Health Foundation Statement on Blackbaud National Data Breach

Recently, software vendor Blackbaud, Inc., notified customers of a cybersecurity breach that involved nonprofit organizations locally and throughout the country. The Health Foundation for Western & Central New York has been notified that a copy of a file of some of our data was part of this incident. Blackbaud has informed us that any identifying information, usernames, passwords, or social security numbers/tax identification numbers stored in this file were encrypted and therefore not accessed by the perpetrator of the breach. Because the Health Foundation does not collect credit card or bank information from grantees and partners as a general rule, that type of information was not included in the file either. Blackbaud has resolved this incident and confirmed that the data obtained by the perpetrator was destroyed.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are joining other organizations in our region who were similarly affected by sharing this information to increase awareness of this incident. Again, there is no evidence to indicate that the personal or financial information of any of our partners or grantees was accessed, shared or misused via this breach. While there is no reason to be concerned that Blackbaud’s recent breach compromised any of our information, it is always prudent to monitor your personal and financial information and to alert the authorities to any suspicious activity.

Thank you, and please reach out at any time with questions or concerns.


Nora OBrien-Suric, PhD