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Every A.A. group ought to be self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
Copyright © 1952,1981 by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. All rights reserved
“Sufficient operating funds, plus an ample Reserve, should be its prudent financial principle.”
Copyright © 1962, Alcoholics Anonymous World Services Inc. All rights reserved.
Most of AAs revenue in Great Britain consists of the voluntary contributions of members at Group meetings. The remainder comes (predominantly) from literature surpluses, from interest on investments and from convention surpluses. There has been, and still is, other money in the form of gifts, bequests and legacies. The annual value of this money was significant, and notwithstanding the second part of Tradition 7, the General Service Board was legally bound to accept them.
On 25 July 1986, therefore, a private Act of Parliament was obtained, known as the Alcoholics Anonymous (Dispositions) Act 1986, empowering the General Service Board to disclaim all, or part, of such donations. The Board has set an upper limit of £10,000 per year direct personal contribution to the General Service Office and a “one-off” contribution by way of a legacy to the amount of £10,000.
Money, whatever its source, is AA money and should be spent only to further our primary purpose of helping the still suffering alcoholic. All who are trusted with the responsibility of handling AA money at every level should remind themselves constantly of this simple traditional principle’.
(extract p 73 The AA Structure Handbook for Great Britain 2013)
‘It has taken many years for the Fellowship to start to support services through members’ voluntary contribution, and the sale of approved literature. Money flowing through the service structure varies year by year. Gratitude Week in June give each member who can afford it, an opportunity to give a little extra in appreciation of their sobriety. When we take on board the full reading of Tradition 7, we understand the essence of supporting ourselves is born out of the experience of the past – financial independence is our ideal.
The groups are the stakeholders in the overall service structure. The flow of AA money through the service structure is essential. The flow of AA money through the service structure is essential to further our primary purpose of helping the suffering alcoholic in accordance with the traditions of the Fellowship.
Experience has shown us that every level of AA work is important, and we neglect them at our peril.
All donations offered to the Fellowship by those who are not members are declined.
“Both these principles we understand, that A.A wants no charity, that we support our own service.” Bill W’. (Language of the Heart Page 350)
(extract from AAGB leaflet The Pot)