The Seventh Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous states A.A. groups ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We do not solicit contributions from outside sources or third parties.
AA members are encouraged to contribute what they can to “the basket” at each meeting ($1-$3 if possible) to cover the group’s expenses (rent, coffee, literature) and to routinely support A.A.’s outreach through its service entities (District, Area, General Service Office) which carry the message to active alcoholics in search of a solution to their alcoholism.
A.A. groups holding onto treasuries, beyond prudent reserves, are encouraged to divest their holdings appropriately to enable the work of A.A. to be done expeditiously. Experience has shown us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority. It is up to your informed group conscience to decide how your group will distribute funds collected from individual A.A. members during meetings. Possible divisions to consider are:
60% to District, 30% to Area, 10% to General Service Office (GSO)
50% to District, 30% to Area, 20% to GSO
40% to District, 30% to Area, 30% to GSO
30% to District, 30$ to Area, 30% to GSO, 10% Intergroup
If you have any questions or concerns, email your district treasurer or DCM (Find trusted servant emails here.)
Please Send Group Contributions:
HMB Area Association: Ship & Copy 118 Polar Plaza, #114 Amsterdam, NY 12010
HMB District 7: P.O. Box 1654, Kingston, NY 12402
HMB District 15: P.O. Box 423, Milton, NY 12547
HMB District 16: PO Box 471 Saugerties, NY 12477 HMB Area Association Ship & Copy 118 Polar Plaza, #114 Amsterdam, NY 12010
General Service Office: (make check out to “General Service Board”) PO Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163
Pre-addressed group contribution envelopes are available from the General Service Office.
ALWAYS write your Group Number on your check. If you aren’t sure what your group number is, email the District Records Chair. (Find trusted servant emails here.)