response and care that Cecilia and the team provides anytime I have questions. While there are other providers that may provide like services, First Nonprofit will always be my first choice! I appreciate you!

Innovative Services, Inc., Green Bay, WI

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

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