501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations

501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations

501(c)(3) Nonprofits

Secure SUI Options for Your 501(c)(3)

An unemployment insurance program that includes risk management and claims administration is essential to keeping 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations safe from needless unemployment costs. While opting out of paying state unemployment insurance (SUI) taxes is a relatively easy process, the decision to change unemployment financing should be accompanied by a well-thought-out strategic plan on how to pay for future unemployment claims and limit claim liability.

501(c)(3) nonprofits that elect to opt out of SUI taxes are solely responsible for future, unfunded unemployment benefit charges payable (at the state’s discretion) to former employees. Moreover, making that reimbursing election involves a larger fiduciary responsibility for protecting against future unexpected losses.

First Nonprofit partners with third-party claims administrators and provides state-compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUI requirements for nonprofit entities. Nationally, more than 2,000 organizations with over half a million employees rely on First Nonprofit to reduce, manage, and safeguard their organization from unanticipated unemployment insurance expenses.

Our customers include 501(c)(3):

  • Social service organizations
  • Education
  • Charter and private schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Charitable foundations
  • Healthcare, hospitals, and hospices
  • Mental health and behavioral services
  • Religious charities
Family 501c3 Nonprofits

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We first started using First Nonprofit’s Unemployment Savings Program when we were a small startup nonprofit.  We didn’t have an HR department and needed expertise in the event that an unemployment claim was made.  We knew we were eligible to be a reimbursing employer, but weren’t sure how to navigate that process.  They made it easy to set things up, plan for, and then manage claims when they came at a very reasonable cost. The amount of time and stress they’ve saved us dealing with all this has been worth way more than the cost.  We’ve now grown to a large nonprofit and do have an HR department but have no plans to stop using their services.  I highly recommend them to every nonprofit I come into contact with!


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

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

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.

Thresholds, Chicago, IL

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

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

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

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