Legal Aid Works
500 Lafayette Boulevard, Suite 100
Fredericksburg VA 22401
Mission Statement

To champion fairness by advocating for those with the least access to the civil court system. We envision a just society where barriers to justice are eliminated.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ann H Kloeckner Esq.
Board Chair Ms. Jeannie P. Dahnk Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Glover and Dahnk
Contact Information
Address 500 Lafayette Boulevard, Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Telephone 540 371-1105 116
Fax 540 371-1114
E-mail akloeckner@legalaidworks.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Former Names
NameYear
Rappahannock Legal Services, Inc.2016
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $1,010,032.00
Projected Expenses $1,009,172.00
Statements
Mission

To champion fairness by advocating for those with the least access to the civil court system. We envision a just society where barriers to justice are eliminated.

Impact

During this past year, Legal Aid Works’ 43rd year of service, we persist in our efforts to make a significant impact within the communities we serve. Despite the continuation of inadequate funding in serving the needs of our clients, Legal Aid Works leveraged staff, board and volunteer resources to sustain our services, improve our infrastructure and management processes and attract new supporters through the use of technology, multimedia communications and unique events. In addition to our individual client services, Legal Aid Works also provided timely and essential information at clinics held in several communities on the subjects of housing, wills and consumer debt. Legal Aid Works was previously awarded a grant which enabled us to provide monthly mobile outreach in Kilmarnock to the residents of Lancaster and Northumberland Counties to assist disabled clients with Social Security Disability appeals obviating the need for them to travel 84 miles roundtrip to our Tappahannock Office.

Needs Our most pressing need is unrestricted, sustained funding for two bilingual attorney positions, especially in the housing (evictions and foreclosure), consumer and disability benefits areas.  Each position will cost us, including benefits, $60,000 per year.  We need volunteers to assist us in a focused and aggressive fundraising effort. We are always in need of dynamic new board members who can bring a variety of professional experience to bear on Legal Aid Works' mission: legal experience, wealth management, marketing strategies, communications, nonprofit management, etc.
Background Legal Aid Works (formerly Rappahannock Legal Services) has a proud history starting in 1973.  We are the law firm for poor people who cannot afford a private attorney.  Our services are offered free of charge.  We help indigents protect their rights and fight for justice.  Our staff of 15 full-time and 2 part-time employees, as well as many volunteers work hard to ensure that access to our system of justice is not reserved just for those who can afford to pay for a private attorney.  We represent clients who are victims of domestic violence; whose benefits have been wrongly denied in disability or employment cases; and those who face homelessness through wrongful evictions or foreclosures.  We assist clients in consumer problems like unfair debt collections and wrongful wage garnishments.  Our service area extends from the mountains of Madison, Culpeper and Rappahannock Counties in the West and eastward along the Rappahannock River watershed to the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.  We have three offices to serve this large area, located in Culpeper, Fredericksburg and Tappahannock.
CEO Statement ...Because Justice Really Should Be For All!  We are legal professionals who really care about equal justice for all.  In our current civil justice system, unlike in the criminal justice system, there is no right to be provided with an attorney free of charge when you face a civil legal matter (unlike if you are charged with a crime).  So our advocates fight every day for the little guy, the underdog, the under-served who are not able to navigate the complicated and intimidating court system on their own.  Every day, we see lives transformed by the power of the law, giving hope to domestic violence victims, saving families from homelessness, and restoring benefits that had been illegally denied.  Our mission makes a real difference in people's lives by allowing them to enforce their legal rights.  It is an inspiring place to work, and it is a great way to use a law degree!  When you support Legal Aid Works, you are supporting the "justice for all" ideal that you have repeated every time you say the Pledge of Allegiance.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
King and Queen County
Lancaster County
Northumberland County
Northern Neck
Northern Virginia
Richmond County
Essex County
Westmoreland County
We serve King William, King and Queen, Richmond, Lancaster, Northumberland, Westmoreland, Essex, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Orange, Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock and Madison Counties, as well as the City of Fredericksburg and Town of Colonial Beach.  Our offices are in Tappahannock, Fredericksburg and Culpeper.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jeannie P. Dahnk Esq.
Company Affiliation Glover and Dahnk
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2017
Email jpd@gloveranddahnk.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Stacie C. Bordick Esq.Hirschler Fleischer
Ms. Sara Branner Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce
Ms. Judith Budd Community Volunteer
Mr. Hall B. Cheshire University of Mary Washington
Ms. Jeannie P. Dahnk Esq.Glover & Dahnk
Mr. David R. Danieli Esq.Rinehart, Butler, Hodge & Moss
Ms. Candice L. Hall Esq.Candice L. Hall, PLLC
Ms. Colleen Jordan The Haven Shelter & Services, Inc.
Ms. Sara S. Josey Esq.Kurylo, Gold & Josey, PL
Ms. Robin Lam PBMares
Ms. Lynn S.V. Pardee Esq.Lynn S. V. Pardee, PLLC
Ms. Shelia Weimer Esq.Spotsylvania County Attorney's Office
Mr. David M. Williams, Jr. Esq.Allen & Allen
Mr. Joel W. Young Esq.Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 17
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Audit
Executive
Nominating
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
We have fourteen board members slated for FY 16-17.  Our current board related challenges include regular attendance, focus on fundraising, and engaging members of the client community to join and participate on a regular basis.  This is a difficult issue, because our clients often lack resources to afford reliable transportation to come to our meetings which have just been amended from quarterly to six times per year. We have developed an initiative called the Client Advisory Board so that we will recruit clients to advise us on their community needs. Additionally, it tends to be difficult to recruit board members from the outer reaches of our service area, but we have put in place accommodations to ameliorate the distance issues such as telephonic attendance at meetings.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Ann H Kloeckner Esq.
Experience Extensive experience in legal services.  Managed programs in several nonprofits.
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. William Botts Esq.Jan 1979 - Apr 2011
Staff
Full Time Staff 15
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 14
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2014
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
We collaborate with a variety of local nonprofits and governmental entities.
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Virginia Legal Aid Attorney of the YearVirginia State Bar2013
Programs
Description
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $1,010,032.00
Projected Expenses $1,009,172.00
Endowment Value $29,178.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
----$362,951
Government Contributions$242,096$0$500,744
Federal----$492,126
State------
Local----$8,618
Unspecified$242,096----
Individual Contributions$651,853$836,745$93,661
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,439$3,674$56
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$229,275$249,871$410,363
Other$81,988$73,152$8,454
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$893,470$867,223$1,007,104
Administration Expense$148,779$209,906$216,782
Fundraising Expense$38,809$25,883$53,482
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.121.051.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%79%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%3%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$449,196$323,409$281,880
Current Assets$438,391$314,925$271,063
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$43,715$44,521$63,423
Total Net Assets$405,481$278,888$218,457
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities10.037.074.27
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 11/2017View
Comments
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from audit
  • Form 990 and audit prepared by Frank Barcalow, CPA, PLLC