Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

Tradition 6: An AA group should never endorse, finance or lend the AA name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money property or prestige divert us from our primary purpose.

Tradition 7: Every AA group should be self-supporting declining outside contributions.

The subject of money whether it is too much or not enough can cause problems. Everyone has a different idea of how it should be spent or not spent. AA “is self-supporting through its own contributions”. Typically during a meeting a basket is passed around and most people put in a dollar. There is someone who holds onto the money but that person doesn’t decide how it is spent. It is a group effort.
Many people who come into AA are financially hurting. They are encouraged to get a job or change jobs if need be and sometimes financial advice is given. Rarely will any money be loaned as money can cause problems between people making AA less effective.
Alcoholics Anonymous doesn’t lend its name to anyone outside the groups. Their entire goal is to keep people sober and they do not stray from that idea with opinions on anything outside of sobriety.

Tradition 8: Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers.

For the most part AA is made of volunteers, however a few positions are paid. At the General Service Centers there are people that deal with the literature, organize conferences and respond to any questions that may come from outside of AA.

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