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January 2013:
Winners Announced for World Proposal Championships!

Vancouver, BC – January 31, 2013 – Metasoft, creators of FoundationSearch and BIG Online and host of the 2012 World Proposal Championships, is pleased to announce the winners of 2012 World Proposal Championships. The winning proposals demonstrated excellent grant writing skill and were chosen from hundreds of compelling grant winning proposals submitted by organizations from around the world. The top three proposals are:

  1. Prince Rupert and Prince Edward Economic Development Corporation
  2. New Directions, Inc.
  3. Niagara University

All submissions were subjected to rigorous evaluations from a panel of expert judges. The panel included some of the world’s most experienced fundraisers and granting professionals:

  • Melissa S. Brown, Principal at Melissa S. Brown & Associates, LLC
  • David Cuthbert, Director of Development at Silent Voice Canada
  • Kim Macphee, Manager of Development and Donor Services at Vancouver Foundation
  • Jill Planche, Principal at Planche & Planche

The top three proposals will be featured in an online showcase of winning proposals. And for a limited time the showcase will be available for viewing by members and non-members! The showcase will feature and highlight the top 100 proposals submitted during the championships. Each of these proposals was successful in securing funding and will provide valuable examples to help non-profits craft their own winning proposals. For access to the 2012 World Proposal Championships, please follow the link:
World Proposal Championships Finalists Showcase

Trevor Skillen, president of Metasoft, notes, “We send our congratulations to Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development Corporation for winning the World Proposal Championships, and our sincerest thanks to all the other organizations who entered the competition. We’re proud to host the world’s largest showcase of winning proposals, and we’re pleased that so many excellent examples of grant writing will be showcased. Our congratulations to all the organizations that participated.”


January 2013:
Finalists Selected for World Proposal Championships!

Metasoft Systems Inc., creators of FoundationSearch and BIG Online and host of the 2012 World Proposal Championships, is pleased to announce the contest finalists. The top ten finalists were chosen from hundreds of compelling grant winning proposals submitted by organizations from around the world.

The World Proposal Championships aim to recognize and promote non-profit proposal writing excellence, and to help fundraisers learn, by example, what it takes to create a winning proposal. The top ten finalists include successful proposals from a variety of sectors, including social and human services, health, and education. They are:

  • Alachua County Organization for Rural Needs, Inc.
  • City Colleges of Chicago
  • Help Lesotho
  • Kids in Distress
  • Meds & Food for Kids
  • Mental Health Association
  • New Directions, Inc
  • Niagara University
  • Prince Rupert and Port Edward Economic Development Corporation
  • Santa Fe Catholic High School

The judging of the finalist proposals has been very close and the top three winners will be announced January 31st, 2013. In addition to the winners, the top 100 winning proposals will also be showcased online.

The panel for the final round of judging includes some of the world’s most experienced fundraisers and granting professionals:


Melissa S. Brown, Principal at Melissa S. Brown & Associates, LLC

Melissa Brown is an acclaimed non-profit consultant who advises non-profit organizations in the U.S. and internationally. She has worked for nearly 20 years at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, most recently as managing editor of Giving USA.


David Cuthbert, Director of Development at Silent Voice Canada

David Cuthbert is a senior fundraising consultant, and non-profit organization fundraising, management and governance educator in Southern Africa since 1990. David is an author of three books and a series of twenty-four booklets on fundraising. He and his wife immigrated to Canada eleven years ago, and since then David has held the position of Manager of Financial Development at the YMCA of Greater Toronto and is currently Director of Development at Silent Voice Canada, and a consultant/trainer to local non-profits.


Kim Macphee, Manager of Development and Donor Services at Vancouver Foundation

Kim Macphee works with donors in building endowment funds to carry out their charitable giving through effective grant-making to charities in communities across the province. She is also responsible for the development and stewardship of more than 500 agency funds. Vancouver Foundation is the largest community foundation in Canada.


Jill Planche, Principal at Planche & Planche

Jill Planche is a marketing and fundraising professional with thirty-five years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. During her career she has held senior positions with leading arts organizations: The McMichael Art Collection, The Shaw Festival, The Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Opera Company, as well as the leading girls’ school Havergal College. She designed and teaches the course on Annual Giving for the Fundraising Management Program, Chang School, Ryerson University.


Trevor Skillen, president of Metasoft, notes, “We’re proud to be hosting an event that highlights world-class proposals of such high caliber. Our team of judges has reviewed hundreds of high quality submissions from around the world and we thank all participants for their efforts.

The ten finalists all demonstrate exceptional grant writing skill. We will be showcasing these online, together with the top 100 submissions. We believe that the resulting winning proposal showcase will be an invaluable resource for other non-profits and charities, presenting an exceptional opportunity for other grant writers to learn, by example, what it takes to build a winning case for support.”


May 2012:
Metasoft launches 2012 World Proposal Championships

Metasoft Systems Inc. is now accepting submissions for the 2012 World Proposal Championships, which aim to recognize and promote proposal writing excellence and help fundraisers learn, by example, what it takes to create a winning proposal. This year over $20,000 worth of prizes will be awarded. The top 100 proposals will be showcased online. Any proposal that has secured a grant for a not-for-profit or charitable organization from a foundation, corporation or government body within the last two years is eligible. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2012.


March 2008:
Winner Announced for World Proposal Championships!
Proposal Submitted by Boat People SOS Wins Top Prize of $5,000

Metasoft Systems Inc. is pleased to announce the grand prize winner of the 2007 World Proposal Championships. The winning proposal, submitted by Boat People SOS, demonstrated exemplary grant writing skill, and was chosen from hundreds of proposals submitted by organizations from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Boat People SOS will be awarded the $5,000 grand prize, and the remaining finalists will be included in the world’s largest online showcase of winning proposals, at www.bigdatabase.ca/wpc.

In addition to the winning proposal submitted by Boat People SOS, the other top proposals that rounded out the top three were Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and Selkirk College.

The judging panel members were all in agreement in support of the winning proposal. Bill Barratt, chair of the judging committee, notes, “All of the finalist proposals were very well written. But the proposal submitted by Boat People SOS stood out above the rest for its compelling argument and inspired writing—it was truly impressive work. And I think I speak for all of our judges when I say that we could not be more pleased to be part of such a great initiative to recognize the very best in grant writing.”

The judging panel included some of the top professionals and thought leaders from the non-profit sector, with decades of experience shared between them. The judges included:

  • Heidi K. Frederick, Assistant Director of Research, Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University
  • Karin Neuenschwander, Foundation Relations Development Manager, Washington State University Foundation
  • Morris W. Price, Jr., National Program Officer, Gill Foundation
  • Tom Riglar, Manager, Personal Philanthropy, United Way of the Lower Mainland
  • Kathleen Warren, Director, Foundation Relations, Washington State University Foundation

Trevor Skillen, president of Metasoft, remarks, “We send our congratulations to Boat People SOS for winning the World Proposal Championships, and our sincerest thanks to all the other organizations who entered the competition. We’re proud to host the world’s largest showcase of winning proposals, and we’re pleased that so many excellent examples of grant writing will be showcased. Our congratulations to all the organizations that participated.”

The World Proposal Championships aim to recognize and promote proposal writing excellence, and to help fundraisers learn, by example, what it takes to create a winning proposal. To view the showcase of winning proposals, and for more information regarding the World Proposal Championships, please visit www.bigdatabase.ca/wpc.


January 2008:
Finalists Selected for World Proposal Championships!

Metasoft Systems Inc. is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2007 World Proposal Championships. The top ten finalists were chosen from hundreds of proposals submitted by organizations from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

The World Proposal Championships aim to recognize and promote proposal writing excellence, and to help fundraisers learn, by example, what it takes to create a winning proposal. The top ten finalists include successful proposals from a wide variety of sectors, including social and human services, education, healthcare, and the environment. The finalists include:

  • Boat People SOS Inc.
  • ForestEthics
  • MoCreebec Non-Profit Development Corp (MacLeod Farley & Assoc.)
  • New York City Outward Bound
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
  • Northern Westchester Shelter
  • Selkirk College
  • Snow Leopard Trust
  • University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • VoicePrint (NBRS)

The finalists will go through the next round of judging, resulting in the winning proposal being awarded the $5,000 grand prize, and the top proposals showcased online. The winner will be announced at the end of February.

Trevor Skillen, president of Metasoft, notes, “We’re proud to be hosting an event that recognizes world-class proposals of such high caliber, and these ten finalists all demonstrate exceptional grant writing skill. Furthermore, the resulting showcase is an invaluable resource for other non-profits and charities, presenting a great opportunity for other grant writers to learn, by example, what it takes to build a strong case for support.”

For more information regarding the World Proposal Championships, please visit www.bigdatabase.ca/wpc.


January 2008:
World Proposal Championships Entries Closed, Judging Underway

The closing date for the 2007 World Proposal Championships has passed, and the response to the call for entries was extraordinary. Hundreds of submissions were received from organizations in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. We would like to extend our thanks to the hundreds of organizations that submitted their successful proposals to the Championships, and a special thanks to the judging panel for lending their expertise to the judging process.

Judging has now begun in earnest, and the panel, chaired by Bill Barratt, is busy reviewing the hundreds of entries received. “I’m happy to report that the judging process is presenting a great challenge,” noted Mr. Barratt. “We are impressed with the quality of proposals submitted, and it will be no small task to select a winner. It’s also gratifying knowing that so many non-profits and charities were successful in raising funds for their causes through skilled grant writing, and that they recognize the value in sharing their successes and best practices with other charitable organizations.”

Finalists will be announced in late January, and the winner will be announced at the end of February.


November 2007:
Metasoft is Pleased to Announce the Appointment of Morris Price to the Judging Panel of the 2007 World Proposal Championships!

Morris Price, National Program Officer at the Gill Foundation, joins the distinguished panel of experts in proposal writing, who are judging this year’s competition. The Gill Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the state of Colorado, has given over $57 million in grants since 2000. The 2007 World Proposal Championships are now well underway, with submissions coming in from across the globe! Any proposal that has secured a grant for a not-for-profit or charitable organization from a foundation, corporation, or government body within the last two years is eligible for entry. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2007.