LEGAL INFORMATION NETWORK FOR CANCER

Linking people with resources that ease the day-to-day challenges of cancer

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

Mission

CancerLINC eases the burden of cancer for patients and their families by providing assistance, education and referral to legal, financial and community resources.

Notes from the nonprofit

CancerLINC is a Richmond non-profit organization with the mission of easing the burden of cancer for local patients and their families by providing assistance, education, and referral to legal, financial, and community resources. 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 end-of-life 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

Mr. Chris Williams

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)

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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?

CancerLINC Information and 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 and provided with care, compassion and respect. Legal and financial counseling are provided at no charge to approximately 91% of CancerLINC's clients. Clients over income guidelines 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 provides educational opportunities for cancer patients. Outreach and education helps us reach more patients in need and 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-Richmond or (MLP). This collaboration with VCU Massey Cancer Center was initiated in July of 2011.  The MLP has revolutionized the way patient care is viewed and handled at Massey Cancer Center. 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 at Massey called the MLP-Richmond 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 assist qualifying patients pro bono. This innovative program provides assistance for a number of issues impacting health, including estate planning, insurance denials, employment discrimination, custody arrangements and disability appeals.

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

A program to help cancer patients and their families with end of life assistance.  Many cancer patients do not have the legal documents necessary to assist their families when they pass away.  CancerLINC works with the social workers, doctors, nurses, clergy and other healthcare professionals to ensure that cancer patients have the necessary wills, powers of attorney, or advanced medical directives that they need to give them peace of mind as their loved one transitions.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

CancerLINC conducts life planning clinics on a regular basis for cancer patients with Capital One legal counsel and other local corporate partners.  These clinics allow 10-15 patients and family members to get their estate planning needs conveniently completed within a couple of hours.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

CancerLINC provides educational offerings for cancer patients.  Information provided is varied and includes topics such as financial budgeting & planning, community resources, life planning documentation and much more.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Awards

Charity Seal Holder 2018

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Cancer patients and family members who have received our services

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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,

  • 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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Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Mary Katherine McGetrick

Williams Mullen

Term: 2021 - 2022

Alexandra "Sandy" Bowen

Bowen Ten Cardani

Mary Helen Hackney

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Shannon Daily

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Mary McGetrick

Williams Mullen

Janet Abraham

VCU Health, Women's Health Services in the Department of Care Coordination

Brent Timberlake

Capital One

Tom Falat

SunTrust Bank

Paul Ranney

Erin L.T. Ranney, PLLC

Jonathan Tinker

Sarah Cannon at HCA Virginia

Edward White

Williams Mullen

Jonathan Heller

Virginia Cancer Institute

Debby Betz

Indivior

Tracey Tatum

Southside Reg. Med. Ctr.

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 07/20/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/20/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.