The Seventh Tradition states:
“Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”
While contributions cover each group’s rent and other expenses, the Seventh Tradition is essential at every level of A.A. service. It is both a privilege and a responsibility for groups and members to ensure that not only their group, but also their intergroup/central office, local services, district, area, and the General Service Office remain self-supporting.
This keeps A.A. free of outside influences that might divert us from our primary purpose – to help the alcoholic who still suffers.
The amount of our contribution is secondary to the spiritual connection that unites all groups around the world.
One off or recurring bank transfers can be made directly to the AA 12 Step Office Contributions Account:
Cheques made payable to AA 12 STEP OFFICE INC can be sent to:
Self-support begins with me, because I am part of us — the group. We pay our rent and utility bills, buy coffee, snacks and AA literature. We support our central office, our area committee, and our General Service Office. If it were not for those entities, many new people would never discover the miracles of AA.
Reprinted from Self Support: Where Money & Spirituality Mix with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.
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. In keeping with our Seventh Tradition, we ask that you only donate if you are a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.
In Australia, the maximum contribution from an individual member is limited. From 2016, the maximum total donation limit from any member in any given year is $15,000. The maximum bequest from a deceased AA member is $25,000. These amounts are reviewed from time to time.