As many saw on the news recently, Equifax, a top credit reporting agency, reported a massive data breach affecting over 143 million credit consumers. This breach has not affected our clients whose unemployment claims administration is provided by Equifax Workforce Solutions.
On September 07, 2017, Equifax reported massive data breach that affected over 143 million “credit” consumers. Equifax Workforce Solutions’ confidential data and IT platform was NOT penetrated. That means all information exchanged with Equifax Workforce Solutions by First Nonprofit Group clients is protected and all current systems in place are secure. To be clear, Equifax consumer credit division data and systems are completely separate from the Equifax Workforce Solutions.
A representative for Equifax Workforce Solutions has provided the following information: “Equifax has found no evidence that the cybersecurity incident announced on September 7, 2017, impacted Workforce Solutions databases. The employee data you provide to Workforce Solutions for Unemployment Claims Administration, I-9, Tax Form Management, ACA, and The Work Number payroll databases were not affected by this incident.”
Security of data is the essence of First Nonprofit Group’s vital service to its clients and our daily contact with Equifax Workforce Solutions and all third-party vendors will continue to include our priority for data security. “Equifax is conducting a complete review of their security operations to make sure this will never happen again.”
First Nonprofit Group remains vigilant on behalf of all clients and will continue to conduct on-going review of security operations.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns:
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The IRS is currently warning of a new twist on an old phishing scheme…
This new phishing scam tries to get you to download an FBI questionnaire. But if you click the link, your computer will be infected with ransomware. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the FBI. It generally looks like this ↓
Remember that the IRS does not use email, text messages, or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds.
THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK!
While Hurricane Harvey is quite a force, there is nothing like the strength of humanity. As stated by Barry Zyskind, Chairman, President and CEO of AmTrust Financial Services to AmTrust employees
We at AmTrust & your team at First Nonprofit Group (FNG) are committed to providing our clients, insureds and agents in Houston, Corpus Christi and other communities in Texas and Louisiana with the support and service they need to get back on their feet as soon as possible. We also want to provide aid to those that may need help. Our parent company, AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., has committed a $100,000 corporate donation to First Nonprofit Foundation which will identify and donate to nonprofits in the affected storm areas to aid them in long-term rebuilding efforts. In addition, AmTrust will match employee donations of FNG team and all employees in the AmTrust family of companies, to First Nonprofit Foundation up to an additional $100,000 providing up to another $200,000 to aid the Harvey recovery efforts.
First Nonprofit Foundation is a private grant-making organization, and certified 501c3 organization, that focuses on bolstering the nonprofit sector in the United States. AmTrust has been a long-time supporter.
Our hope is that the region, businesses, individuals, and those nonprofits who serve these areas affected by Hurricane Harvey will soon be back on their feet and thriving once again.
Mario J. Poretto
President and CEO, First Nonprofit Group
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, our partner, the Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations, has compiled a list of resources to assist those in need.
- To locate friends and family or to register yourself as safe
- Anyone needing help (not a life-threatening emergency): 211
- To find a shelter, visit www.Redcross.org/shelter or call 800-RED-CROSS
- To report a missing child, contact the National Emergency Child Locator Center: 866-908-9570
- To speak with a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990, visit http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
HARRIS COUNTY specific:
In addition to the resources listed above, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has a number of resources available to organizations in the wake of a disaster.
- The Disaster Philanthropy Playbook helps communities think through how a disaster will affect them and plan and prepare to respond when it happens. It is centered on 15 strategies, including community and economic recovery; education; health and behavioral health; aging and disabled populations; arts and culture; environment; and others.
- The Disaster Planning and Recovery Guide can also help you, your organizational partners or beneficiaries keep your services up and running.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy is launching the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund that will focus on providing medium to long-term recovery needs. You can read more about the fund here.
This list will be updated as needed on TANO’s resource page. Feel free to check back regularly for updates!
News of the devastation brought by the arrival of Hurricane Harvey to the Texas coast is terrible. We extend our sincerest thoughts and good wishes to our First Nonprofit Group’s members and all individuals who have been adversely effected and will continue to be. There is so much destruction and the need for help is so overwhelming, it is difficult for those outside of the area to decide when, where and how to best help.
To make matters worse internet scammers are now using the Hurricane Harvey disaster to trick people into clicking on links on Facebook, Twitter and phishing emails trying to solicit illegitimate “charitable” giving for the flood victims.
CyberheistNews Vol 7 #34, (August 28, 2017) article entitled “Scam of the Week: Hurricane Harvey Charity Fraud” cite the following examples
- Facebook pages dedicated to victim relief contain links to scam websites.
- Tweets are going out with links to charitable websites soliciting donations, but in reality include links to scam sites or links that lead to a malware infection.
- Phishing emails dropping in a user’s inbox asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Fund
Previous disasters have been exploited like this, and the bad guys are at it again. Be wary of anything online covering the Hurricane Harvey disaster in the following weeks. If you want to make a donation, go to the website of the charity of your choice and make a donation there. Type the address in your browser or use a bookmark. Do not click on any links in emails or texts you might get. Whatever you see in the coming weeks about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief… PLEASE THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.
Twitter, when used properly, can be a powerful tool for nonprofit organizations. Its platform is based in conversation and connection, allowing organizations to foster meaningful and unique relationships with their donors. Here are few tips to effectively use Twitter for your nonprofit.
Tweet on the weekends.
Many organizations in the nonprofit sector aren’t active on twitter on the weekends so the easiest way to uniquely stand out is by tweeting on the weekends. Scheduling tools like Buffer, Hootsuite, and TweetDeck make tweeting on the weekend’s simple. It’s advised to send at least one tweet on Saturday and Sunday.
Include links and multi-media in your tweets.
Tweets with links not only start a conversation but are said to have an 86% higher retweet rate. Including multi-media content like images and video also increases chances for engagement. More shares and retweets means there’s more eyes on specific content.
Retweeting other content related to your mission or organization is a good strategy to add stimulating conversation while actively engaging with donors and those in the nonprofit sector.
Create custom images.
For statistics and data, it’s helpful to create infographics to increase meaningful sharing. Also, to be fittingly recognized remember to include your organization’s logo.
Use hashtags sparingly.
Though it is helpful to use hashtags when tweeting, don’t overdo it. Overuse of hashtags can affect the retweet rate and make the effort appear as unwanted “spam”.
Consider these best practices when using Twitter as an effective and strategic communication tool. When done well and consistently, the chances of increasing organizational visibility on social media increases exponentially.
We hope these tips help increase your success!
First Nonprofit is pleased to disclose the new addition of Edgardo Jimenez to our professional services team! Edgardo will be working as an Administration & Service Clerk where he will be collecting, defining and dispensing critical data, distributing important mailings and accumulating, organizing and memorializing the multiple documents FNG must track for compliance. He previously worked for the City of Chicago in the City Clerk Office, the Finance Department and in Procurement Services where he honed his skills for the many duties he now has at FNG.
Edgardo graduated from both David Farragut High School and from the National Latino Education Institute for Phlebotomy. Since joining FNG in May, Ed says; “Every day I learn something new at First Nonprofit! My co-workers have created a very positive work environment which allows me to feel like an important part of a really good team.”
Edgardo is a native of Mexico City, Mexico and has lived in Chicago since he was 14 years old. He enjoys visiting Chicago’s beautiful beaches, going to the gym, playing soccer and watching short films. Ed is also a pet lover! “I have 10 Fischer Lovebirds. They are beautiful. My mom goes crazy because they make a lot of noise.”
Join us in welcoming Edgardo to FNG!
We would like to announce the addition of Angie Cruz to the First Nonprofit team! Angie comes to us with previous experience in accounting and the nonprofit sector, having performed accounting duties in accounts payable, accounts receivable and audit requests for The Resurrection Project and the San Jose Obrero Mission. In 2010, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago with concentrations in English and Spanish. At FNG, Angie is responsible for processing accounts payable and wages on all of our Bonded Service program accounts.
Of her new position at FNG, Angie says “I enjoy my position at First Nonprofit. Having worked in the nonprofit sector, I appreciate the work that FNG does to help organizations take advantage of the opportunity to save money, help with cash flow, and provide other supportive services. Also, my colleagues are very knowledgeable, cooperative and welcoming which is a big part of my enjoying coming to work every day”.
Born in Guanajuato, Mexico, Angie has called Chicago home since the age of 6. She enjoys visiting Ping Tom Memorial Park in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood and is an avid runner. “I ran the Chicago Marathon in 2014 which passes through 29 Chicago neighborhoods, plus I have been running a half-marathon every year since.”
We are proud to welcome Angie Cruz to First Nonprofit Group and ask you join us in welcoming her to our professional team!
For nonprofits, strategic financial management is essential for ensuring that organizations remain fiscally sustainable during changing times. Budget cuts, misuse of funds, and other unanticipated liabilities pose a huge future risk. Having a solid plan for how to respond to unexpected turmoil makes a world of difference. Here are a few tips for steadily managing nonprofit finances.
Develop a detailed plan to secure internal finances. It’s imperative to know exactly where money is coming from and a plan for how it will be used. Here are a few questions to answer when developing a financial strategy (courtesy of KnowHowNonprofit.org).
Where are we now?
What are our plans for the future?
How will we get there?
Do we know what the risks are and how we will manage these?
How will we manage the competing demands of spending against savings needed?
In additional to those questions above,the following will help in planning a solid financial strategy for your organization. How will the organization generate revenue or will it solely rely on gifts from donors?
The Importance of Cash Reserves
Having a nest egg is key for nonprofits that wish to grow and be financially healthy for the long-term. Many organizations regularly face uncertainty due to economic conditions and need operating reserve balances to ensure future working capital is available.
A budget is a financial plan that serves as a monthly guide and is crucial in managing short and long term cash flow. With budgeting, nonprofits can focus on long, and short term goals while managing organizational growth.
We hope you find these tips useful in structuring your nonprofit’s financial strategy.
As with any business, communication is key in keeping a donor base informed and engaged. Whether it’s on social media, through newsletters, or website, online communication is an important part of a marketing strategy. Here are a few tips on how to perfect online communications.
Feature social media follow icons at the top of your newsletter
Don’t make donors have to work to find you on social media. Prominently display follow icons at the top of your newsletter above any content and encourage donors to follow on social platforms. Also, don’t be shy with calls-to-action. Encourage followers to like, comment, share, or retweet content with which they identify.
Use hashtags, but not too many
Use hashtags in posts and include them in profile bios to increase visibility and raise awareness. The purpose of hashtags is to encourage storytelling and conversation, but never use more than two hashtags per post.
Create social media graphics for EVERYTHING
It’s been proven that all kinds of media see a higher engagement rate online. Try putting your latest report or announcement in a graphic and see the different it makes in reaching donors.
Respond to feedback
It’s especially important to have a system in place on how to handle queries or complaints that you may receive via social media. Promptly responding to complaints shows that you care about the concerns of donors.
These are just a few tips to help you better communicate your content to your donors. Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates from First Nonprofit Group.