You’ve no doubt heard it said that Al‑Anon helps us become responsible for ourselves—including our finances. Yet seldom do we think of making a will in terms of responsibility. A will is a legacy to future generations.
When preparing a will, people consider those who are important to them—families, friends, and charitable organizations. Many Al‑Anon members have designated Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. (the World Service Office) as a beneficiary in their will, in gratitude for the help given by our fellowship during their lifetime.
You, too, can designate Al‑Anon as a beneficiary in your will. Your attorney can help with the designation process. Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our tax number is available upon request. Since we abide by a tradition of self-support, Al‑Anon only accepts bequests from members. If you make a bequest, please let the WSO know so we can affirm your membership and accept your gift as intended. You can also contact the WSO directly for more information.
Just as our founders provided us with the Legacies of the Steps, Traditions, and Concepts of Service, each member also has an opportunity to provide a legacy of help and hope to other families and friends of alcoholics. Designating a bequest to Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. is one way to ensure that our program will be there for future generations. Your gift will help the Al‑Anon World Service Office to continue to carry the message of recovery to those friends and family members of alcoholics still suffering.
The Forum, July 2022
Feel free to reprint this article on your service arm website or newsletter, along with this credit line: Reprinted with permission of The Forum, Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc., Virginia Beach, VA.
I’m rewriting some of my will now and am grateful to read about Al-Anon as a beneficiary. I will call WSO to ask how I would be “affirmed” as a member. I joined in 1985.