From the December 1973 magazine.

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Self-Supporting?

Our Preamble, read at most AA meetings, says in part that "we are self-supporting through our own contributions." Rarely have our group contributions given us the right to make that statement. Looking back over the last 10 years, I see that group contributions have not met the budget for the General Service Office for a single year. The percentages by which the contributions failed to meet the budget ranged from 4% to 13% during the 10-year period.

Let's look at our 1972 performance. Out of a total of 14,168 groups reported by the U.S. and Canada, only 8,440 groups (59.6%) made the annual contribution. The total amount of group contributions from the U.S. and Canada was $557,826.55. The total number of members reported was 244,226, which averages out to $2.28 per member. Again last year, our contributions did not meet the GSO Expenses and Group Services budget of $582,200.00. This, as it does almost every year, places the burden of making up this shortage on AA publishing and, in some cases, on the reserve fund.

-- Ernest A.

Norfolk, Virginia

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