Alcoholics Anonymous Financial Policy
Over the years, Alcoholics Anonymous has
affirmed and strengthened a tradition of being fully
self-supporting and of not seeking, or accepting, contributions
from non-members. When outside contributions are received at the
General Service Office, they are returned with a note explaining
A.A.’s position on the question of self-support.
Within the Fellowship, the amount that may be
contributed to the support of movement-wide services by any
individual member is limited to $2,000 a year. Expenses at the
group level for rental of meeting places, coffee and
refreshments, literature, etc., are met by “passing the hat.” In
a majority of groups, an amount is set aside regularly for the
support of A.A. world services.
All contributions are voluntary. Membership in
A.A. involves no dues or fees. All groups benefit from G.S.O.
activities, although not all groups contribute to G.S.O.’s
Income from the sale of Conference-approved
books and other literature has always been an important factor
in the support of G.S.O. services, frequently insuring
continuation of those services when contributions from local
groups were inadequate.
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