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At BC's Children's Hospital Foundation, we have embraced BIG Online as a key major gift prospecting resource. We have found it to be a highly valuable tool for research and strategy development in a Canadian context. read more
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We are North America’s premier, fully searchable online database of Corporate and Foundation funding opportunities and resources for non-profits and charities.

Funding Resource: Detailed information and profiles on over 25,000 foundations, corporate donors, matching gift programs, in kind donations, government grant makers and more!

Writing Tools: Step-by-step guides and award-winning templates for the writing of highly professional funding proposals and letters of inquiry.

Client Support: Assists clients with product training and provides advice and direction for maximizing usage of the BIG Online database.

Director Connections Update: Now discover all director connections between North American Corporations and Foundations

Director Connections is a revolutionary relationship mapping product designed to show you at a glance the diverse network of connections between foundations and the various boards they sit on.

Importantly, the combined relationship mapping between foundations and corporations uncovers thousands of foundation / corporate connections that until now have been hidden from prospect researchers. This new version graphically illuminates almost 80,000 total director connections that greatly extend the funding opportunity possibilities for non-profits.

"Relationship network maps created with Director Connections start with the organizations you already know, and let you explore possible connections with those organizations you WANT to know - now with just a few known foundation or corporate contacts, members can explore a new universe of connected funder possibilities," says Trevor Skillen, President and CEO of Metasoft.

For a full overview of Director Connections, click here.

Email us or call us toll free today (1-888-638-2763) for more information and a free, no obligation tour!

Director Connections : CONNECTION FINDER

Find the fastest way to go from point A to point B. Discover new sources of funding. Connection Finder makes it even easier. Play the video below to see more.

Director Connections is a revolutionary new relationship mapping feature designed to show you at a glance the diverse network of connections between corporations and the various boards they sit on.

The newest feature in Director Connections is called Connection Finder, which allows you to view relationship network maps, starting with the organizations you already know, and lets you explore possible connections with those organizations you WANT to know. Connection Finder allows you to:
  • Select an organization you already know, and show all the other organizations it's connected to, within 7 degrees of separation
  • Expand those connections to reveal additional levels of connected organizations and directors
  • Collapse connections to allow you to focus on just connected directors
  • View full organization profiles in only one click
  • Print, annotate, save… and more!
For a full overview of Director Connections, click here.

Email us or call us toll free today (1-888-638-2763) for more information and a complimentary tour!

Director Connections

Did you know that more than 1,000 organizations in Canada are connected by common directors?

Director Connections for Corporations shows you those important connections at a glance, allowing you to discover new sources of funding! Please play the video below to see more.

Metasoft is pleased to announce the release of Director Connections, a revolutionary new BIG Online Canada product feature.

With Director Connections, you can:
  • Discover the network of connections between directors and companies to develop and diversify your prospect lists;
  • Network effectively and start important new corporate relationships by building on your existing relationships; and
  • Save time, resources, and free up your and your researchers’ time to do other valuable research and networking tasks, and improve research efficiency!
Director Connections has a score of intuitive, useful features, including the ability to:
  • Build connections maps from starting companies or directors
  • Expand connections to reveal additional levels of connected companies and directors
  • Collapse connections to allow you to focus on just connected directors
  • View company profiles in only one click
  • Zoom in and out with easy to use navigation buttons
  • "Mouse over" icons to access additional company and director information
  • Arrange and re-arrange the layout of directors and/or companies to suit your visual layout preferences
  • Print and save connection maps, and more!
Current clients may access Director Connections from the Member Services menu.

Email us or call us toll free today (1-888-638-2763) for more information and a complimentary tour!

Other recent enhancements to BIG Online:  Metasoft announces the new, enhanced version of BIG Online.  Version 3.0 of BIG Online features the following important enhancements for grant seekers:

New, Advanced Search: A powerful, yet easy to use new search engine that will allow subscribers to identify more funding opportunities for their organizations. Features include:

  • Advanced, field based searching (by organization name, location, recipient, director) produces more relevant search results

  • Convenient search options such as "fuzzy logic", stemming and wildcard support intelligently ensure that no funding possibilities are missed

  • User defined sorting of results

  • Convenient highlighting of searched words
New Foundations: Over 13,000 additional US foundations have been added, over three times the number available in the previous version - BIG Online now includes 20,000 of America's largest foundations, many of which fund in Canada.

New Grants: Granting information for 22,000 of the largest American and Canadian foundations has been added - more than 1.1 million grants totaling over $40 billion from 1999 to 2003.

Grants Summary Table: Enhanced individual foundation summary profiles include summary grant information in table format. This information ranks the foundation's giving by interest area, allowing the researcher to quickly determine foundation funding priorities.

Funder News: Access to foundation and corporate funder news releases and articles is now available to subscribers. 4,500 news sources are scanned daily for granting news related to the over 35,000 funders profiled in BIG Online, keeping subscribers abreast of the latest information.

Trevor Skillen, President of Metasoft says, "This exciting new version is the culmination of many months of dedicated effort by our research and development team. Many of the enhancements and features are a direct result of the very helpful suggestions and feedback we receive from almost 6,000 subscribers. As fundraising becomes an increasingly global endeavour, we're continuing to deliver on our commitment to bringing every funding opportunity possible to our subscribers."

Click here for more information on these latest enhancements to BIG Online...

Metasoft is committed to providing products and services that best meet the current fundraising needs of you, our clients. Your feedback has been and remains vital to our business.

Metasoft has now formalized part of this process by setting up a group of clients who will make product direction and future enhancements a special focus. Our group of volunteers represents a range of sectors and many parts of North America.

Click here to see the members of our Advisory Board. For information on our client advisory board, email


Street Kids International Flexes its Fundraising Muscles: You can learn a lot about fundraising just by watching how others do it. Take Street Kids International (SKI), an international charity based in Canada.

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World Proposal Championships

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Introducing Metasoft Online Education, a complete series of online, self-paced tutorials designed to help you build the essential skills required to succeed in fundraising.

The Curriculum includes:

Module 1. Making the Case for Funding: How to Build a Compelling Case for Support

Module 2. Finding Funders: How to Conduct Effective Prospect Research

Module 3. Approaching Funders: How to Write a Persuasive Letter of Inquiry

Module 4: Securing Funding: How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal

View the Deadline Calendar for submitting proposals.

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In the last year BIG Online added or updated over 2000 foundation profiles, representing over $5 billion in assets and over $1 billion in grants.

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