Volunteer Lawyers Network

Mission Statement

We protect and promote the basic needs of people in poverty through the power of legal volunteers.

Contact Information

Address
600 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone
(612) 752-6655
Website

General Information

Alternative Name
VLN
EIN
410988459
Principal Staff
Suzanne Pontinen
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE)
16.675
Volunteers
1,000
Number of Clients
8,000

Board

Board Chair
Michael Skoglund
Number of Board Members
28
Board Meetings with Quorum
12
Average Member Attendance
19.8

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments
In 2014 VLN provided over 9,000 legal services to more than 7,500 low-income clients impacting more than 19,000 household members. Reported outcomes included being able to pay for daily necessities, being in a better position to keep or find a job, being in a better position to keep or find housing, having improved housing conditions, being physically safer and having an improved quality of life. In addition, the legal services provided protected money and/or benefits for the clients in an amount in excess of $10 million.
Current Goals
Continue work on these annual goals (as part of three year strategic plan) 1. Deliver high quality legal services more effectively and to more people in need. 2. Increase our financial and volunteer resources to address the critical legal needs of our community. 3. Strengthen our organizational capacity to meet the challenges ahead.
Community or Constituency Served
People in poverty
Geographic Area Served
We primarily serve the residents of Hennepin County but also have targeted programs that serve residents on a statewide basis.

Finances

3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services $795,512 78.8%
Management $151,389 15%
Fundraising $63,143 6.3%
Unrestricted Net Assets
2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $721,925 $729,011 $715,271
Beginning of Year: $729,011 $715,271 $608,303
Difference: ($7,086) $13,740 $106,968

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