Alcoholics Anonymous’ Seventh Tradition states:
Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
While contributions cover each group’s rent and other expenses, the Seventh Tradition is essential at every level of A.A. service. It is both a privilege and a responsibility for groups and members to ensure that not only their group, but also their intergroup/central office, local services, district, area, and the General Service Office remain self-supporting. This keeps A.A. free of outside influences that might divert us from our primary purpose — to help the alcoholic who still suffers. The amount of our contribution is secondary to the spiritual connection that unites all groups around the world.
Out of respect for our tradition of self-support, only contributions from A.A. members or groups can be accepted. Thank-you for your support!
The Alcoholics Anonymous (Area 80) Birthday Plan is one avenue through which we can express our personal gratitude in sobriety.
From the paragraph called “Where Money & Spirituality Mix” [AA Guidelines – Finances] :
Contributions are made in a spirit of sacrifice, and they honor A.A.’s code of “love and service.” Contributions also underscore the spiritual nature of our Fellowship and our mutual love and trust. We have found that these contributions are as important to each member as they are to the service centers supported.
If you are already a member of the Area 80 Birthday Plan, we want to personally thank you. If you were at one time, but are not sure whether you have been active, please take the time to send us an email, and we will update your contact information.
If you choose to join the plan, you will receive an email from the administrator on your sobriety birthday, offering the opportunity to contribute a voluntary amount. Members customarily contribute $1, $2 or even $5 a year for each year of sobriety—others may give a few cents a day for each day of their sobriety. Thank you in advance for supporting A.A. in Manitoba! Your Birthday Plan contributions enable Area 80 members to further our primary purpose: “to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety”.