July 26, 2017
We are pleased to spotlight First Nonprofit Unemployment Savings Program member, Blue Water Developmental Housing (BWDH)! BWDH provides a variety of housing and support services through CARF*-accredited residential and community based programs in Marysville, Michigan for people with special needs and those involved in their lives.
Since its founding in 1976, BWDH has empowered, educated and supported individuals with disabilities through a variety of services, including their Residential Program. The Program offers community living in family-like settings of its ten group homes in two counties and 16 supportive living arrangements. The homes administer an array of social, medical and health services to over 200 individuals. Staff also assist individuals with Skill Training in order for them to develop the tools necessary to live as independently as possible.
Through the Enriching Community Life Program, para-professional staff provide community-based support that is designed by the individual using a person-centered planning process. Individuals have the opportunity to choose from a variety of curriculum based skill sessions. Each session provides “real life” experiences to increase individual skills such as problem-solving techniques and to establish connections in the community.
In 2013, First Nonprofit Group estimated a 2014 SUTA cost of $47,265 for Blue Water Developmental Housing. As a member of our Unemployment Savings Program BWDH would only pay $27,659 that same year. By enrolling, BWDH had an immediate cash savings of $19,606 in 2014 and has saved over $179,451 through 2017 with First Nonprofit. That’s over a 60% savings!
We look forward to many more years of success with Blue Water Developmental Housing! For more information on their services, please visit their website: http://www.bwdh.org/.
* Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
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!
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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!