Vol 18, Issue 8

Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Audits Due July 31

The Finance Office sends its warm greetings with an important reminder to all Local Spiritual Assembly members. The due date of the annual audit for Local Spiritual Assemblies is July 31. If your Assembly has not submitted its audit for the period of May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020, we ask that you complete and send it as soon as possible

The audit-form is available on the Treasurer’s Tools page, and can be submitted via e-mail to finance (at) usbnc.org (electronically is preferred) or by mail to:

National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States 
Office of the Treasurer - Audit 
1233 Central Street 
Evanston, Illinois 60201 

The Funds and the Path Toward Racial Justice

The National Spiritual Assembly offered guidance about the path toward racial justice in a letter dated June 19, 2020:

“We must build the capacity to truly hear and acknowledge the voices of those who have directly suffered from the effects of racism. This capacity should manifest itself in our schools, the media, and other civic arenas, as well as in our work and personal relations. This should not end with words, but lead to meaningful, constructive action.”

Many Baháí’s are finding ways to connect the guidance of the National Spiritual Assembly and take constructive action toward justice in every facet of their lives, including the institution of the Fund. The Office of the Treasurer has taken notice and we are moved to see contributions to the National Fund made in memory of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others whose unjust deaths have been a catalyst to the recent intense focus on eradicating systemic racism.

As Shoghi Effendi tells us, “the progress and execution of spiritual activities” is “conditioned upon material means,” and that the Fund is “the life-blood of these nascent institutions you are laboring to erect.”