Self Support and the Seventh Tradition

“Self-support begins with me, because I am part of us – the group. We pay our rent and utility bills, buy coffee, snacks and A.A. Literature. We support our central office, our area committee, and our General Service Office. If it were not for those entities, many new people would never discover the miracles of A.A.*”
*Reprinted from Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix, page 5, with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.


Thank you to those who are monthly Grateful Givers!

In keeping with the Seventh Tradition, the San Francisco and Marin Intergroup limits contributions to two sources: A.A. groups, and individual A.A. members. While there is no limitation on the amount an A.A. group may contribute, we follow the limits established by the General Service Conference for individual contributions, currently not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) per year. Bequests in wills are acceptable on a one-time basis, and not in perpetuity. The limit is no more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00).

Together, group and individual contributions make it possible for us to coordinate the services which individual groups in San Francisco and Marin cannot provide and to facilitate twelfth step work.

For additional information regarding A.A.’s tradition of self support, please consult the pamphlet Self-Support: Where Money and Spirituality Mix, the A.A.® Guidelines on Finance, and visit

For contributions to Central Office, we ask that group treasurers include Group Name (as it appears in the meeting schedule), day, and time so we can maintain our records properly.

Getting a Group Service Number (GSN)

When making contributions to General Service (New York & local), please include your Group Service Number (GSN). If you do not know your GSN, please contact the GSO Records and Groups desk:
Email (preferred): [email protected]
Phone: (212) 870-3132 (8:00 am – 4:30 pm ET, weekdays)


Service Entity and Address Marin Amount SF Amount
San Francisco & Marin Intergroup
1821 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94109-3528
(Payable to: Central Office)
Contribute online: see above
50% 60%
General Service Office
P.O. Box 2407
James A Farley Station
New York, NY 10116-2407
(Payable to: General Service Board)
Contribute online:
30% 30%
Marin General Service District 10
P.O. Box 9193
San Rafael, CA 94912-9193
SF General Service District 06
P.O. Box 421907
San Francisco, CA 94142-1907
Contribute online, group & individual:
California Northern Coastal Area 06
1390 N. McDowell Blvd
Suite G – 339
Petaluma CA 94954
Make payable to: CNCA
(Local General Service Area Committee)
Contribute online, group: cnca06/contributegroup
Contribute online, individual: cnca06/contribute
5% 5%
Marin Teleservice Committee
P.O. Box 2458
San Rafael, CA 94912-2458
Hospital & Institution Committee
P.O. Box 192490
San Francisco, CA 94119-2490
(payable to: NorCal H & I Committee)
reference area number:
Marin: Area 61; SF: Area 62
Include a self-addressed stamped envelope
Contribute online:
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