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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

Online

  • 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 or your PayPal account. Donate as a group or as an individual FA member. (Note: PayPal is accepted in more than 140 countries worldwide.)

By Mail

  • 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.

By Phone

  • 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:

  • maintaining our literature inventory and fulfilling all literature orders
  • distributing our periodical newsletter, Serenity Messenger (formerly The Twelve Step Rag )
  • keeping our website updated and functioning smoothly
  • coordinating the registration and re-registration of FA groups
  • handling communications between the World Service Board and our FA groups
  • supporting our annual World Service Convention and the work of our Group Outreach Committee
  • answering phone calls from distressed parents and other relatives concerned about their loved ones’ real or suspected use of alcohol or drugs or related behavioral problems
  • responding to inquiries about the FA program from outside the fellowship, and directing people to our meeting locations
Donating as an Individual or Group

“Money Matters”:

Checks and money orders should be made payable to “Families Anonymous, Inc.” and mailed to:

Families Anonymous, Inc.
World Service Office
701 Lee Street, Suite 670
Des Plaines, IL 60016

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

Single-event donations include:

  • gratitude donations (thanking FA for guiding your way toward peace and serenity amidst chaos and dysfunction)
  • celebratory donations (marking a special occasion, such as the sobriety milestone of a loved one or the anniversary of your first FA meeting)
  • in memoriam donations (honoring the memory of a beloved family member or friend, whether within or outside the fellowship)

Notices published in FA’s newsletter typically take the following form:

  • With gratitude to FA for helping me find peace and serenity. From Adam A., Group #1234, Anytown, CA
  • In memory of Charlie C., beloved FA friend. From Group #5678, Athens, Greece
  • In honor of Tom T.’s graduation from high school. From Frank T. and Fran T., Group #3456, Somewhere, NY

(Note: The newsletter editors reserve the right to edit submitted statements to meet space and editorial standards.)

Legacy Donations

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.

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