Even though at first contributing may seem to be a financial matter,
yet it involves a spiritual process. It is a voluntary act of love
and devotion. Only the Bahá'ís have the opportunity to participate
in this spiritual obligation and partake of its spiritual benefits.
We need to recognise that for any activity to take place, financial means
are needed. We should be sensitive to the needs of the time and through
this opportunity prove our sincerity and will to support the institutions
of the Faith.
Contributing is a private matter between the individual and God.
Only if the individual desires, the treasurer may know about
the contribution for the purpose of writing receipts.
The amount of the contribution is not as important as the
spirit of love, happiness and sacrifice in which the contribution is offered.
Contributing should also be on a regular basis, since the
continuity of various activities depend on the availability of funds.
In the Bahá'í Faith the contributions are spent
for the affairs of the religion and the community itself,
without any individual benefitting from them.
The best time to contribute is during the Nineteen Day Feast meetings,
which each Bahá'í is supposed to attend. However, if unable
to participate, one can contribute by mailing their checks to the assembly's
address, payable to the community's Bahá'í Fund. If you do not specify a particular
Fund, your contribution will go to the Local Fund which in turn feeds other Bahá'í Funds.