In Memoriam: Phil Merriman

February 26, 2019

In Memoriam: Phil Merriman

It is with great sadness that we dedicate this issue to our friend, Phil Merriman, one of the founding members of the First Nonprofit Unemployment Savings Program, who passed away on February 8, 2019. Phil was vital in the development of our program and served as a member of our Board of Supervisors for several terms. He was also one of the driving forces behind First Nonprofit Insurance Company, where he served as Chairman of the Board for several years. Phil was a leading figure in the nonprofit community for over fifty years having held positions that included Executive Director, United Way of Suburban Chicago, & President, United Way of Illinois. His career was highlighted by United Way creating an outstanding professional award, which is named in his honor. He will be missed by all at First Nonprofit and we can all be thankful to him for a life well lived in the service of others.

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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

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.

Hugh Parry, Retired President of Prevent Blindness America