Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Marshall Whittey

March 17, 2014

Meet The First Nonprofit Staff: Marshall Whittey

Hailing from “The Biggest Little City in The World,” Marshall Whittey left Reno for Chicago three-and-a-half years ago to join First Nonprofit Group as regional sales director. Marshall earned a bachelor of science degree at the University of Nevada-Reno, where he then became a sales manager for a flooring and tiling company that focused on new home construction.

“We were the new kids on the block in Reno,” Marshall said. “We started with just 5 employees and grew to be more than 400 in one year.”

Since coming to Chicago, Marshall admits that he misses much of the beauty of the Reno area, such as the views of the mountains and lakes. He says the Chicago buildings and skyline make up for the loss of mountains to some extent, but the flatland has taken some getting used to.

Ironically, after leaving the mountainous region where he was born and raised, Marshall has started to snowboard again in the Midwest. While it’s not the same as the slopes outside of Reno, he has enjoyed rekindling his interest in the sport at ski hills in Wisconsin.  He also enjoys wakeboarding and staying physically active. Marshall is excited to compete in his third Tough Mudder race this year, and has even convinced some co-workers at First Nonprofit to give the challenge a try.

Working with organizations in the nonprofit sector
Marshall is happy that he earns his living at a company that helps nonprofits save money, allowing them to allocate more funding to their causes and missions.

“It’s nice to help nonprofits save money and know they can use it for their programs,” he said. “That’s what got me excited about leaving what I was doing to come and work with First Nonprofit Group. I wanted to work with them, and in my own way, do something that can help these dedicated organizations.”

Marshall said that First Nonprofit Group is like a family-run business in a sense because it develops strong relationships with its clients. He also does an extensive amount of traveling, serving organizations from Lincoln, Nebraska to Miami, Florida. He said his favorite part about traveling is having the opportunity to meet many new people and to learn more about their work.


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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