California: Call for Executive & Legislative Support

June 4, 2020

California: Call for Executive & Legislative Support

As nonprofits face unprecedented financial challenges due to COVID-19, your action is needed in requesting the State of California to waive the remaining 50% reimbursable unemployment charges after the 50% provided in the CARES Act. Contact Governor Newsom’s Office and legislators via phone and email asking the following:


We are requesting a waiver from the State of California’s requirement that reimbursing employers reimburse the State for unemployment charges when those charges are for COVID-19 related unemployment claims.


FIRST please contact your Assemblymember and Senator which can be found at the following site: Once you identify your legislators, call the Capitol Office and email asking for their support. It is crucial to let them know that many nonprofits will go bankrupt if the State of California does not grant this waiver.


SECOND, email Governor’s Newsom’ staff:

1. Sharon Hilliard


California Employment Development Department

2. Stuart Thompson

Legislative Deputy

3. Julie Su


California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

THIRD call and email the following key Assemblymembers and their staff that are members of the budget committees:

1. Assemblymember Phil Ting

Chair, Assembly Budget Committee

Phone: (916) 319-2099

Christian Griffith, Chief Consultant,

Irene Ho, Chief of Staff,

2. Assemblymember Jim Cooper

Chair, Assembly Sub 4 State Administration

Phone: (916) 319 2009

Farra Bracht, Consultant,

Lisa Ramer, Chief of Staff,

FOURTH call and email the following key Senators and their staff that are members of the budget committees:

1. Senator Holly Mitchell

Chair, Senate Budget Committee

Phone: (916) 651-4103

Joe Stephenshaw, Staff Director,

Tiffani Alvidrez, Chief of Staff,

2. Senator Anna Caballero

Chair, Senate Sub 4 on State Administration and General Government

Phone: 916 651 4012

Anita Lee, Consultant,

Aracely Campa, Chief of Staff,

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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