Dear loved coworkers in the Cause of God,
Recently questions have come in regarding the plans being made to celebrate the bicentennial anniversary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh. We thought it would be timely to offer guidance in this regard as your communities make their plans.
Regarding whether accepting financial support from non-Bahá'í sponsors would be appropriate, guidance concerning who is eligible to contribute financially to the work of the Faith includes the following:
"One of the distinguishing features of the Cause of God is its principle of non-acceptance of financial contributions for its own purposes from non-Bahá’ís: support of the Bahá’í Fund is a bounty reserved by Bahá’u’lláh to His declared followers."
(From a letter written by the Universal House of Justice, dated Naw-Rúz 1974)
"The crucial point in deciding whether or not funds may be accepted from non-Bahá’í sources is the purpose for which the funds are to be used. As you know, it is absolutely forbidden in the Faith to accept from non-Bahá’ís contributions toward the work of the Cause itself. However, in addition to the work of spreading the Faith and establishing its institutions, Spiritual Assemblies also engage in humanitarian activities, and contributions from non-Bahá’í sources may be accepted towards such activities."
(From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice, dated March 6, 1983)
Since the commemoration you are planning is a Bahá’í activity, promoting the purposes and work of the Faith itself, rather than a humanitarian activity, approaching non-Bahá’í sponsors to cover its expenses would not be appropriate.
Be assured of the National Spiritual Assembly’s supplications on your behalf, that the confirmations of the Blessed Beauty may attend all your efforts undertaken in His path.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Office of the Treasurer