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From the May 2019 magazine.

So what is AA Grapevine Inc?

A trustee helps explain what one of our three corporations does and how it serves the Fellowship

Over the next few months I will dissect the three corporations of Alcoholics Anonymous, of which there are three: The General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. (GSB), and two affiliate corporations of the GSB—AA Grapevine, Inc. (AAGV) and Alcoholics Anonymous World Services, Inc. (AAWS). Being an affiliate means that some (in this case, all) of its stock is owned by the parent company. The formal ownership of these corporations from the eye of the IRS are the 21 trustees of the General Service Board. All three of these corporations have the same, basic mission: to serve the AA Fellowship. 

This month I will describe the makeup of AAGV, its mission, its structure and some practical aspects for every AA member to know what they own from a spiritual basis, beyond what the IRS considers it to be. I know of no other corporation that operates with an inverted triangle that places the management on the bottom and the general membership at the top, but that is also how we retain our spiritual design. 

-- Tom A.

West Central Trustee & AAWS Director, Waite Park, Minnesota

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