YOUR DONATIONS ARE PRICELESS!
In fact, your donations are FA’s only source of revenue other than literature sales.
During the half-century of FA’s existence, our Twelve Step program has had an enormously positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of people, leading them along a path toward serenity even amidst their family’s disease of addiction.
Yet, in our society today, the problem of addiction continues unabated, and people’s need for FA is as great as it has ever been. There is so much more work to be done!
Please think about all the ways the fellowship has helped you. You can’t “pay back” the members who were there for you when you needed them the most. But you can “pay forward,” well into the future, by helping ensure that the fellowship remains alive and strong for the members who are here today and yet to come tomorrow.
One of the most important ways you can "pay forward" is by making donations to the fellowship. Your donations support the operations of FA's World Service Office, in Des Plaines, Illinois, and they sustain the work of FA's World Service Board of Directors that is so critical for keeping the corporation functioning smoothly and efficiently.
Remember, FA is bound by our 7th Tradition, which states that “Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.” Thus, FA can accept donations only from within the fellowship. This means only from you, your FA fellow members, your group, and other FA groups, intergroups, and national service boards.
You can also "spread the word" further among your fellow FA members by printing out copies of WSOF-09 Supporting Your Fellowship and distributing them at your meetings.
PLEASE THINK ABOUT THESE WAYS TO DONATE
- Add a donation to your literature orders. When ordering through FA’s Online e-Store, simply select a donation amount and add it to your cart. Your donation will then be added to the total cost of your order.
- Make a single donation or schedule recurring donations by using a major debit or credit card, Zelle, or your PayPal account. Donate as a group or as an individual FA member. (Note: PayPal is accepted in more than 140 countries worldwide.)
- Include a donation with your literature orders. Simply add the amount of your donation to the appropriate line on the literature-order form, and mail the form and your payment to the WSO.
- Make a single gift to FA, either individually or from your group. Groups that have accrued more money than necessary to pay their expenses are encouraged to donate their “surplus funds” to the WSO or to any intergroup or national service board of which they are a part.
- Make single-event donations to FA. If you would like the WSO to share news of the special event, please include a note (typed or legibly printed) stating your first name and last initial, your group number, and the reason for your donation. The notice will be published in FA’s newsletter.
- Any donations that can be made by mail (see above) can also be made by phone. To give a single gift, make a single-event donation, or order literature, call the WSO at (847) 294-5877 or, in the US, at (800) 736-9805.
By Means of Legacy Donations
- Will or Trust – Make a one-time bequest to FA, or make FA the beneficiary of a trust.
- Insurance Policy – Designate FA as the beneficiary of all or some of the proceeds of a life insurance policy.
- Investment Account – Designate FA as the beneficiary of all or some of the proceeds of an investment account, such as a 401(k).
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FA’s World Service Office
The WSO has critical responsibilities and performs essential functions that keep the fellowship running. Among them are:
How to Donate Using Zelle
How to Use ZELLE® To Donate to the Fellowship
Zelle is a computer application that enables you to electronically send and receive money to and from people you know. Once you enroll in Zelle, you only need the preferred email address or mobile phone number of the intended recipient to donate money.
Zelle is offered by over ninety (90) banks and credit unions in the United States, including Capital One, Wells Fargo, Chase, and Bank of America. To get started, make sure you’re enrolled in your bank’s mobile banking app. Go to your bank’s website or call their help line to find out how to do that.
Then, log into your mobile banking account and follow the directions to select the “Zelle” service. To send money using Zelle, you simply select the recipient from your mobile device’s contacts (or add a new recipient’s email address or U.S. mobile number), enter the amount you’d like to send, review, then hit “confirm.” For Families Anonymous, you’d use email@example.com.
The money you send goes directly from your bank account to the recipient’s bank account (even if it’s in a bank different from yours), and the funds are available in minutes. There’s no fee, no checks to write, and the transaction is secure. Once you send money to a particular person or entity (such as FA), their information is saved in your Zelle account so making future donations is easy: log into your online banking account and go to the Zelle service, click on the FA name, and enter the amount you want to give.
Now that many former face-to-face meetings are being held online, a number of local FA groups have also adopted Zelle as a way to virtually “pass the basket.” Please take a few minutes now to explore how you can use your online banking app and Zelle to conveniently support your local FA group and the World Service Office.
For additional information or support, go to https://www.zellepay.com/
*ZELLE® is a trademark owned by Early Warning Services, LLC.
Donating as an Individual or Group
Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Families Anonymous, Inc.” and mailed to:
Families Anonymous, Inc.
Because FA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, any personal donations made by members are tax deductible and will be acknowledged by a letter from the WSO.
Single-event donations include:
Notices published in FA’s newsletter typically take the following form:
(Note: The newsletter editors reserve the right to edit submitted statements to meet space and editorial standards.)
We recommend you consult with an appropriate professional (such as your estate-planning attorney, insurance professional, or financial-services professional) to determine (a) the proper procedures and precise wording for making such donations and designations, (b) the legal requirements applicable in the locale where you reside, and (c) the implications for your estate. You may also obtain more information from the WSO.