Contributing to NA through planned giving

Re-posting from the July 2017 NA Way Magazine:

Many of us are aware of the ways in which our time and energy make it possible to carry NA’s message to others. And the money we contribute is just as valuable to making NA’s message of hope and recovery available to more and more addicts. Our Twelfth Step teaches us that the more we help others, the more we help ourselves—and the generous act of contributing money to ensure our success to help other addicts is no different. We’re all familiar with what we do when the basket is passed at a meeting, but there are other ways to contribute financially, too. NA members and their loved ones often ask about contributing to NA World Services through planned giving. The fol- lowing information is offered to attempt to answer some of those questions.

The first and most common question is: “Is it appropriate to leave money (or other personal assets) to NA?” Our Seventh Tradition reminds us that NA is funded by our members’ contributions. Our intention to donate after our death isn’t confined or prevented by our Traditions. So in the spirit of our guiding principles, yes, we can choose to bequeath assets to NA after we die.

If a member is interested in contributing to NA in this way, arrangements must be made while he or she is alive to ensure harmony with our Traditions and our ability to accept the contribution. Often, family members or friends want to donate to NA World Services in memory of a member who has passed. Unfortunately, accepting such a donation would be in conflict with our Tradi- tions because it wasn’t clearly initiated or made by the NA member, and World Services declines several offers like this each year.

How much? Our Seventh Tradition tells us that each NA member should not “contribute more than their fair share” (It Works: How and Why, Tradition Seven). Beyond that, our literature doesn’t specify restrictions on members’ contributions. Just as when a basket is passed at a meeting, your fair share is completely your own determination based on your individual circumstances. Currently, there is no minimum or maximum limit on what an NA member can contribute, either while they are alive or after they die.

Here are some general guidelines for those interested in planned giving:

  • Intentions to leave something to the NA Fellowship need to be in writing, and that usually takes the form of your last will and testament. The best resource to prepare for planned giving is a licensed probate or estate planner.
  • To better ensure that the contribution is received, the written instruction should direct that it be made to “NA World Services, a California nonprofit public benefit cor- poration organized under Section 501(c)(3), bearing tax identification number 95-3090596; 19737 Nordhoff Place; Chatsworth, California, USA 91311.”
  • Gifts of money or other liquid assets are always the most flexible, so are generally the most useful gifts. If you wish to leave items other than liquid assets, we’ll do our very best to deal with those in the way that will best benefit the Fellowship. In the case where noncash assets are be- queathed, NA World Services may liquidate those assets for cash, through proper means, and put the resulting funds into the general fund.

NA World Services will always devote your gift where the need is the greatest. We never know exactly what that will be, as our worldwide Fellowship’s needs are constantly changing. We will attempt to honor any preference or dedication of your gift, but must ask that you allow us the flexibility to make the final determination ourselves.

In harmony with our Eleventh Concept, we have no pro- cesses to accept restricted funds or funds for stipulated purposes. If we receive earmarked or targeted donations, we must return them. To avoid this, it is important that your written intentions state your understanding and agreement with this flexibility so that we can accept the donation. A sample of such a statement is: “Although I understand that no assurances can be given, it is my preference that this gift be used for ________, if possible.”

As mentioned, engaging a licensed probate or estate plan- ner as a part of your efforts will ensure that the planned giving process is completed accurately.

As members, we all invest our time and energy in service to our Fellowship, and we contribute what we are able to give financially. We give freely, knowing that our efforts help our Fellowship grow. Whether we’re giving to our area or regional service committees or to NA World Services, the “return on our investment” in NA is priceless. Because of our collective efforts, we have a thriving and vibrant NA Fellowship that supports our personal recovery and, “when we step back and look at Narcotics Anonymous as a whole, the view is breathtaking.”

You may also want to check out IP #24, Money Matters: Self-support in NA, and IP #28, Funding NA Services, for more on our Seventh Tradition at work in NA.

All literature quotations, unless otherwise noted, are from Guiding Principles: The Spirit of Our Traditions, Tradition Seven

For additional information, or if you have comments or questions on planned giving, please email World Services at

FIPT Inspection Request from the South Florida Region

To: World Service Conference Participants
From: World Board
Date: 29 August 2017
Re: FIPT Inspection Request from the South Florida Region

Hello Conference Participants,

As you may know, the Operational Rules of the Fellowship Intellectual Property Trust (FIPT) describe a process whereby a regional service committee can request to inspect the records and operations of the Trust. Following this cover memo are three documents related to such a request we received from a regional delegate on behalf of his region. These documents are the request from the South Florida Region dated 17 April 2017; our response dated 29 August 2017; and an Addendum, which responds directly to each of the ten Concerns listed in the request. We are forwarding these documents to all Conference participants to keep you updated on this matter and because this is an issue we expect to discuss at the 2018 World Service Conference—both this particular request and the process for making and responding to these types of requests.

We apologize for the legal tone of our response and the Addendum. We would prefer never to have to consult attorneys when responding to members or service bodies. We would much rather resolve issues and concerns within the Fellowship rather than resort to legal means, but when a request involving legal matters is made of World Services, a legal response is both prudent and appropriate.

As the documents that follow explain, after consulting with both our corporate and copyright attorneys, we do not believe all of the Concerns described in the request fall within the purview of a FIPT inspection. We are also awaiting confirmation from the requesting region about their specific concerns. We expect to have more to report before the 2018 World Service Conference, and we will request the guidance of the WSC. We see our role as Trustee not just as a set of legal duties, but fundamentally in terms of spiritual principles. We have been charged with a legal “fiduciary” responsibility, which, simply put, means a position of trust, and we strive to honor that spiritual ideal. Clear reporting and communication are consistent with our commitment to accountability and integrity.

We would also like to have a more general conversation with the Conference about the process for requesting an inspection of the Trust. The FIPT was drafted and approved in 1993, before the restructuring of World Services. When the FIPT was approved, the budget of the World Service Office was separate from that of the World Service Conference, and not under the control of the WSC. The financial structure adopted by the Conference during the restructuring of World Services does not lend

itself to a quick and easy Trust inspection. We do not segregate Trust property in this way; we organize our financials according to the policies adopted by the Conference and as described in A Guide to World Services in NA.

As the FIPT is currently written, a single region can request an inspection of the records and operations of the Trust, and such an inspection can be both time‐consuming and costly. We are not sure this part of the Operational Rules reflects the Conference’s current thinking. A policy that allows a single region to make a decision involving the allocation of so many resources seems contrary to our evolution toward a consensus‐based Conference. This is one of those policies that we have known was outdated and unclear for some time, but have not wanted to drag the Fellowship through a detailed review. The recent inspection request, however, has made it clear we may be overdue to have this conversation. 

The whole document is available as a PDF file:

2017 Maui Area Gathering Program

2017 Maui Area Gathering of NA Program 


1:00PM – 4:00PM           Check In & Registration

5:00PM – 6:00PM           Dinner (Potluck)

6:30PM – 8:00PM          Meeting – Speaker and Open Discussion

8:30PM – 9:00PM           Hiuwai Presentation – Abner and Varna

9:30PM – 10:30PM        Meeting – Campfire


5:30AM – 7:00AM          Hiuwai Cleansing

7:00AM – 8:00AM          Hiuwai Wrap-Up Meeting

8:00AM – 9:00AM          Breakfast

9:30AM – 10:30AM       Meeting (Floating) – Step One

11:00AM – 12:00PM      Meetings – Men’s and Women’s Stag

12:00PM – 1:00PM         Lunch

1:00PM – 2:00PM          Nar-Anon Family Group Meeting

2:00PM – 4:00PM           “Leisure Time” – Keiki Fair, Hike to Petroglyphs, Ocean Play Time…

4:00PM – 5:00PM          Meeting – “Carrying the Message” (Male and Female Speakers)

5:30PM – 6:30PM           Dinner

7:00PM – 8:00PM          Meeting – Speaker and Clean Time Countdown

8:30PM – 9:30PM           Music Jam and Dance

10:00PM – 11:00PM      Meeting – Campfire


8:00AM – 9:00AM          Breakfast

9:00AM – 10:00AM       Meeting – Spiritual Speaker and Wrap-Up

10:00AM                       Checkout

Start To Live Anniversary Dance

Friday night Start To Live is celebrating its anniversary  by having a dance:

When: Friday, September 22nd

Where: Church of the Crossroads

Time: Meeting is from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Dance starts at 7:15PM and ends at 10:00PM.

Tickets are $5 resale and $6 at the door.

Helping hands tickets available at the door, kids are free.

Bring potluck for the dance if you like!

For resale tickets you can call Mike at 499-8556

World Convention in Orlando, Florida, 2018

WCNA 37 – “The Magic Is Still Real

30 August through 2 September 2018
Orlando, FL, USA

Excitement is building, and we are almost ready to open pre-registration and hotel reservations for WCNA 37! We expect to go on sale sometime in September 2017. We will send out an email when we know the exact dates. Right now, we are busy finalizing contracts and making arrangements for what is certain to be a wonderful celebration of our recovery in Orlando, Florida. We are also working to improve the onsite experience for everyone who pre-registers; we hope better use of technology will speed up the process of picking up your packages.

There is another incentive to pre-register: We are planning a drawing for two full convention packages, including registration and all WCNA special event tickets (but not including pre-registration merchandise). All members who pre-register before the cutoff date will be eligible. There will be more specific details about this when we registration opens.

We do need to let you know that there was an incident in which one of the hotel chains may have given the impression that hotel rooms blocked at our convention rate were on sale by taking a small number of room reservations from NA members. This happened without our authorization or involvement. As we understand it, the hotel(s) are working to resolve this challenge. Please note that there are already outside websites or apps that are saying “book your hotel now” these are not from us. We will provide you with all the links to the official site when we go live.

We expect that we will go on sale without all the details worked out on some of the entertainment and special events, which is not unusual for a World Convention. We will add events as they become finalized, but you need not wait to register. Special event seating assignments are determined by the date of pre-registration. This means that the location of your seat for ticketed events is driven by the registration date, not by the date you purchase the tickets. The key to getting the best seats is to register early.

Information about WCNA 37 workshop and main speaker submissions and volunteer sign-up will be made available once we go on sale.

Also, we try to help members who need assistance with visas to enter the US. Please contact for more information.

Again, we are working feverishly to get the details worked out as quickly as possible.

See you in Orlando!