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.

In keeping with the Seventh Tradition, Intercounty Fellowship of A.A. 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 three thousand dollars ($3,000.00) per year.

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

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

When making contributions to the General Service Office in New York, please include your Group Service Number (GSN). If you do not know your GSN, please contact the GSO Records and Groups desk at (212) 870-3132. The H&I committee requests that a self-addressed envelope be sent with your contribution.

Service Entity and Address Marin Amount SF Amount
Central Office
1821 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94109-3528
(Payable to: Central Office)
50% 60%
General Service Office
P.O. Box 459
Grand Central Station
New York, NY 10163
(payable to: General Service Board)
30% 30%
Marin General Service District
Marin General Service
P.O. Box 9193
San Rafael, CA 94912-9193
San Francisco General Service District
P.O. Box 421907
San Francisco, CA 94142-1907
California Northern Coastal Area
P.O. Box 884222
San Francisco, CA 94188-4222
Make payable to: CNCA
(Local General Service Area Committee)
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)
Monies collected in the pink cans Monies collected in the pink cans

* Your GSR can assist in determining your Group Service Number. Help is also available from Central Office during office hours. To obtain a new GSN, contact GSO. 


serving San Francisco and Marin Counties