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Annual Appeal 2013

Request for a Year-end Contribution

“Our message is simple and profound: that recovery from sex addiction is possible through working the Twelve Steps of SAA, and that following this program results in a spiritual awakening.”

Sex Addicts Anonymous, Second Edition, p. 59
Amount of donation $

Individual / Group *Requied Field (will not submit if not selected)

      

Dear Members of the SAA Fellowship:

A particular share I heard early on in my recovery was "I am grateful to be a sex addict". I could not understand how someone could be grateful for this addiction. As I worked my program of recovery, I begin to understand. I began to enjoy the gifts of recovery. I became a real human being. I thought of others before myself, and I was motivated to give my time and money to help others; I went from living in a personal hell to living in recovery.

The experience of my sex addiction became a platform for helping others. It opened my eyes and heart to spirituality. I was able to forgive myself and make amends to others. I was able to begin living a new life free of compulsive sexual behavior, free of financial worries, and free of resentments. Being a sex addict could be a gift and provide a purpose in one's life. Wow! I realized I was grateful to be a sex addict.

The number of registered member groups continues to grow at a rate of around 10%. This growth rate has been consistent for the last ten years. What has changed in 2012 and 2013 is that we have seen a growth rate of around 35% in meetings outside of the United States. And along with this international growth, we have received numerous requests for our literature in their native languages.

One of our major focuses in 2014 will be looking at how we might be able to support these new international meetings, including ways to provide our literature in their languages.

Please consider providing financial support to the ISO to enable us to help these fledging groups become stronger by making it easier for them to use our literature and by helping them grow and become self-supporting.

As occurs with growth of any organization, the ISO is experiencing an increase in the amount of work. We have more members, groups, and committees to support. We have more information to manage. The ISO is looking at using technology to help us work smarter, and improve our ability to reach out to our younger members, who are increasingly technology dependent.

Please consider financial support of the ISO, so that we can afford to upgrade our current technology which will allow us to support our current members better and to improve our outreach capability.

Many of you are familiar with our LifeLine Partner program, and many have become LifeLine Partners. During the past couple of years, we have launched a 7th Tradition initiative with a goal of receiving $20,000 per month of steady, predictable income from this program. Members of our fellowship have responded, and we continue to add new LifeLine partners each month.

As a result of the success of our LifeLine Partner initiative, we are considering dropping our mid-year fundraising effort (Freedom from Addiction Week). This will mean our only Seventh Tradition appeal each year will be this end-of-year annual appeal.

Please consider supporting our annual appeal this year, as we depend on these funds to underwrite our current outreach and support programs, as the fellowship grows.

As we come to the end of 2013, the ISO of SAA wishes to express its gratitude for the many financial gifts it has received and for the many hours given by members in service to the ISO and the fellowship. Below is a fact sheet that will give you an idea of the scope of ISO outreach activities handled though the ISO office. We ask for your financial contributions today to help us continue our current activities and expand our reach to many, many more.

Please remember the value of our fellowship in your life and consider a generous gift to the ISO.

Thank you in advance for your support, and best wishes for success in your recovery,
Joe H.
Executive Director, ISO of SAA
On behalf of the ISO Board of Trustees


Alternatively donate by check, payable to "ISO."
Mark it "Annual Appeal" and mail it to:

ISO
PO Box 70949
Houston, TX 77270


Amount of donation $

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Consider ongoing support of the ISO.
Learn more about becoming a Lifeline Partner.



2013 ISO ACTIVITY

OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS:

  • OUTREACH EMAILS SENT: 310 per month
  • INCOMING PHONE CALLS: 790 per month
  • VOICE MAILS RETURNED: 55 per month (90% OF TELEPHONE CALLS ANSWERED LIVE BY A STAFF MEMBER)
  • OUTER CIRCLE NEWSLETTER NOW SENT ELECTRONICALLY TO OVER 4,700 MEMBERS ON OUR E-MAIL LIST

STORE:

  • SAA GREEN BOOKS SOLD: 880 per month
  • CONVENTION WORKSHOP AND SPEAKER AUDIO SALES: 180 per month
  • PAMPHLETS AND BOOKLETS SOLD: 7,090 per month
  • CHIPS, MEDALLIONS, KEY CHAINS & BOOKMARKERS SOLD: 2,475 per month

FREE OUTREACH:

  • COST OF HARDCOPY LITERATURE OUTREACHED: $410 per month
  • HARDCOPY MAILING OF THE OUTER CIRCLE NEWSLETTER:
    • MAILED TO PRISONERS: 450 people per issue
    • MAILED TO MEMBERS UPON REQUEST: 550 people per issue
  • FREE ONLINE VIEWING OF SAA LITERATURE - 3,470 per month

WEBSITE ACTIVITY:

  • VISITORS TO OUR WEBSITE: 53,962 per month
  • VISITORS PAGE VIEWS:
    • MEETINGS - 50,936 per month
    • FOR WOMAN - 3,947 per month
    • SELF-ASSESSMENT- 5,338 per month
    • THE OUTER CIRCLE - 545 per month
    • GROUP GUIDE - 538 per month
    • FREE ONLINE VIEWING OF SAA LITERATURE - 3,470 per month

SOME ACCOMPLISHEMENTS:

  • Posted entire SAA Green Book on outreach website in read only format
  • Three new pieces of literature were published; Safe and Sexually Sober Meetings, Getting a Sponsor and Sex Addicts Anonymous, and the Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender Sex Addict
  • Six "The Outer Circle" Newsletters published
  • Created an e-book of the new 3rd Edition of the SAA Green Book

A FEW PROJECTS IN PROGRESS:

  • SAA Meditation Book (a 52 week booklet should be available in early 2014)
  • 2014 and 2015 International Conventions
  • Upgrading the Outreach Spanish website to match the English version
  • Translation of our literature
  • Upgrading our ISO office technology
  • Website enhancements to include improving the functionality of our meeting search capability


Amount of donation $

Individual / Group *Requied Field (will not submit if not selected)

      

Consider ongoing support of the ISO.
Learn more about becoming a Lifeline Partner.