Meet The Staff: Linda Kirk

August 25, 2015

Meet The Staff: Linda Kirk

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.

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Testimonials

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