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Unemployment Services Trust (UST)

Unemployment Services Trust (UST)

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) was created by nonprofits for nonprofits, to help save up to 60% on their unemployment costs through lower rates and expert claims monitoring. Annually, UST saves members more than $35 million by mitigating improper unemployment charges against their organizations.

PO Box 22657
Santa Barbara, CA 93121-2657


Laura Achee
Direct line: (888) 249-4788 ext. 1159


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About Unemployment Services Trust (UST)

A Program Designed to Safeguard Nonprofits

The Unemployment Services Trust (UST) helps 501(c)(3) nonprofits save on their unemployment costs by offering a safe, cost effective alternative to paying state unemployment taxes. UST members experience up to 60% savings, and receive ongoing claims support, HR tools and outplacement services that help them save thousands. Annually, UST saves members more than $35 million on their unemployment claims.

How does it work?

UST helps nonprofits take advantage of a federal law that allows 501(c)(3) organizations to opt out of the state’s tax-rated unemployment system and instead pay dollar-for-dollar only for the unemployment claims of their former employees. In addition, UST provides claims monitoring assistance to detect any irregularities, improper charges, or inaccuracies to help reduce the number of claims you see each year.

“As a non-profit, every dollar counts. Being able to invest in UST so that most years we do not have to pay in additional funds has helped us provide more programs for our clients. And it is an EASY, no hassle way to meet our employer responsibilities.” – Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, Inc.

UST offers nonprofits an extensive variety of cost-savings services, including administrative support, unemployment insurance, state-specific claims advice, a live HR hotline, online employee training courses, e-Filing capabilities, outplacement services and more. With unemployment claims being so unpredictable, taking the time to review your unemployment costs and funding options as a 501(c)(3) is vital to maintaining the welfare of your nonprofit, employees and mission. If you recall, the last recession was detrimental to the nonprofit sector—so it’s crucial that you do your due diligence today to ensure financial security in advance of the next economic downturn.

UST currently has over 2,200 members and has been helping nonprofits for over 35 years by offering the latest HR resources and unemployment claims management tools that provide nonprofits the resources they need to protect their assets and ensure HR compliance.

“We are a relatively small organization without the resources to have a fully staffed administrative staff. In other words, many hats are worn by our administrative staff, and the ability to utilize UST and all of its services is of great benefit.” – Center for Accessible Living, Inc.

If your organization has 10+ employees and you would like to get a more extensive preview of UST’s benefits, as well as the opportunity to identify any hidden savings, submit your FREE Unemployment Cost Analysis today at and use Priority Code: 501Commons.

You can also sign up for UST’s eNewsletter to get invitations to nonprofit only webinars, how-to guides, eBooks and research.

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