Vol 19, Issue 1

Charitable Gift Annuity

The gift annuity is an irrevocable gift to the National Spiritual Assembly that allows the donor to leave a material and spiritual legacy to the Bahá'í Faith, while ensuring a fixed lifetime income after the age of 60, and the minimum amount to establish an annuity is $10,000.00 which can be by cash or appreciated securities. There are also two tax benefits: 1) The donor gets a charitable tax deduction for a portion of the gift in the year the gift was made and 2) A portion of the income received is tax-free.

Please note: this program is not available in Washington, New Jersey, or Alabama.

For more information about the charitable gift annuity, contact the Office of the Treasurer at 847-733-3569 or bahaitreasurersoffice(at)usbnc.org

Last Year's Grand Canyon Bahá'í Conference

The National Spiritual Assembly would like to take this opportunity to thank the friends for their participation in the first virtual event of the 36th Annual Grand Canyon Bahá’í Conference hosted in December, 2020 by the Local Spiritual Assembly of Phoenix, AZ. Many souls from across the nation came together in unity to hear how Bahá’u’lláh’s vision and ideals of a future society can be translated into action.

While the registration fee was waived this year due to the pandemic, with gratitude to the Blessed Beauty we are delighted to share that participants contributed over $300,000 towards the funds of the Faith.

The Writing of a Will and Testament

“…it should be noted that the question of the will is of extreme importance: everyone should devote the most serious attention to drawing up a will, so that there should be no one who doth not have a will. This is one of the binding laws of this mighty Dispensation. We ask God to bestow a blessing upon your affairs so that they may prosper abundantly.” - ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

As the Centenary of the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá approaches, the Office of the Treasurer is asking the friends, in commemoration of this occasion and out of love for ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, to complete their will and testament.

“The Writing of a Will and Testament” is a booklet that was prepared to help the friends gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the law of writing a will. The booklet can be downloaded when you sign in using your Bahá'í ID and password at www.bahai.us/community/resources/planned-giving, or contact us at bahaitreasurersoffice(at)usbnc.org or call 847-733-3569 to request a copy.