TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ALCOHOLIC FOUNDATION

What we are told:

THE THREE LEGACIES OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 189

By 1940 we had begun to see that the AA. book should belong to
our society itself. Its shares should not be forever scattered among
forty-nine subscribers, Ruth Hock, Henry, and me. If the Foundation
could acquire these outstanding shares, the book could be placed in
trust for A.A. as a whole. The proceeds of the book would become
tax-free if the cash shareholders were paid off, and they could no
longer kick about the book’s income being used to run the AA. office.
...
Every one of the cash subscribers gladly consented to this; they were
happy to get out even
. Mr. Chipman thereupon raised a total of
$8,000 dollars, to be repaid to Mr. Rockefeller and the others out of
book profits at a later date. The subscribers turned in their shares,
received their money, and placed our Foundation in possession of a
one-third interest in Works Publishing. 

What documents from AAWS Inc. archives revealed:

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         6/20/41



TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ALCOHOLIC FOUNDATION.



Gentlemen,



        This is a proposal to readjust the status of the Alcoholic



Foundation and Works Publishing, Inc., publishers and distributors of



the book Alcoholics



Anonymous".



        The legal and accounting relationship which exists between



The Alcoholic Foundation and Works Publishing, Inc. at the present



time is as follows:



    1.  The Alcoholic Foundation owns more than 2/3 of capital stock of



       Works Publishing, Inc.



    2.  Two of the Trustees of the Alcoholic Foundation, Messrs. Taylor



       and Crystal are President and Vice President of Works Publishing Inc.



    3.  The Alcoholic Foundation and Works Publishing, Inc. have jointly



       maintained an office at 30 Vesey St. For something more than a year.



    4.  Works Publishing, Inc. signed the loops for the office but has



       been reimbursed each month by The Alcoholic Foundation to the extent



       of 50% of the rent.



    5.  In like manner substantially all of the overhead expenses at the



       Vesey St. Office, including salaries, telephone and postage have been



       defrayed 50% by The Alcoholic Foundation. Save with one or two



       exceptions, Works Publishing, Inc. has been issuing its own checks in



       payment of all expenses and has then reimbursed itself to the extent



       of 50% by drawing upon The Alcoholic Foundation.



    6.  This arrangement functioned until March 1st of this year when



       the Saturday Evening Post article greatly increased Vesey St. Office



       expenses, making it necessary to ask the A.A. groups for



       contributions payable to The Alcoholic Foundation.



    7.  The Foundation has since received approximately $1200.00 from



       the groups along with instructions that these monies be placed in a



       separate account to be known as "A.A. Operating Expenses" intended to



       defray the overhead at the Vesey St. office.



    8.  At the time the groups were solicited for the monies, a budget



       for the year commencing March 1st was submitted in which it was



       proposed that during the year the groups raise $4000,00, that the



       book contributes $3000.00 and that Mr. Rockefeller's donation of



       $1000 be applied to the "A.A. Operating Expenses" fund.



    9.  To date the funds contributed by the A.A. groups and Mr.



       Rockefeller's contribution have not been set up as a separate account



       on The Alcoholic Foundation books nor have these monies been drawn



       upon by the Vesey St. office.



    10. Nearly all of the expenses of the Vesey St. office have been



       defrayed since March 1st out of Works Publishing, Inc. funds.



    11. From March 1st until June 1st, these expenditures by Works



       Publishing, Inc. for its own and The Alcoholic Foundation account



       have been in amount $1654.50.



    12. It is therefore clear that whatever the future accounting



       arrangements may be, The Alcoholic Foundation should not reimburse



       Works Publishing, Inc. for the total expenditures of three months. At



       the same time, Works Publishing, Inc. should issue its check to The



       Alcoholic Foundation for $750.00, representing three months at $250



       as outlined in the budget submitted to the groups.



        At the last Trustees meeting it was conceded that



readjustment for the period since March 1st as suggested above would



have to take place. But the question was raised whether this



particular policy of disbursement and accounting should be continued



in the future. It was thought that perhaps it would be unwise to mix



the book funds and The Foundation funds in any way - that possibly



two ... [ text missing]

 

Check the money trail:  AA Groups --> Alcoholic Foundation --> non-alcoholics

Yes, there were "Rockefeller donations". John D. obviously received some.

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