The Legal Information Network for Cancer, based in Richmond, Virginia, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides a different kind of life support to people with cancer. LINC’s clients are predominantly low-income and do not have the support network or resources to deal with the overwhelming financial and legal issues that typically arise when dealing with a cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. As a result, they may incur incredible debt as their expenses escalate and their income diminishes. They may lose their jobs because they do not know the legal protections to which they may be entitled. They may not make the necessary provisions for the care of their children and spouses, or they may be denied a necessary medical procedure because an insurance carrier has determined that it is not covered. That’s when LINC steps in with assistance and legal referral services.
Since its founding in 1996, LINC has served over 10,000 clients and their families. LINC continues to expand its strong reputation in the Greater Richmond community and statewide. Because of LINC’s services, clients are able to forestall debt collection and avoid bankruptcy, to solve problems with their insurance carriers, and to have wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives written to better provide for themselves and their families.
LINC is based in Richmond and serves the Greater Richmond area. There is no other organization in the state – and only a few nationally – that provides the same set of services that LINC does. What makes LINC truly unique is its operating model – a corps of over 200 attorneys and financial counselors who assist LINC's staff in helping hundreds of area cancer patients and their families deal with the business side of cancer each year, thus enabling them to focus their energies on getting well. Advocacy services are provided free of charge by volunteers and staff. The attorneys in LINC’s referral network provide legal services pro bono or if the client is over income which is based on HUD guidelines, the fee is sliding scale. Most LINC clients qualify for free legal services, services which otherwise might cost an individual thousands of dollars.
mission is to ease the burden of a cancer diagnosis by providing professional
legal and financial guidance and other community services. We focus on helping
organize the patient’s affairs so that they can focus on their health. Through
our volunteer network of over 180 attorneys and financial advisors we help
provide wills, powers of attorney, advanced medical directives and the like to
patients who have neither the financial resources nor oftentimes, the emotional
fortitude to access these services. We leverage a very small staff and limited
budget to achieve great things for our clients. Because we do not have a
dedicated income stream or endowment, we rely heavily on individual donations,
event sponsorships and grants. Our board is comprised of dedicated
professionals representing financial, legal, medical, social work and marketing
disciplines to help guide and grow our organization so that we can serve more
clients. Everyone at some point in time is touched by cancer and the need for
our services continues to grow. We continually review our strategic planning to
ensure that LINC remains a viable and sustainable resource for those in need.
LINC is in the middle of celebrating its 20th anniversary. LINC's mission is to show compassion and to ease the burden of a cancer diagnosis for these brave individuals. LINC leverages a volunteer network of over 180 attorneys and financial advisors who work tirelessly to resolve legal and financial services issues, so that they can concentrate on getting better. We have partnered with Massey Cancer Center to provide these professional services during the early stages of treatment through our Medical Legal Partnership, (MLP). Through the efforts of our dedicated staff and volunteers, LINC has been able to provide clients with the community and professional resources they need to meet the challenges that they face. Cancer affects almost everyone in some way -- the need for LINC's services is evident now more than ever, and it is critical that we have a strong fundraising base so that we can continue to provide our services to an ever growing population of clients. LINC has a dedicated board of 12 members comprised of attorneys, business people, health care professionals, and financial experts. Like many nonprofits, LINC is challenged to find and maintain funding sources, year after year. Because we do not have a dedicated income stream, we depend on special events, grants and individual/corporate donations to ensure clients will continue to be served. LINC is in the process of developing a 3-year strategic plan which is focused on fundraising, client services and continually strengthening our governing board through education and diversity.
Denise Kranich is the Executive Director of LINC, the Legal Information Network for Cancer. She holds a BA degree in Communications from the University of Houston. Before joining LINC, Denise was the Executive Director of the Innsbrook Foundation for the past 18 years. Denise was instrumental in making Innsbrook After Hours one of the most successful concerts series in Central Virginia and increasing the amount of teams for the Richmond Corporate Games. Denise was named the 2010 Henrico County Community Leader of the Year and one of Virginia's Most Influential Women in 2011. Previously Denise has worked as a television anchor and news reporter, as well as the marketing director for various non-profits and companies. Denise is a breast cancer survivor and understands the legal, financial and social issues that cancer patients and their families face.
This innovative program provides assistance for a number of issues impacting health, including estate planning, insurance denials, employment discrimination, custody arrangements and disability appeals.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
LINC has a policy of having a balanced budget for each year. We were able to balance the budget in fiscal year 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016. Our special events and individual donations were successful this year, but we were not as successful in the area of grants. Our biggest financial challenge/opportunity is to broaden and sustain our sources of funding, especially in the area of individual donations. Again, we are a community-based organization that provides needed resources to those who often have nowhere else to turn. Broad community support -- including financial support through tax-deductible donations -- is vital to LINC's continued success. The Spring Awards Luncheon recognizes a Greater Richmond philanthropic leader, as well as LINC volunteers. This event also raises money for LINC. We have a National Craft Beer Expo, and a humor event each year. The National Beer Expo is in its 3rd year and will raise more money this year, but it will continue to grow just like the humor event, "Here's Laughing at You, Cancer." this year we will have a fundraising breakfast to introduce new donors to LINC as we celebrate our 20th anniversary. We realize we must grow our individual gifts more the next fiscal year. We should meet and exceed our 2017 fiscal year budget.
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