On July 16, 2020, the Clemson University Foundation received notification of a security incident that took place at Blackbaud, a vendor who provides services for some of our donor and constituent databases and maintains data we provide with respect to those services. Blackbaud informed us that it had identified and prevented a ransomware attack; however, prior to the attempted attack, the attacker had acquired a database backup sometime between February 7, 2020, and May 20, 2020, and held that for ransom. Blackbaud paid the cybercriminal’s demand with confirmation that the copy they removed had been destroyed.
Upon receiving notice of the incident from Blackbaud, the Foundation commenced its own investigation to confirm what information was present in the data files involved in the incident. Our investigation has confirmed that the data files contained certain information, including names, addresses, and dates of birth of the Foundation’s donors and constituents. Blackbaud informed us that sensitive data such as credit card information, bank account information, and social security numbers were not affected, nor do we store any of that type of information.
We are providing notice of this incident because we take the security of the information we maintain seriously and wanted to let you know that this incident occurred. We sincerely regret any inconvenience this incident may cause you. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Foundation at 864-656-6772 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET or email@example.com.
Statement from the Clemson University Foundation
The Clemson University Foundation’s Board of Directors express unanimous support for the Clemson University Board of Trustees’ definitive action Friday and their clear statement that our university intends to be an inclusive and welcoming place for everyone. Bob Hambright, Board Chair of the foundation noted “These actions are fully in line with the values of integrity, honesty and respect that the university holds dear. The Clemson University Foundation stands behind these actions as we continue to grow as an inclusive ‘Clemson Family’.”
The Clemson University Foundation, chartered in 1933, is an independent, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes the welfare and future development of Clemson University.
- We seek financial support through annual gifts, capital campaigns, planned giving and other ongoing fund-raising programs.
- We manage and disburse assets prudently within a policy that encourages the enhancement of the resources of the Foundation.
- We are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Clemson alumni and friends who share in the pride of the University's history and who are committed to its promise in the years to come.
Learn more about the Clemson University Foundation and the relationship to the University here.
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