where spirituality and money intertwine
"A.A. groups must rely entirely on the voluntary contributions of their members.
We believe that each group should quickly achieve this cherished goal; that any appeal to the general public for funds using the A.A. name is extremely dangerous, whether it be from groups, clubs, hospitals, or other organizations that are only indirectly related to A.A. We also think that it is unwise to accept gifts of great value from anyone, or donations that involve any kind of obligation.
We also watch with concern those A.A. groups that continue to accumulate funds beyond all reasonable limits and not for the stated purpose of the A.A. Fellowship. Experience has repeatedly warned us that, most likely, it is nothing more than fruitless disputes about property, money and power that can destroy our spiritual heritage.
Since its inception, A.A. has always faced costs, whether it's the cost of a cup of coffee or the cost of meeting space. At first, these expenses were often covered by individual A.A. members or their non-alcoholic friends, who offered their apartments and living rooms as meeting places. However, as A.A.'s spending began to exceed the generosity of these people, the Commonwealth's need for cash income became more and more obvious.
At first, it seemed to A.A. co-founder Bill W. and to some of its early members that the only way for the Fellowship to survive would be to seek financial support from charities or individuals outside of A.A. These "tight wallets" could provide the funds our Fellowship so desperately needs to carry out the vital work of the Twelfth Step, that is, as the early A.A.s saw it, to pay for an army of paid missionaries, a network of medical facilities, and a library for the books they still , of course, be sure to write.
However, when A.A. pioneers turned to one of the potential benefactors for funds, he, instead of giving money, helped lay the foundations of the A.A. time, in every possible way supporting the activities of the still fledgling Commonwealth.
This event was a turning point in A.A. history, and as the truth of Mr. Rockefeller's statement came to the consciousness of A.A. members, and they began to be convinced of the validity of the old adage: "He who pays the money calls the music," the seed of the Seventh Tradition took root.
Where spirituality and money intertwine
"Self-reliance begins with me, for I am part of us as a group. We pay rent and utilities, buy coffee, sweets, and A.A. literature. We provide financial support to our local office, the county committee, and our Office of General Services in New York (GSO) If we hadn't done this for them, many newcomers would never have discovered the wonder of AA!
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