Planned Giving

Your Legacy of Welcome

When you make a planned gift to LIRS, you make the important decision to bequeath your blessings to help vulnerable newcomers find a hopeful future. You leave a legacy of welcome.

Your legacy of welcome will help refugees, immigrants and other vulnerable migrants seeking protection from countries where war and oppression have threatened their very existence.

Your legacy of welcome will help carry out services for migrant children who are orphaned of separated from their parents.

Your legacy of welcome will help LIRS remain the beacon of hope for all of America’s newcomers.

We invite you to consider making a planned gift. Every gift made to LIRS is a statement that you value our ministry of hospitality and that you, too, extend a warm welcome to newcomers.

To make a donation today, please use our secure online form. To learn more about planned giving options, contact us at 410-230-2773 or

The Bernthal Legacy Society

Donors who designate LIRS as a beneficiary of a planned gift are gratefully recognized as members of the Bernthal Legacy Society, named in honor of the late Rev. August Bernthal and his widow, Mildred. The Bernthals set a lifelong example of sacrificial service and giving to welcome newcomers.

Planned gifts may be made by naming LIRS as a beneficiary of a bequest, life insurance policy, charitable gift annuity, pooled income fund, or charitable remainder trust or by donating appreciated securities.

Members of the Bernthal Legacy Society receive recognition in our annual report and are invited to special events and gatherings.