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What You Need to Know About Giving Tuesday 2017

What you need to know about Giving Tuesday 2017 v2

November 28th marks the global day of giving known as Giving Tuesday. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and Black Friday, nonprofits are gearing up for the charitable season with community events, social campaigns and much more. According to the official Giving Tuesday website, this year over 177,000,000 has been raised in over 98 countries.

Join the movement and register your nonprofit

When you register your nonprofit at www.givingtuesday.com as an official partner, you have to opportunity to be featured on their national platform.

Download materials and resources

There are a ton of free resources and tool kits available on the #GivingTuesday website. Use these materials to help promote your nonprofits campaign.

Connect with other organizations

It’s helpful to know what other organizations are participating in #GivingTuesday. The official website makes it easy to connect with organizations locally and globally.

Whatever your plans are for #GivingTuesday this year, make sure to take these necessary steps to amplify your campaign and increase the your donor dollars!

By The Numbers: AmTrust Financial’s Hurricane Relief Efforts

Since the devastation from Hurricane Harvey and Irma hit the southern region, AmTrust has been committed to supporting our clients and insureds in the effected areas and help them get back on their feet. In September,  AmTrust announced a corporate donation of $100,000 to the First Nonprofit Foundation to assist with relief efforts in addition to an employee match contribution up to $200,000.

Here’s a look at the total amount raised for our Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts.

Amtrust Hurricane Relief numbers

In total, AmTrust Financial contributed $403,676 to Hurricane relief efforts! We will continue to help bring relief and hope to those in need throughout the rebuilding process.

AmTrust Financial Named as a NorthCoast 99 Best Places to Work Winner for 2017

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Our parent company, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. was honored as one of the top companies to work for in Northeast Ohio at the NorthCoast 99 Best Places to Work awards ceremony in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. ERC, the organization that runs the NorthCoast 99, recognizes great places to work for top performing people who drive results, provide competitive advantages and allow businesses to innovate and grow.

“AmTrust is a significant employer in Northeast Ohio and we are honored to be recognized as part of the NorthCoast 99 this year,” said Elizabeth Ahmed, Senior VP and Chief Human Resources Officer for AmTrust Financial. “We’re committed to providing our local employees, and other AmTrust employees worldwide, with best in class health and well-being benefits, innovative plan designs and additional incentives to support them and their families.”

Click here to learn more about this recognition!

 

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Maryland

MD Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Washington, D.C.

DC Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Delaware

DE Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 239-8385 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

Fast Unemployment Cost Facts for Missouri

MO Fact Sheet

What do state unemployment tax (SUTA) costs, claims costs and wage base amounts mean to your organization?

These factors could mean less money for your cause.

First Nonprofit Group provides state compliant, individually insured, cost-saving options to satisfy SUTA requirements for nonprofit, governmental and tribal entities. Click here or call (312) 627-7729 to request a free, no-obligation cost savings evaluation. Evaluations include a 2018 rate projection!

New Association Partner: Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

 

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First Nonprofit Group is proud to announce our new partnership with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MN). It is MNN’s mission to strengthen the nonprofit community through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity building. MNN has more than 650 nonprofit members from every region of the Commonwealth.

We look forward to helping our newest partner and its members save money on their State Unemployment Insurance costs to free up funding that can be used in other areas of operation to help individuals and families throughout Massachusetts.

To learn more about the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, please visit their website: http://massnonprofitnet.org/

Drug Tests May Determine Some Unemployment Eligibility

On the last day of March 2017, President Donald Trump signed legislation that will grant states more leeway to drug test unemployment insurance applicants for benefit eligibility and job readiness.

Historically, states haven’t drug tested people seeking unemployment benefits because the Social Security Act (SSA) hasn’t allow agencies to restrict factors that are not related to the “fact or cause” of a worker’s unemployment. Many lawmakers have been seeking to allow states to drug test applicants as a condition of receiving unemployment compensation (UC) benefits.

In 2012 an amendment to the SSA allowed states to drug test unemployment compensation applicants as a condition of eligibility in the following limited circumstances:

  • If they were fired by their last employer for unlawful drug use.
  • If they were seeking jobs in occupations that regularly drug test.

Then in 2016, a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) rule narrowly defined the “occupations” for which drug testing was permitted as those for which testing is required by federal or state law. That DOL ruling allowed drug testing for:

  • Occupations that require carrying firearms
  • Occupations that require operating vehicles that transport passengers.
  • Flight crews
  • Railroad crew members
  • Air traffic controllers.

On March 31, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed legislation to nullify the 2016 U.S. Department of Labor rule that narrowly limited the circumstances under which drug testing may be carried out by states in administering their unemployment insurance systems.

This most recent legislation now expands those DOL regulations so that all states are cleared to explicitly deny unemployment insurance benefits to applicants who lost their job due to illegal drug use, and establish a state’s ability to conduct a drug testing program as a condition of eligibility. As of now, 20 states deny unemployment insurance benefits to applicants who lost their job due to illegal drug use.

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