Meet the First Nonprofit Staff: Joanna Hornbeck

November 4, 2014

Meet the First Nonprofit Staff: Joanna Hornbeck

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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In addition to their money-saving purpose on behalf of nonprofit organizations like AHS, First Nonprofit’s Nonprofit Unemployment Fund
streamlines the information we need to efficiently manage unemployment claims. Our relationship with NU Fund gave us access to such things as advice on planning for what’s ahead and how to analyze cost scenarios when unexpected events occurred. Both experiences were very helpful.

Asian Health Services, Oakland, CA

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

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