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By Bill Graziano

Our budgets tend to be fairly conservative and we try to budget at break-even or a small profit. After accounting for additional costs we’re roughly estimating a 10% profit for fiscal year 2012. Over the last two weeks the Board approved a number of motions that used some of this windfall to increase our budgets in key areas.

First, anything that we don’t spend will eventually end up in our reserves. Our goal is to spend less than $200,000 of our profit and allow the remaining $300,000+ to flow into reserves. The downside of allocating that money to reserves is that we’ll be taxed on any profit for FY2012. PASS is a not-for-profit but isn’t tax exempt.

In the PASS budget, the vast majority of our revenue comes from the Summit and that’s where we spend most of our money (our revenue was higher than projected for Summit 2011 hence the profit we’re seeing for fiscal year 2012). Read more.

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24 Hours of PASS Goes Multilingual

Join SQL Server and BI experts from around the globe on March 21 as they take to the virtual stage to present 24 back-to-back technical webcasts. With a focus on SQL Server 2012, this special edition of 24 Hours of PASS features closed captioning in 15 languages. The PASS Board is thrilled to introduce this new 24 Hours of PASS platform that enables as many global members as possible to participate. Participants will also have the ability to type questions in their native language and receive automatically translated answers.

No matter where you are in the world or which language you speak, you'll gain access to best practices, tips, and tricks delivered directly to your computer beginning at 00:00 GMT on March 21. Register for your favorite sessions today!

SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch
Microsoft and PASS are gearing up for the upcoming virtual launch of SQL Server 2012 on March 7, 2012. Join industry experts and executives as they tell the SQL Server 2012 story in this unique online launch event. You will also “meet” with partners, experts, and peers in a virtual “Expo Hall” to discuss SQL Server 2012 one-on-one. Register now and join the 14,000 others who have already signed up! Find out more.

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Community Profile: Getting to Know
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Outstanding Volunteer Appreciation
Is there someone that you know of in the PASS community that you think deserves special recognition for their consistent volunteering efforts? PASS invites community members to submit their choice for ‘Outstanding Volunteers of the Month'. Submissions can be sent through anytime and are reviewed on the last day of each month. Read more and make your submission! 

Community Vote: SQLRally Dallas General Sessions
Vote today for the sessions you'd like to see delivered at SQLRally Dallas and while you're at it, register for the most value-packed 2 days of SQL Server and BI training and networking you’ll find anywhere.

SQLPASS TV Offers Continuing Education
As promised, recordings from the Top Ten PASS Summit 2010 sessions will be released every 2 weeks. Stay on top of your professional development with the latest release: #9 CSS Update Queries – Under the Hood (Conor Cunningham).

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