Twelfth Step work is the lifeblood of Alcoholics Anonymous — carrying the message to the next suffering alcoholic. Without it, the Fellowship would wither and die. Yet, even at its simplest level this vital contact between one alcoholic and another involves an investment of time and money.
We cannot skimp
With the realization that A.A. must steer clear of outside contributions in order to maintain its autonomy and independence came the understanding that the money necessary for A.A.’s survival would have to come from individual A.A. members and groups. As Bill W. put it in 1957, “Our spiritual way of life is safe for future generations if, as a Society, we resist the temptation to receive money from the outside world. But this leaves us with a responsibility — one that every member ought to understand. We cannot skimp when the treasurer of our group passes the hat. Our groups, our areas, and A.A. as a whole will not function unless our services are sufficient and their bills are paid.
As AA as a whole is self-supporting through its own contributions (7th Tradition). The group may “pass the basket” to receive contributions from AA members only. This collection pays for rent, refreshments, literature and any other group expenses as determined by the group conscience. Groups should consider the costs that the Intergroup/DCM representative and GSR may incur when attending Intergroup, DCMs or Area Assemblies on their behalf. Groups usually pass on surplus funds (money left following the payment of group expenses) in a formula decided by the group conscience. The money is then sent proportionally to the local Intergroup/District Committee, Area Assembly and the General Service Office. Originally this was called the “60/30/10 Plan”, however, each group is autonomous and should disperse the surplus as the group conscience sees fit.
For more information read Self Support – Where Money and Spirituality Mix
Carry the Message
Where to send your group’s money
The following list has been compiled to facilitate the distribution of group funds.
Southern Area Assembly bank details
Nelson Intergroup bank details
Central Area Assembly bank details
Mid Central Intergroup bank details
Hawkes Bay Intergroup
Northern Area Assembly bank details
12 3045 0419482 00
Northland District Committee bank details
Auckland District Committee bank details
Northern Zone 3
Waikato District Committee
Northern Zone 3