WIP is a free tool for MPX users that Orange Leap released. There are a few core apps for WIP uses, such as, MPX Mobile and Donor Connect (Ascendio), but the main functionality of WIP is to allow data injections directly into MPX via the web. Since the WIP is an open source application and is free to use, Orange Leap does not directly support this function, but on the contrary, you, as a developer, have the capability to tweak it to your ministries needs.
I have seen instances where ministries use it for remote data entry, for donor developers out in the field, or internal proprietary applications injecting information directly into MPX. In this blog, I am going to talk about my personal experience with WIP, and how we used it in the given ministry I work for.
My initial experience with Orange Leap’s WIP was integrating Acendio’s Donor Connect with our Website for a donation solution. We where getting ready to move off our store and make the move to CBD. Since CBD does not have a intricate donation solution within their store, we needed something that worked well with out ministry. Acendio, the developers of the website for our ministry already had a solution we needed, and was tailored to work with MPX using the WIP integration.
How did we do it you ask? Easy, Once knew the route we where going, we installed the WIP, set security protocols in IIS 7 to allow Donor Connect to talk with WIP, setup a sub-domain and redirected the DNS to our server location IP address. Then, we made sure the credentials for MPX and the Database where synced with the WIP and secured the outside connection with a SSL to complete our PCI compliance protocols. Sounds pretty easy right?
So now we have the WIP setup for Donor Connect! Right now, if you go to the donation page for our ministry, you see a form that one needs to fill out. It ask for your first and last name, billing address, organization (if applicable), and so on and so on. Once all the information is filled out and the donation is made, Donor Connect connects with MPX through the WIP. The WIP takes the information that the form has, starting with the email address, and looks throughout the database for a match. If it finds a match, it injects the data in that account as a new donation. Furthermore, Donor Connect’s integration will continue if there is not a match on an email address! Donor Connect will then looks for a match on the address and some other combinations to make sure you do not get duplicate accounts made, keeping your data as clean as possible! If this integration cannot find a match with any given scenario, it then goes ahead and creates a new account, just like any data entry personnel would, and injects all the data needed. Of course MPX does it’s job with the necessary data, using your gateway to make the charge, and keep track of the recurring or single donations. It really simplifies the process.
As you have already read what Donor Connect can do with MPX through the WIP, Donor Connect has a few amazing capabilities that makes the whole ordeal worth it. Our ministry is using Donor Connect not only for our donations, but it actually comes with reporting tools, Custom Donation Page Layouts, Media List of all our broadcast times, locations, and stations. This is really an amazing tool. You can check out Ascendio’s Donor Connect here.