Carrying the message around the world is costly, we are doing our best to translate the literature into all languages, continue to maintain our new website, bring ACA to countries that have no ACA meetings, pay our special workers, and on and on and it all costs while we volunteer, thank you so much! Make a 7th Tradition Contribution here.
Every ACA group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions
- “Fully self-supporting means that we, the members of ACA, support all of ACA, including rent, refreshments, literature, Intergroup and World Services, and any other miscellaneous expenses we incur. The Seventh Tradition contributions are the collective offerings of our members to support ourselves, independent of any, and all, outside contributors. We refuse outside contributions, so that we will be free of any outside pressures, influences, or control that could contaminate our ACA goals. We are independent of non-ACA contributors.”
- Treasurer: …. “Keeps a prudent reserve (usually two month’s meeting expenses)…. Sends 60 percent of remaining group funds to Intergroup and 40 percent to World Service Organization each month.”
- Every meeting should have a trusted servant, a treasurer , to maintain a record of all income received by the meeting and keep all receipts for disbursements by the meeting. The group treasurer should make a monthly report to the group and calculate the amount of the Seventh Tradition donations being sent to their Intergroup and the World Service Organization. This is sent monthly or quarterly. The fund flow model of ACA is based on a 60/ 40 disbursement. After the group meets its monthly expenses and sets aside money for a prudent reserve, 60 percent of what is left over is usually sent to the local Intergroup and 40 percent is sent to WSO. A prudent reserve usually is the amount that equals two month’s worth of meeting expenses. The meeting expenses would include rent, utilities, and other group expenses. The most effective and efficient way to protect the finances of a meeting is to have a bank checking account that requires two signatures on each check.
- You can send in a check made out to ACA WSO and you can designate your meeting number on it if you’d like
P.O. Box 811,
- How do I donate online?
- How do I send in a donation (address at bottom of linked page)
- Fellowship donations recorded here
- From Tradition Six in Chapter 19:
“ACA does not finance; we don’t give or lend money to an individual or an ACA group.”
- From Tradition Seven in Chapter 19:
Tradition Seven also reminds us of our need to pay our own way as a group or fellowship. While it is noble to turn away large gifts from an outside source, we cannot expect others to pay our own way at the group level. Refusing outside contributions means that we pay rent or attempt to pay rent for meeting space. Some churches and hospitals choose to offer such a meeting room free of charge. They view ACA as a positive addition to the community. To honor our Seventh Tradition, the ACA meeting should still make some payment for use of the room. We want to pay our own way to honor the Seventh Tradition and to show support of something we believe in. We want to be fully self-supporting so that ACA remains alive. We want ACA to be free of entanglement and to be available when someone reaches out for help.
- Tax Status 501
The ACA WSO is recognized by the US IRS as a 501(C)(3) charity organization. ACA Members making 7th Tradition donations to the WSO can thus deduct those donations for tax purposes. Click here for a copy of the IRS letter confirming that status.
- Tax Status 501
World Service is unable to cover individual meetings under our 501(c)3 status. For a meeting to be incorporated as a non-profit, you do have to file tax returns and you also need to file Bylaws, which makes it even less likely for individual meetings to go through that process. Meetings handle their finances in a variety of ways, depending on the comfort level of the meeting and the group’s Treasurer – some on a cash basis and some through their Treasurer’s personal checking account. In some cases, individuals are able to open a second account with their bank that’s just used for their meeting and even are able to add a second signatory to the account from the meeting. And generally, if a meeting sets up checks and balances in how they collect and distribute funds, not maintaining more than their Prudent Reserve, things seem to work out
- Meeting Insurance
ACA WSO is a nonprofit organization, however, we do not provide liability insurance or liability certificates for groups being asked to do so by facilities where they hold meetings. This is consistent with Alcoholics Anonymous and other Twelve Step fellowships based on the Twelve Traditions and also based on our nonprofit status and bylaws. This is also consistent with ACA WSO policy and Traditions. Meetings often can find a resolution with the facility and reach out to adult children needing help. There is another option of contacting any intergroup on our website, many intergroups all over the world have found solutions to these group issues. It’s possible that other meetings in your state can share what they’ve done in that situation, reaching out to other meetings is a great way to find a solution for a lot of group situations.
- Tax ID Number
Meetings generally do not require a tax ID number, and getting a business tax ID can be a rather expensive process (local business license, followed by various forms and fees with the state and federal government). As long as the meeting’s donations basically cover expenses, there is no need for a business license. Some meetings have their own checking account, though most do not. Some treasurers just keep the funds within their own personal account, with a spreadsheet or such to track and report the meeting funds. Other meeting Treasurer just keep the cash in a safe place. As long as the meeting members are comfortable with the arrangement, it’s up to the Treasurer to decide. When a meeting wants a separate account, the Treasurer can generally set up a personal type account for that purpose at a local bank, through keep in mind that the monthly bank fees may consume a large portion of the weekly donations. Also, while setting up such an account, the bank will generally want the Social Security Number (SSN) of a primary “owner”, which is usually the meeting Treasurer. Indeed, even with a business tax ID number in hand, the bank’s today usually also demand such a personal SSN.