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Notice of Third-Party Vendor Data Breach Affecting CWSL Data

Notice of Data Breach

We want to inform our community about a data security incident that affected personal information we store.

What Happened?

A third party vendor, Blackbaud, Inc. (the company that stores our fundraising data and services thousands of non-profits globally) notified us of a ransomware attack on its hosting system. Blackbaud informed us of the incident on July 16, 2020. Our internal data storage systems were not affected by the security incident.

What Information Was Involved?

According to Blackbaud, the ransomware attack did not disclose any credit card data, bank account data, social security numbers, or other sensitive financial information, all of which was safely encrypted. Blackbaud has not provided us with specific information yet about the type of client information accessed during the incident, but we have been working with their customer representatives and security personnel to get confirmation of the details. It is possible that contact information for some individuals may have been compromised, however, Blackbaud believes it has prevented the dissemination of any data that was accessed.

What We Are Doing.

We take this event very seriously. We are deeply invested in the safety and well-being of our entire community, especially our community of members, donors and volunteers like you.  We are continuing to communicate with Blackbaud and are working closely with our own security and legal teams, and as we learn more about the security incident, we will provide you with updates.

What You Can Do.

In the meantime, we recommend as always to remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activity, phone calls, emails, or suspected identity theft to law enforcement and the appropriate service provider.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing Tabatha Abeyta, our Director of Philanthropy at with the subject line “Blackbaud Security.”

The following link provides additional details:

Bruce MacDonald
VP, Institutional Advancement