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KRISTEN BUSH loves green g rass, fresh flowers and on the Northwest Parks Foun-exercise. And she wants the people of Washington dation Web site ( www.nw
state to experience the health advantages of getting
parks.org). “At least half of our
outdoors as much as possible. donations come from online
Bush, the executive director and founder of contributions,” she says. “It
Northwest Parks Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated saves us a great deal of time
to improving parks and athletic fields throughout to be able to do that online.”
western Washington, is spending more time pro- NOVA’s 24-hour cus- Net gains: Costco member
moting fresh air—and saving money—by using two tomer service has also saved Kristen Bush is saving time
of Costco’s member services. Bush lots of potential headaches. and money with services
Merchant credit-card processing, through NOVA, “We’ve had a few people enter the through NOVA and Intuit.
and payroll processing, through Intuit, have played wrong credit-card number online,” she
important roles in Bush’s year-old foundation. “I’ve says. “NOVA is great at problem solving. A lot
been using both of these services since starting the of companies don’t offer a lot of help. With LARRY GILL
foundation, and I couldn’t be more pleased,” she NOVA, you just call and speak to a real person
says. “It frees up more time for me to go out and and they always solve the problem.”
meet with donors and bring people together for
park projects—which is the most important part Payroll that pays off I knew these
of my job.” With her many fund-raising responsibiliti‘es,
Running a successful nonprofit organization— the last thing Bush has time for is the challenge of services would
or a small business—requires cutting costs when- payroll. With anywhere from five to 10 employees, ‘
ever possible. Bush says she never hesitated when as well as temporary labor, Bush says payroll pro- save me a
she discovered Costco’s suite of member services at cessing from Intuit has been a lifesaver.
her local warehouse. “You can always hire a payroll person, but then lot of money
“Costco is a huge asset to my nonprofit bottom you’re going to have to pay their salary and every- line,” says Bush, whose current big project is raising thing that goes with it,” says Bush, who even uses because Costco
enough money to build a sports field complex in Intuit to pay herself bimonthly. “We save so much
suburban Seattle for adults and children. “I knew time and money by using this payroll service.” has already
these services would save me a lot of money because Intuit features include:
Costco has already negotiated the best prices.” ■ Three types of payroll data input methods negotiated the
to fit your needs. The value of NOVA ■ Calculating and delivering employees’ pay Costco has teamed with NOVA Information through standard paychecks or direct deposit. best prices. Systems, one of the largest credit-card processors ■ Payroll tax deposits and filings done for you. in the industry, to provide great service and exclu- ■ An option to download your payroll data sive low rates on credit-card processing for Costco into Quickbooks®. ”
members—with no hidden fees. All Costco members receive exclusive rates on
NOVA’s features include: payroll processing. And Executive Members receive
■ A 1.67 percent processing fee for retail-clas- an additional 10 percent discount.
sified merchants (plus 20 cents per transaction.) Bush says utilizing NOVA and Intuit is as easy
■ A 2.02 percent rate for mail- phone- or as a walk in the park.
Internet-order-classifiedmerchants(plus27cents “Using these services month after month
per transaction). means more money goes toward achieving our
■ Credit-card processing for Visa, Master- mission rather than the
Card, American Express, Discover, debit and cost of overhead and
check authorization. expenses for keeping our Connecting
■ 24-hour customer service, seven days a week. nonprofit going,” she ex- For more information, visit costco.com and click on
In addition, the application fee and monthly state- plains. “So when donors “Services.” You can also call toll free
ment fees are waived for Costco Executive Members. give money to the foun- • 1-888-605-2488 (provide reference number 83210)
The feature that organizations like Bush’s foun- dation, more of that for credit card processing.
dation find particularly useful is Internet credit- money goes toward the • 1-888-448-3016 (reference number C35214) for
card processing—which has become a popular tool bottom line.” C payroll services.