Contribution – Our 7th Tradition


Our 7th Tradition

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

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
    • 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:

28 Treasurer
499 Broadway #225
Bangor, ME 04401

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:

General Service Office Web site