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Volunteer Lawyers Network, Ltd.

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

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 10/17/2012
600 Nicollet Mall
Suite 390A
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone: 612-752-6655
EIN 41-0988459
Principal Staff Suzanne Pontinen,
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 17
Number of Volunteers 1,000
Number of Clients Served 8,000
Tags / Keywords Crime & Justice, Housing & Homelessness, Children & Families, Civil Rights/Advocacy
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 30
Board meetings with quorum 6
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 18.83
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Services provided exceeded or met our annual goals. The impact of these services include: safer living environment for children, preservation of healthy parent-child relationships, protection of families from dangerous and illegal housing conditions, protection of stable housing and prevention of homelessness, protection of a family’s scarce resources for basic living expenses (preserved financial stability and independence), and removing barriers to employment to approximately 8,000 low-income residents of the state of Minnesota and their families.
Current Goals
2012/13 Annual Goals - Volunteer Lawyers Network SERVICES 1) Explore appropriate role of limited scope services (and pro bono) in efforts to expand the civil right to counsel; 2) Improve ongoing internal procedures to more effectively identify, track and share legal outcomes of VLN services and the resulting positive impact on clients’ lives; 3) Based on state demographics indicating geographic areas of greatest need continue efforts to expand services on a statewide basis, while maintaining commitment to serving the unmet need in Hennepin County; VOLUNTEERS 4) Continue efforts to recruit a more diverse base of attorney and other volunteers. Analyze by area of law retention problem areas; 5) Continue efforts to educate volunteers about cross-cultural communication and internal biases, including by creating mini-webinars; 6) Improve area-specific training for new volunteers; FINANCE 7) Define and meet our funding gap in FY 12-13 and institutionalize more effective communications with volunteers and funders to engage them more powerfully as partners in our mission; 8) Continue efforts to increase individual giving; RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER ENTITIES 9) Improve outreach by developing a tool to help our partners, collaborators, and clients understand VLN eligibility criteria, including income, issue, and geographic; GOVERNANCE 10) In June 2013, the Chair will appoint a new strategic planning committee to create the strategic plan to guide VLN from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019.
Community or Constituency Served
Low-income residents of Minnesota
Geographic Area Served
State of Minnesota
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $619,707 74.4%
Management: $134,542 16.1%
Fundraising: $78,904 9.5%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2010 2009 2008
End of Year: $608,303 $440,760 $0
Beginning of Year $440,760 $237,688 $0
Difference $167,543 $203,072 $0
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $608,303
Based on information provided on 2008 to 2010
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