Mission: LIRS WORKS TO CREATE WELCOME FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES. ADVOCATES FOR AND HELPS (CONT'D ON SCH O)

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1972, and deductibiltiy of donations depends on various factors.

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Contact Information

  www.lirs.org

  700 LIGHT ST
Baltimore MD 21230-3850


 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.


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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator


Overall Score

100

out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated entirely from a single beacon score: 100% Finance & Accountability


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...   Finance & Accountability


This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.


Finance & Accountability Score

100

out of 100

The score earned by Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is a passing score

This V6 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization's health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.



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Finance & Accountability Report

100

of 100 points

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio

89.16%

Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.


Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

17/17 Independent

Higher effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).


The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.


Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Audited

Higher effect on score


An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

37.55%

Lower effect on score


The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990

Website

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency metric.


Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component.


Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.


Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes

Documented

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.


An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.


Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.


Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy

Listed

Lower effect on score


Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.


This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.


Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting



KRISH O'MARA VIGNARAJAH, CEO

$232,538


F ANDREW PEPITO, CFO

$167,865


KAY BELLOR, VICE PRES PROGRAMS

$165,856


GERI O'DONOGHUE, VICE PRES HUMAN RESOURCES

$142,822


PAT NOWLAN, SENIOR IT PROJECT MANAGER

$105,819


Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activities:

Other religious activities (BMF activity code: 029)


Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


Affiliation:

Central - the organization is a parent (group ruling) and is a church or 501(c)(1) organization. (BMF affiliation code: 8)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.


Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

The adverse impact of COVID-19 on 2020 financial gifts should not be understated. The Development team made strategic plans to reverse the downward trend of donations in 2021 and beyond and has seen an increase of financial gifts since the initial effect of COVID-19. In addition, LIRS created a COVID-19 emergency fund (Neighbors in Need) to assist with the immediate, short-term financial needs of refugees and immigrants in the LIRS network. The fund was intended to meet emergency, COVID-19-related, financial needs due to lost wages, emergency medical costs, emergency housing, emergency travel, or other loss of services.


How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Programmatically, LIRS endeavored to keep hope alive for the people we serve as the country closed its borders, including to the most vulnerable refugees and migrant children and families at our southern border. After more than two years of operating in this context, LIRS case managers and other staff are experts at providing culturally appropriate and trauma-informed support both in-person and virtually. The use of phone interpreters and other virtual platforms for engagement has allowed LIRS to continue providing high-quality services no matter the way they are delivered.


How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

The LIRS team demonstrated resilience in adjusting internal operations to adhere to protocols, shifting from an in-office to home-based workplace and re-envisioning events for the virtual world, all while tending to families and communities in need of our attention and care.


Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

There are some innovations we have intend to keep them permanently. o Welcome Centers: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health services have never been more needed, and the LIRS Welcome Centers will add an additional resource, adapted to the specific needs of immigrants, provided in an appropriate language, and free of charge. Through connection to resources such as community health clinics, COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites, and on-site services such as physical health screenings, health education, and individual and group mental health counseling, clients will be able to access care that they otherwise would have not known was available. LIRS has established similar programming in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Phoenix, AZ, and New York, NY with excellent client feedback about how much case managers assisted them in accessing social and healthcare services.


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...   Impact & Results


This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.


Impact & Results Score

Not Currently Scored

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service cannot currently be evaluated by our Encompass Rating Impact & Results methodology because either (A) it is eligible, but we have not yet received data; (B) we have not yet developed an algorithm to estimate its programmatic impact; (C) its programs are not direct services; or (D) it is not heavily reliant on contributions from individual donors.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs



Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service reported its three largest programs on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


$20,916,045

Spent in most recent FY

39%

Percent of program expenses


RESETTLEMENT: IN FY19, LIRS RESETTLED 5,053 REFUGEES, UNACCOMPANIED REFUGEE MINORS AND SIVS (AFGHAN SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISAS WHO SERVED OVERSEAS ALONGSIDE THE US ARMED FORCES) FROM 41 COUNTRIES THROUGH ... (More)


$30,083,127

Spent in most recent FY

57%

Percent of program expenses


CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES: : LIRS PARTNERS WITH THE FEDERAL AGENCY THE OFFICE OF REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT, STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND COMMUNITY CHILD WELFARE AND REFUGEE ORGANIZATIONS TO SERVE TH ... (More)


$598,135

Spent in most recent FY

1%

Percent of program expenses


FAMILY REUNIFICATION: IN 2019 LIRS CONTINUED TO HELP REUNITE CHILDREN WITH PARENTS AFTER FAMILY SEPARATIONS OCCURRED. THE PROCESS INCLUDED HOME STUDIES, INTENSIVE CASE MANAGEMENT SERVICES, AND REFERRA ... (More)


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...   Leadership & Adaptability


This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.


Leadership & Adaptability Score

Not Currently Scored

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.


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...   Culture & Community


This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.


Culture & Community Score

Not Currently Scored

Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback or Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen and Equity Practices sections of their Candid profile.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.


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Culture & Community Report

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


This organization has not provided information regarding the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices it is presently implementing. As such, the organization has not earned a score on this metric. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.


Methodology


We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback


Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.



Methodology


We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.


Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research


Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.


Constituent Feedback


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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