November 4, 2014
Nearing her first-year anniversary with First Nonprofit Group, Joanna Hornbeck has thrived helping nonprofits find cost-efficient ways to handle their unemployment obligations and save money on what can be an often disregarded and expensive financial obligation. As a sales and marketing assistant, she supports getting get the word out about the unemployment savings and insurance programs offered by First Nonprofit. Joanna is also acutely involved with the financial side of business development while gaining skills in her first full-time job since graduating from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.
“I really like it,” Joanna said. “I think it’s a wonderful first job to have and everyone has been very welcoming. So far working here has been a really great experience.”
With involvement in nonprofits throughout her college career – including three different summer internships – Joanna gained valuable experience serving different charitable organizations and other groups similar to those First Nonprofit Group serves. Since, she has rapidly absorbed new skills and knowledge and extended her capabilities in her first year at the company.
“Working for a great company where you’re helping so many nonprofits is definitely enormously gratifying,” she said.
A typical day for Joanna involves a variety of diverse tasks. She has expanded her financial expertise and now creates quotes for prospective clients as well as assists with her new expertise in underwriting efforts. She has become an integral member of the marketing team by assembling marketing materials, organizing sales campaigns and coordinating advertising for webinars and in-person conferences. Her position gives Joanna a little taste of First Nonprofit Group’s ‘s entire business development effort. As she gains more varied business experience the interesting variety of her current responsibilities will necessarily expand.
Outside the office
Hailing from Bethesda, Maryland, right outside of Washington, D.C., Joanna attended Denison University and wanted a significant change of pace as she launched her professional career. Living in Chicago has been great as she’s maintained her interest in soccer by playing in local leagues, and simultaneously meeting new friends. Joanna also volunteers occasionally at animal shelters in the city and, while she doesn’t have any pets, her roommate has a black lab named Ned that she loves. An annual highlight for Joanna is the vacation with her extended family in Beulah, a small town in northern Michigan located just north of Traverse City.
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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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
First Nonprofit has been easy to work with and makes the administrative process easier and smoother. We enjoy working with you.
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!