D.A.’s Tradition of Self-Support
How to Contribute To Our Fellowship
What is D.A.’s 7th Tradition?
Debtors Anonymous is self-supporting through the contributions of D.A. groups and members everywhere. D.A. cannot serve you or any suffering compulsive debtor without your personal and your group’s experience, strength, hope and financial support. The Fellowship’s office must serve a growing number of members like you and groups like yours, and it cannot do so without adequate funds and prudent reserves. Each D.A. member and group is asked to provide regular support at every level, so that each DA member, each group, and the office 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 D.A.?
Your contributions support:
- The General Service Office (GSO)
- the publication of literature and other recovery materials
- public information activities
- bookkeeping and accounting services, insurance, website maintenance, and other administrative costs
- World Service Conference
How can I make individual contributions?
- Contributions at Meetings: Each individual D.A. 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 Fellowship as a whole. Even if you are unable to give, please keep coming back. The still-suffering debtor is the most important person in D.A. and all the efforts of both the GSO and the General Service Board (GSB) serve you and help you and all compulsive debtors like you recover. Members who have experienced prosperity through recovery in D.A. can consider putting $5 or more in the basket at each meeting. Additionally, individuals can make direct contributions to the Fellowship of up to $5,000 per calendar year. Individuals may want to contribute directly to the Fellowship on a regular basis or to celebrate special occasions such as:
- Regular Contributions: many D.A. members put direct monthly or quarterly contributions to the Fellowship, above and beyond what they contribute to their groups, in their personal spending plans.
- Prosperity 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 D.A., you may want to express your gratitude with a contribution.
- Anniversary Gifts: Many D.A. members give special gifts to D.A. to commemorate the anniversary of their first D.A. meeting or their first day of abstinence from compulsive debting.
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 or quarter—by the following recommended formula: if your area has an Intergroup, contribute 50% of any surplus to Intergroup, and 50% 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 events
Many groups and Intergroups pass a special basket to support the Fellowship during special events, such as Fellowship Days, World Service Month, group anniversaries, etc.
Where do I send my contribution?