Vol 16, Issue 8
The quarterly goal for the National Fund is $9.5M with the ultimate goal being $38M by the end of the fiscal year in April 2019. As of now, generous contributions have raised the Fund to $4.5M.
A great way to keep up with the quarterly goals is regular giving throughout the year. Did you know that in the Online Contribution System, you can set up automatic payments to contribute to the Funds every month? You can also easily divide contributions between any of the Funds, including Local, Regional, National, Continental, and International Funds. We know that giving, especially on a continual basis, is an endeavor of great sacrifice. In a tablet written specifically to Americans, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá encourages us by saying:
"O ye friends of God! ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is day and night thinking of you and mentioning you, for the friends of God are dear to Him. Every morning at dawn I supplicate the Kingdom of God and ask that you may be filled with the breath of the Holy Spirit, so that you may become brilliant candles, shine with the light of guidance and dispel the darkness of error. Rest assured that the confirmations of the Abhá Kingdom will continuously reach you.
Through the power of the divine springtime, the downpour of the celestial clouds and the heat of the Sun of Reality, the tree of life is just beginning to grow. Before long, it will produce buds, bring forth leaves and fruits, and cast its shade over the East and the West. This Tree of Life is the Book of the Covenant."
—‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 429
The Treasurer of the National Spiritual Assembly invites all Treasurers and their assistants from Local Spiritual Assemblies, Regional Bahá'í Councils, and Regional Training Institutes to the National Treasurers' Forum. In addition to the Treasurers and their assistants, we encourage all members of the aforementioned Institutions to register and attend. It's time to gather nationally as stewards of the Funds, the lifeblood of the Cause, to talk about how to hasten the advent of Bahá’u’lláh's civilization and the crucial role the Funds play in building it. Let's learn from each other, reflect with each other, and pray together. We'll see you September 20-22, 2018 (plan to arrive Sept 19 for check-in beginning at 4:00pm) in Evanston, IL, in the shadow of the Mother Temple of the West. We are happy to provide the registration link here:
**Registrations are going fast and we encourage treasurers to sign up right away!**