“Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.”
A.A.’s Seventh Tradition means that only A.A. members contribute financially to A.A. – and even A.A. members are limited in the amount they can contribute. This is meant to keep A.A. free of outside influences that might divert us from our primary purpose — to help the alcoholic who still suffers. The amount of the contribution is secondary to the spiritual connection that unites all groups around the world.
— from A.A. World Services
The A.A. groups themselves ought to be fully supported by the voluntary contributions of their own members. We think that each group should soon achieve this ideal; that any public solicitation of funds using the name of Alcoholics Anonymous is highly dangerous, whether by groups, clubs, hospitals, or other outside agencies; that acceptance of large gifts from any source, or of contributions carrying any obligation whatever, is unwise.
— from Tradition Seven (Long Form)