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.
But we do have expenses …
When you “put money in the basket” you support your group and A.A. worldwide. You help make sure that:
- Your group gets meeting space
- Phones get answered
- Alcoholic inmates get Big Books
- Professionals get correct information about A.A.
- Loner A.A.s get letters
- Newcomers get literature and meeting lists
- A.A.s around the globe share experience, strength and hope
“I want the hand of A.A. always to be there…”