DA's Tradition of Self-Support
How to Contribute To Our Fellowship
What is DA’s 7th Tradition?
- Just like your own group, the GSO is
self-supporting through the contributions of DA groups and members
everywhere. The GSO cannot serve you or any suffering compulsive debtor
without your personal and your group’s experience, strength, hope and
financial support. The GSO must serve a rapidly growing number of
members like you and groups like yours, and it cannot do so without
adequate funds and prudent reserves. Each DA member and each group is
asked to provide regular support at every level so each DA member, each
group and the GSO can do the most important task that any of us has: to
carry the message to the still-suffering compulsive debtor.
How do my contributions help DA?
- Contributions support the General
Service Office (GSO)
- Contributions help publish literature
and other materials
Where does DA’s income come from?
Where does DA’s money go?
% OF TOTAL INFLOWS
% OF TOTAL OUTFLOWS
How can I make a personal
- Each individual DA member who is able
is asked to contribute at each meeting so your local group has enough
funds to pay rent, buy literature, sponsor special events, build a
prudent reserve, and contribute to any Area Group, any Intergroup and
the GSB. Even if you are unable to give, please keep coming back. The
still-suffering debtor is the most important person in DA and all the
efforts of both the GSO and the GSB serve you and help you and all
compulsive debtors like you recover. Members who have experienced
prosperity through recovery in DA are asked to put $5 in the basket at
each meeting. Individuals can make separate contributions to the GSB of
up to $5000 per year. Individuals may want to give directly to the GSB
on a regular basis or to celebrate special occasions such as…
contributions. If you receive a new job or a raise, pay off a debt,
resolve a legal issue successfully, or are blessed in any other way
through your recovery in DA, you may want to express your gratitude with
- Anniversary Gifts.
Many DA members give special gifts to the GSB to commemorate the
anniversary of their first DA meeting or their first day of abstinence
from compulsive debting.
contributions: many DA members put monthly or quarterly contributions to
the GSB, above and beyond their group donations, in their personal
How can my meeting contribute?
- We suggest your group establish a
group spending plan and a local treasury with adequate prudent reserves,
usually three months of normal expenses. Meet your local expenses first
to keep the meeting healthy. Divide any surplus—each month—by the
following recommended formula: if your area has an Intergroup,
contribute 50% of any surplus to Intergroup, and 505 to the GSB. If your
area has an Intergroup and an Area Group of GSRs, then contribute 45% to
Intergroup, 45% to the GSB and 10% to the Area Group. If your area does
NOT have either an Intergroup or an Area Group, contribute 100% of the
surplus to the GSB. Each treasurer should send a contribution by check
or money order after the group’s monthly business meeting.
How can my Intergroup contribute?
- Intergroups are asked to contribute
100% of their surplus to the GSB.
What can my Area Group do?
- Area Groups are asked to contribute
100% of their surplus to the GSB.
Collecting contributions for special
- Many groups and Intergroups pass a
special basket to support the GSB during special events, such as
Fellowship Days, World Service Month, group anniversaries, etc.
Where do I send my contribution?
- Please make your check or money order
payable to “DAGSB” and mail to DA GSO, PO Box 920888, Needham, MA
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