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When catastrophes happen, Employees 1st is there. Working with companies and co-workers, we make cash grants to employees who are coping with catastrophic difficulties, whether it's after a disaster or personal hardships during more normal times. A worker whose family member has cancer, for instance, may get a grant to cover expenses for housing near a faraway hospital. Or an employee who loses a home to a fire could get money for temporary housing. Employees 1st is an affiliate of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which knows how to help workers. The Foundation partnered with companies after Hurricane Katrina and the Great Flood of 2016 to make employee assistance grants of more than $20 million. Employees 1st is not only here to assist after disasters. We know that trouble finds people no matter when. 

 

   

When businesses wanted to help their employees after the Great Flood, they opened charitable accounts with Employees 1st. More than $7 million was granted, with our Employees 1st staff managing donations, applications and grants. 

The Foundation made grants to deepwater rig workers affected by the Gulf oil leak. We managed a $100 million gift from BP to rig workers and nonprofits across the Gulf Coast

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Who We Are


Assemble the team before you need it.

Who We Are


Assemble the team before you need it.

Employees 1st is a charitable service provided by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, whose assets of more than $600 million rank it among the top 20 of more than 700 community foundations in the country. Operating for more than 50 years, the Foundation manages charitable savings accounts, managing the funds and guiding grants to nonprofits across the world.

Employees 1st partners with companies to provide short-term financial assistance to their workers who are faced with unexpected catastrophes not covered by insurance. It was created by and is an affiliate of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which has a solid record of success in managing employee assistance funds. After Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation created and managed employee assistance funds for 16 companies. After the Great Flood  of 2016, Employees 1st managed issued more than $7 million in grants to more than 3,000 employees representing about 80 companies and agencies.

Among them were Emeril Lagasse Restaurants, Oreck Vacuums, Whitney National Bank and McIlhenny Co., the maker of Tabasco pepper sauce. Employers relied on the Foundation to deliver more than $8.5 million in aid to hundreds of uprooted workers after Katrina. After the well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, BP chose the Foundation to manage a $100 million donation. This money was used to assist deepwater rig workers who had suddenly seen their incomes reduced, or vanish altogether, as a result of the federal halt on deepwater drilling.

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What We Do


Once a fund is established, Employees 1st manages the fund for the company by:

• Vetting the application process 

• Reporting balance and usage 

• Marketing the program to employees 

• Reporting year-end tax donations

• Creating an easy application and donor portal

• Providing online access for fundraising and contributions

Read some examples below...

 

 

 

What We Do


Once a fund is established, Employees 1st manages the fund for the company by:

• Vetting the application process 

• Reporting balance and usage 

• Marketing the program to employees 

• Reporting year-end tax donations

• Creating an easy application and donor portal

• Providing online access for fundraising and contributions

Read some examples below...

 

 

 

After the Great Flood

The Great Flood of 2016 brought more rain than the drains could move and the land could absorb. We all know that tens of thousands of people were pushed out of their flooded homes. 

Wanting to help their employees, about 80 companies and government agencies established emergency assistance accounts with Employees 1st. They put money in the accounts and asked others, such as vendors, to contribute too. Employees 1st did the rest, from managing applications for assistance to making sure the grants were made quickly to the employees. 

The main goal is to help people who need it. There are other benefits when companies open an Employees 1st account. Contributions to accounts are tax deductible to the companies and tax-free to employees receiving the grants. 

In total, Employees 1st made more than $7 million in grants for reliefs after the floods. 

Bridge to Normal

The federal government imposed a moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf of Mexico oil leak in 2010. To assist deepwater rig workers, BP donated $100 million to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

At the Foundation, we first created a supporting nonprofit with an independent board to manage the donation. Our staff reviewed each of the completed applications to make sure qualified employees received the financial help that was due to them. Since, most of those workers have returned to produce energy for the world.

 

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How It Works


How it works

How It Works


How it works

Employees 1st partners with companies and their employees to make cash grants to employees facing unexpected difficulties that require financial assistance.

 

How so? Companies establish assistance funds with Employees 1st and set up accounts exclusively for their employees and their families. Once a company sets up an account, employees can donate to the assistance fund. Because these accounts are set up before a specific event, contributions are tax deductible and the recipient of the grants do not have to pay taxes.

Then, when the need arises, that money is available to assist qualified employees in their time of critical need.

Employees 1st makes it simple for companies and their employees. We use reputable firms to manage the funds and our staff handles fund requests.

Knowing that employees in distress want a simple way to apply for funds, we offer an easy application process at a secure site. We also create custom donor portal that accepts contributions for coworkers and companies wanting to help.

And we promise a quick review process that delivers money quickly to employees who apply for assistance.