Member Contributions

“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.”
—from the Long Form of Tradition Seven


Below are the suggested proportions for group donations:

  • 50% to Kent County Central Office
    • 4920 Plainfield NE – Suite 19, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
  • 30% to General Service Office
    • PO Box 459 Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163
  • 10% to District 7
    • PO Box 1131, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
  • 10% to Area 34 Treasurer,
    • 2017 Elkerton Ave Ste. 305, Kalamazoo, MI 49048
    • Please make checks payable to “WMAA34”

“A.A.’s far-flung Twelfth Step activities, carrying the message to the next sufferer, are the very lifeblood of our A.A. adventure. Without this vital activity, we would soon become anemic; we would literally wither and die.

Now where do A.A.’s services—worldwide, area, local—fit into our scheme of things? Why should we provide these functions with money? The answer is simple enough. Every single A.A. service is designed to make more and better Twelfth Step work possible, whether it be a group meeting place, a central or intergroup office to arrange hospitalization and sponsorship, or the world service Headquarters [now the General Service Office] to maintain unity and effectiveness all over the globe.

Though not costly, these service agencies are absolutely essential to our continued expansion—to our survival as a Fellowship. Their costs are a collective obligation that rests squarely upon all of us. Our support of services actually amounts to recognition on our part that A.A. must everywhere function in full strength—and that, under our Tradition of self-support, we are all going to foot the bill.”

Bill W., October 1967 Grapevine