The budget is decided on by the members based on a proposal prepared by the Executive Director with input from the topical and geographic teams of the association. A budget for the coming fiscal year should be available by the 1st of January of that year. Generally, the process stars with the teams being informed about their Q3 spending, in relation to their yearly budget. This happens in mid October and provides the financial input needed for the teams to start discussing plans for the coming year. However, teams would be encouraged to start thinking about the budget already earlier, especially for larger teams with decision making processes which take more time.