Where Do Donations Go?

If you are new to GreySheeters Anonymous, and especially if GSA is your first experience with a Twelve-Step fellowship, you may find be wondering why we are asking you to contribute.

If there are no dues or fees for GreySheeters Anonymous membership, why do meetings always pass the basket? Why is GSA World Services always asking for money? And why so much money? Aren't all our trusted servants volunteers?

It's true that no GreySheeter gets paid for carrying the message of GSA to the compulsive eater who still suffers. Whether we are sponsoring, qualifying at a meeting, acting as Group Treasurer, or serving as a Group Service Representative (GSR), Intergroup Service Representative (ISR), or Trustee, we do so freely as part of our own spiritual recovery (Step 12).

No member is required to contribute to the Seventh Tradition collection. Especially in these times, some members experience severe financial hardship and are simply unable to do so. The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop eating compulsively. You are welcome in the GSA fellowship even if you never give money to GSAWS or even to your local group.

Nevertheless, there are many costs involved in the work that GSAWS does to support its members and groups. In past years, the lack of funds often meant that GSAWS was unable to hold the Conference every year or provide services that members of the fellowship had asked for. Thanks to the work of the Seventh Tradition Committee, GSAWS has been able to address some of those issues. 

We appreciate the generosity of every member and group that makes a donation. We also know that there's a long way to go before we can make our Vision for World Service a reality.

How GSAWS Uses Your Donations

GSAWS makes all its financial information available to the public—this is part of both federal and New York law for nonprofits. You can download our Current and 3-year Budgets and monthly Treasurer’s Reports if you want to see the details. 

Budgets & Spending

For those who hate spreadsheets, we have some charts to show you where your money goes.

Financial Year 2021 Budget

General Operations   $10,000  25%
 Literature  $5,500  14%
 Website  $2,500  6%
 Prudent Reserve  $9,000 22%
World Service Conference $13,500 33%
TOTAL $40,500 100%
Pie chart illustrating GSAWS budget allocations for 2021.
Pie chart illustrating GSAWS expenses for 2020

Financial Year 2021 Expenses

General Operations  $3671.44 18%
 Literature  $1255.66 6%
 Website $3165.72 16%
 Prudent Reserve $7768.00 39%
World Service Conference $4273.64 21%
TOTAL $20,134.46 100%

An Explanation of Major Expenses

When the GSA World Service Conference takes place in person, GSAWS pays the venue deposit, the parliamentarian and transcriptionist, and covers travel and accomodation expenses for all members of the Board of Trustees. 

When the Conference takes place remotely, web conferencing fees replace travel and accomodation expenses, reducing the overall cost of the conference.

General Operations includes accounting and legal fees, merchant service charges, the Post Office Box, web conferencing, telephone, and similar administrative expenses.

Literature expenses include printing and distribution costs and any professional design and editing services for our books.

Website costs include hosting, domain registration, software licensing and support fees, and paying a web professional to keep the technical side of the website in order.

To create a Prudent Reserve, GSAWS sets aside an amount equal to 6 months of operating expenses. All GSA groups and intergroups are encouraged to maintain a prudent reserve once they have covered their current expenses.

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