Money

The 7th Tradition (long form)

“The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or the contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise. Then, too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose. Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority.” — Reprinted from The AA Service Manual, 2007-2008 Edition, pages S13-S14, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
So where do our contributions go?
At the group level, rent for the meeting room, and coffee supplies are the obvious use of our contributions. A.A. chips, literature, and other minor expenses must be covered. What might remain after a prudent reserve, should be donated to A.A. Districts, Area committees, the General Service Office, etc., as the group sees fit. Your group treasurer should be able to give an accounting frequently. At the bottom of this page are the addresses of where to send the money.
Most excess funds will probably go the the District committee, which is the next link in the A.A. Organization.
What does the District do with the money? Below is the District 17 Treasurer’s Report.

YEAR TO DATE INCOME STATEMENT 
YEAR TO DATE BALANCE STATEMENT

General Service Office
Make check payable to: General Fund
Send to: General Service Office
P. O. Box 4-5-9
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163

Area 42 General Service Assembly
Make check payable to: Area 42 Treasury Fund
Send to: Area Treasury Fund
PO Box 70171
Las Vegas, NV 89170

Southern Area 42 Treasury
Make check payable to: SAGSC
Send to: So. Area 42 Treasurer
P. O. Box 71804
Las Vegas, NV 89170

Las Vegas Central Office
Make check payable to: Las Vegas Intergroup
Send to: Alcoholics Anonymous
1431 E. Charleston, Suite # 15
Las Vegas, NV 89104

Districts 1,3,5a,5b,7,9,11,13,15,17,21
Make check payable to: YOUR District
Send to: Your appropriate district

Note: These five above places are part of our seventh tradition.
Please send your support funds on a monthly, periodic or as often
as you can. It is understood that some groups are having a hard
time just meeting Group expenses and this is most important. But
keep in mind the above places as your Group grows. Your Group’s
conscious should decide how much to send to each of the above.

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