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How do I install DonorWise to get started?

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DonorWise is a Windows-based program.  You install it into Windows using an installation program found here.  It's not a web-based program, but web-based access to DonorWise can be achieved via Citrix or Remote Desktop technology.

DonorWise stores it's data in SQL Server.  A free version of SQL Server (SQL Server Express) is offered in the installation program.  You can install SQL Server onto the same computer as DonorWise.  But if you plan on having multiple people in your office connect to DonorWise, you should install (or use an existing) SQL Server on an office computer/server that is always on and available to others on the network.

When you install SQL Server, be sure to remember the "sa" password.  This is required when creating your database (next step).  If you let DonorWise install SQL Server for you, this is where you would have entered it:

The first thing you'll need to do when you install DonorWise is create a new database.  Under the "File" menu, click on "New" to get started.  Note: You could create a test database to play with before creating your production database.  The first time you do this, you'll have to enter "sa" as the login.

SQL Server 2012 Express

If you install SQL Server manually from the Microsoft website, it's recommended that you install SQL Server 2012 Express. Pay attention to the installation screen, and make sure to:

  • allow "Mixed Authentication"
  • and be sure to set the "sa" password.

Here's a link to download:  Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Service Pack 4 (SP4) Express

Be sure to select "SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe".  The "WT" part of that means it includes SQL Server Management Studio which is really helpful for troubleshooting.

After SQL Server Installation...

Then, in DonorWise, under the "File" menu, click on "New" to get started.  The first time you do this, you'll have to enter "sa" as the login.

Recent Comments

By: davidcoxmex Posted on 13 Aug 2014 12:38 AM

I have installed Donorwise, and have SQL server installed. I do not remember setting any password on SQL so how do I make a new database for donorwise? This part of the program is very cryptic. Can't you make a simple out of the box solution that doesn't need for the user to get into SQL server? I mean, there are solutions that doesn't need to set up the databases using an external program! Right? If this is necessary (and I cannot install a new database without it from what I see), you should have a help page with every step laid out, including verifying somehow whether these programs are installed, and very clear instructions, step-by-step, on how to install the first new database. Please help. I consider myself computer savy, but I am explaining to a secretary how to do this, and I cannot get it installed either!

By: tsanyao Posted on 13 Aug 2014 7:00 AM

Dear sir

There is another software, TntMPD, that you might be interested in:

TntMPD stands for "Troy & Tammy's Ministry Partners Development". As the name suggests, TntMPD was originally meant for Troy's personal use for support raising and contact management.  It has blessed many missionaries and ministries since.

TntMPD doesn't require Microsoft SQL server.  Each TntMPD database is a single file with mpddb extension, it can be saved in My Documents, Desktop, USB drive, and even Dropbox, just like any documents.

To get community support on DonorWise or TntMPD, please visit respective forums:

By: Andy Posted on 24 Jun 2019 4:52 PM

Is it not possible to connect DonorWise to an existing SQL installation?  Do I really have to let it install SQLExpress 2005?

By: Troy Wolbrink Posted on 26 Jun 2019 3:36 PM

DonorWise can work with an existing SQL Server installation.  Prior to 4.0.8, DonorWise will only work with SQL Server 2005 to 2012.  4.0.8 should be able to work with even newer versions (although it's still in beta, and I haven't yet tested it with newer versions).

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