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LEGAL INFORMATION NETWORK FOR CANCER

No one should have to face cancer alone.

aka CancerLINC   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.cancerlinc.org

Mission

CancerLINC helps cancer patients and their families overcome legal and financial obstacles when they need it the most.

Notes from the nonprofit

CancerLINC is a Richmond non-profit organization with the mission of helping cancer patients and their families overcome legal and financial obstacles. CancerLINC connects cancer patients with volunteer attorneys, financial advisors, and others, to help them with legal and financial matters that result from their cancer diagnoses. Issues often experienced by patients are medical debt, need for life planning legal documents, employment issues, insurance denials, housing insecurity, and more. These professional services are provided free of charge to patients who live below the Federally-defined poverty level. CancerLINC is unique; no other organization in Virginia offers these services to cancer patients. The organization does not charge for its services, depending solely on contributions from the community.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director

Ms. Julianne Duvall

Main address

200 S. 3rd Street

Richmond, VA 23219 USA

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Formerly known as

Legal Information Network for Cancer

EIN

54-1817025

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Financial Counseling, Money Management (P51)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal, Financial & Resource Services

CancerLINC provides education,assistance and referral to legal, financial and community resources. This support enables cancer patients to sustain themselves and their families by dealing with the non-medical issues surrounding diagnosis and treatment. Support is individual-based and provided with care, compassion and respect. Legal and financial counseling are provided by local attorneys and financial advisors at no charge for low income patients - approximately 91% of those served. Patients over income guidelines who are not eligible to receive free services are offered referral to legal and financial professionals on a for-fee basis; social services are provided at no charge. In addition, CancerLINC's outreach activities helps to reach more patients in need and the professional guidance provided enables them to be more effective advocates on their own behalf.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

CancerLINC is a partner in the Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) with VCU Massey Cancer Center. The MLP has revolutionized the way patient care is viewed and handled. According to the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnerships, MLP is a health care delivery model that improves the health and well-being of low-income and other vulnerable populations by addressing unmet legal needs and removing legal barriers that impede health. The MLP works with social workers, nurses, doctors and other health professionals to identify socio-economic barriers to health that may be resolved with legal advice or intervention. This program provides free on-site legal assistance and referrals to volunteer attorneys who will assistqualifying patients pro bono. Due to its success, CancerLINC is developing similar on-site relationships with other cancer care providers within the greater Richmond area.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

CancerLINC helps cancer patients and their families document their end of life wishes through the appropriate legal documents. Many cancer patients do not have the legal documents necessary to guide and assist their families when critical medical and legal decisions are required. CancerLINC helps ensure that cancer patients have wills, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives, and even guardianship of dependents legally documented to give them peace of mind. Occasionally, CancerLINC conducts life planning clinics partnering with Capital One legal counsel and other local attorneys to help patients and their families obtain these legal documents conveniently in one day.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

CancerLINC maintains a listing and provides connections to other local organizations to help patients and their families access basic resource needs such as food, housing, transportation, copay assistance, utility relief, etc. In addition, resource information and convenient request for services forms are included on the cancerlinc.org website. Education videos are available on demand through the website and YouTube page. Staff also provide information and guidance during health fairs and patient-focused information meetings.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Awards

Met all charity standards 2022

Better Business Bureau

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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LEGAL INFORMATION NETWORK FOR CANCER

Board of directors
as of 07/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Trina Willard

Knowledge Advisory Group

Term: 2023 - 2024

Trina Willard

Knowledge Advisory Group

Brian Cassel

VCU School of Medicine

Beth Brew

Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Kevin Keogh

CapTech

Lisa Meyer

Commonwealth Community Trust (CCT)

Mary Sadovszky

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

Leslie Shelton

Retired (LabCorp)

Dawn South

DeBoerSouth

James Hess

CarMax

Tanza Westry

Sheltering Arms Inst.

Sam Attalla

Virginia Cancer Inst.

Earl Cox

Brand Federation

Angela Fletcher

HCA-Capital Division

Jennifer Ligon

Williams Mullen

Carolyn White

Midlothian Estate & Elder Law

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/10/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/31/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.