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Blackbaud Security Data Incident

2020 9 14 Communication Regarding Blackbaud Security Data Incident

We were recently notified by one of our data management software vendors, Blackbaud, that they discovered a data security incident in May 2020. Blackbaud is one of the leading data management software services in the country for nonprofit organizations.

Blackbaud determined that the cybercriminals copied constituent information from a significant number of educational institutions and non-profits across the country sometime between February 7 and May 20, 2020. Our understanding from Blackbaud is that they determined, with the help of law enforcement, that compromised data was returned. No Wheaton College data systems were directly compromised at any time during this incident. You can find additional details in Blackbaud’s incident report.

According to Blackbaud, the perpetrators of this incident did NOT gain access to any credit card information, bank account information, or social security numbers (Wheaton College does not provide social security numbers to Blackbaud). However, officials believe that they temporarily had access to your contact information, demographic information, and a history of your relationship with Wheaton College, such as event attendance, volunteer activity, and donations. Since this data could be used for phishing or other deception, we are notifying you so you can take appropriate precautions, should you choose to do so.

We value our relationship with you and that is why we are notifying you of this incident. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to reach out to blackbaud@wheaton.edu or 630.752.7509.  


Kirk D. Farney, Ph.D.
Vice President for Advancement, Vocation and Alumni Engagement

Wendy M. Woodward
Chief Information & Campus Services Officer