WP-Donors is a plugin that I am currently developing to meet the needs of non-profits and charities. The idea for the plugin came to me while researching software for our small church. Our current church management software was outdated and would not run on newer operating systems. Since the church website was running on WordPress and it’s Pastor (that would be me) is a WordPress developer, I thought, “Why buy expensive, bloated software when you can build it yourself?”
Since we were only using the current software to keep track of donations; I thought that was the right place to start. After observing the way our ministry bookkeeper worked, I mapped out a plugin that would make his job easier. It needed to make giving and deposit records more accessible to the right people while carefully maintaining the security of the donor information.
Any organization would be able to install the system on their existing WordPress site as a simple plugin. The plugin is being developed using custom post types, custom taxonomies, and utilizes the WordPress user system. Donors will be provided with a login that allows them to view their detailed giving record for any specified time period. While starting with fairly basic functionality, I can foresee many useful features being added either as expanded functionality in this plugin or other complimentary plugins.