Just like almost every other non-profit organization, LifeRing faces the need to increase its revenue if it wants to grow. There are three basic streams of money available to us: income from book sales; donations, and grants. Book sales have been steady in recent years and may be helped by a new edition of the Recovery by Choice Workbook, due out soon. But there are limits to what we can expect from that source. Grant applications are a so-far untapped resource that we hope to explore beginning this year — but grants are not easy to get and there is fierce competition for every dollar.
That leaves donations. Much of LifeRing’s income now comes from passing the basket at face-to-face meetings, and appeals to our on-line participants, but at this time of the year we also send out a request for direct donations to our members and supporters. Here’s the letter we sent out this year. Our mailing list is imperfect, so I hope you’ll read the letter here and consider a donation. Thank you!