1954 - Guardian directs the Hands to appoint Auxiliary Boards
A significant development in the unfoldment of the institution of the Hands of the Cause took place when the Guardian directed the Hands to appoint Auxiliary Boards in each continent of the globe to act as their deputies and advisers. He announced this decision in a cablegram on 6 April 1954.
(Adib Taherzadeh, The Child of the Covenant, p. 335)
1954 - The Guardian calls for the Initiation of Continental Funds
As to the expenses of the institution itself, in a message dated 6 April 1954, the Guardian called for the initiation of five Continental Bahá'í Funds. These Funds, now well established, support the activities of the Counsellors and their auxiliaries -- their travels and their administrative expenses -- and are managed each by one member of the Board appointed the Trustee of the Continental Fund by the Universal House of Justice.
(The Universal House of Justice, The Institution of the Counsellors, p. 14)