August 25, 2015
Linda Kirk, Administrative Assistant, has been an integral member of the First Nonprofit Group team for over 17 years. While the company has developed and its course has shifted over the years, Linda has always been a key member of the unemployment insurance department. Her dedication and resourcefulness has made Linda an expert at helping nonprofits around the country save significantly on their State Unemployment Insurance (SUI) costs.
When she was first hired, Linda assumed the responsibility of a variety of different tasks, from accounting and state agency coordination, to managing client records for the Unemployment Savings Program. When the Bonded Service Program was introduced, Linda became a vital component of all new member onboarding. Plus, when a nonprofit organization joins one of our money saving programs (whether the Bonded Service Program or the Unemployment Savings Program), the new member must change their unemployment tax status with their respective state agency. Linda successfully manages and accomplishes this conversion and accompanying paperwork before the state deadline to ensure that new clients are able to benefit from our programs as soon as possible. With Linda’s expertise our nonprofit clients are able to save as much money possible on their SUI costs, which can be better applied towards furthering their missions.
When asked about the favorite part of her job, Linda’s response was simple: “Everything!” Her daily tasks helping mission-driven nonprofits and working closely with her colleagues on the First Nonprofit team makes her job enjoyable, very important and worthwhile.
Outside of the office, Linda loves relaxing and enjoying the gorgeous container garden in her backyard on the west side of Chicago. Reading in her gazebo and maintaining that garden is how she relaxes the most throughout beautiful city summers.
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!