I recently discovered that until 1970, the Relief Society used to collect dues from its members. I have not been able to fin anything in-depth about it, but based on what I read, I presume that operational expenses were funded by these dues.
President Harold B. Lee announced in July 1970 that the collection of dues were to be stopped, and whatever money was in possession of the Relief Society to that point was to be handed over to the Church. I’m not sure I see the logic in this decision.
First of all, this decision meant that the Relief Society would need to cover operational expenses through the tithing fund, which would place more stress on such a system.
Secondly, this decision meant that the Church was eliminating an additional revenue stream.
Why would any organisation want to cut off a viable revenue source just to place extra burden on other revenue sources?