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Contributions – Our 7th Tradition

By 15.05.2023No Comments

Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting,
declining outside contributions.

Long form of Tradition 7

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 of 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.

Suggested Contribution Plan

We suggest that groups first pay your group bills and make sure you have literature on hand for the newcomer. Then subtract off your prudent reserve (for some groups this is nothing at all, they trust their membership to see them through, others hold back 2-3 months rent). The balance is sent to four (4) service entities.

Area 28 recommends that groups contribute to:

  • your Central or Intergroup Office
  • General Service Office
  • Area 28 ME & NB
  • your local district
Contribution Addresses

  GSO – payable to General Service Board, mail to:
General Service Office
P.O. Box 459, Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163

Maine-New Brunswick Area 28 General Service, mail to:
Area 28 Treasurer
499 Broadway #225
Bangor, ME 04401

Portland Central Service Office, mail to
47 Portland Street
Portland, Maine 04101

Downeast Intergroup, mail to
Downeast Intergroup
P.O. Box 1633
Ellsworth Maine 04605

Local District –
Look up your district’s address here

For Further Information Please visit our GSO Web site: