The 2022 Annual Appeal begins as the ISO continues to navigate a financial crisis caused by decreases in bookstore sales, donations, and a $40,000 convention loss.
We want to send a big Thank You! to the members and groups who donated in response to urgent requests for donations in July and August. Your support has significantly improved the ISO’s financial outlook. We are now projected to end 2022 with a $25K deficit rather than the $200,000 previously forecasted.
Our challenge for 2023 is to maintain the recent gains so that we avoid cuts to our PI/CPC efforts and other ISO services. Because of the financial crisis, 14 of 39 PI/CPC projects that were planned to carry the message of recovery to the professional community in order to aid suffering sex addicts had to be canceled in 2022. These projects would have reached and helped thousands of people. It is vital that we reestablish our complete slate of PI/CPC projects in 2023 to reach as many suffering addicts as possible.
These projects do make a difference! The following feedback is from an executive director of a group of treatment centers: “Thanks so much for your awesome presentation. I got some really great feedback from my coworkers. Some of them had their horizons broadened, which I absolutely appreciate as well. All in all, our agency was strengthened by your presentation. Thank you.” The 20+ therapists and counselors who attended that presentation have access to dozens, perhaps hundreds, of recovering individuals. They will be a source of referrals to our program.
The ISO is committed to helping groups do even more projects in 2023 and beyond. SAA must continue to expand its ability to reach ever greater numbers of people.
We can only do this with your support.
Please donate today and help us reach our goal of $15,000. You can create a lasting impact if you choose to donate monthly.
Donate to the Annual Appeal above or Text-to-Donate. Members in the U.S. can text SAAHOPE (SAAHOPEG for groups) to 91999 to donate.
Paul M Executive Director, ISO of SAA On behalf of the ISO Board of Trustees
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30 Essential ISO Services and Resources
Refers newcomers to local SAA meetings and answers 1500+ phone calls, emails, letters, and texts per month.
Manages the bookstore; sells and ships literature and sobriety chips/medallions.
Ships about 50 free packets of literature to prisoners per month.
Maintains Sponsorship by Mail Program: Coordinates more than 400 SAA prisoner letter writers.
Receives an average of 200 letters per month from prisoners and forwards them to their SAA letter writer.
Educates prison officials about the SAA program.
Guides and supports SAA members to start new meetings.
Registers new meetings.
Updates the meeting database and lists public meeting information on saa-recovery.org.
Maintains four websites: saa-recovery.org, saa-iso.org, saa-convention.org, and saa-conference.org. Developing a fifth website: saa-connect.org.
Cooperates with the U.S and Canadian 2-1-1 information network of health, human, and social service organizations and provides SAA contact information for their websites.
Through the Author’s Group, supports members and groups who wish to develop and submit literature.
Produces literature in paper, electronic, and audio formats.
Works with various distributors to see that SAA literature is available in bookstores, online bookstores, and internationally.
Registers SAA trademarks and copyrights and protects them from unauthorized use.
Coordinates translations of SAA literature into various languages.
Supports ISO service committees.
Organizes over 40 Zoom conferences per month for various service committees and the Board of Trustees.
Responds to inquiries from the media.
Publishes the bi-monthly newsletter The Outer Circle, which is delivered electronically to all members including over 600 inmates.
Presents training webinars to SAA members on how to carry the message and other topics.
Provides financial and technical support to help groups carry the message of recovery via mailings, e-mails, attending professional conferences, etc.
Attends national professional conferences/conventions and educates attendees about SAA.
Identifies, trains, and supports local Cooperation with the Professional Community (CPC) Coordinators –about 100. (CPC is similar to outreach).
Identifies, trains, and supports local LifeLine Champions – about 28 of them presently.
Communicates SAA news and events via emails and websites, and soon by text.
Provides separate support lists for women, men, and LGBT members.
Coordinates the annual Delegate Conference, including creating the website for meeting and hotel registration.
Coordinates the annual ISO International Convention, including creating the website for meeting and hotel registration.
Supervises audit of SAA finances while ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including quarterly/annual reporting and collection of sales taxes.