Tradition 7 (Long Form)

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. Then too, we view with much concern those A.A. treasuries which continue, beyond prudent reserves, to accumulate funds for no stated A.A. purpose. Experience has often warned us that nothing can so surely destroy our spiritual heritage as futile disputes over property, money, and authority. (

Addresses of local service entities:

Area Office:

NNJGS Area 44
2325 Plainfield Ave - Suite 2J
South Plainfield, NJ 07080

Checks should be made payable to:
"NNJGS Area 44"

District Addresses:

Mail directly to your District or contact your group GSR (General Service Representative) or DCM (District Committee Member) for specifics.


2400 Morris Ave
Suite 106
Union, NJ 07083-5706

Checks should be made payable to:
"Northern New Jersey Intergroup"

General Service Office:

P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163

Excerpts from:

"Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix"

A.A. General Service Conference-approved literature

"Self-support begins with me, because I am part of us - the group. We pay our rent and utility bills, buy coffee, snacks and A.A. 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 A.A."

Q: Doesn't all A.A. money go into one pot? In other words, when our group contributes to the central office (Intergroup), isn't our money distributed to the area, district and G.S.O., as well?

A: No. Each AA entity group, district, area, central office and G.S.O. provides a specific service and is autonomous. Each is separate from the other.

Examples of Group Contributions to A.A. Service Entities: