Information Security Notice

In General

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan takes the protection and proper use of personal information very seriously. There was a data security incident involving Blackbaud, a Community Foundation vendor, that may have compromised certain aspects of our donors’ demographic and philanthropic information. 

Please note that the data that was potentially compromised did NOT include Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or bank account numbers. 

Blackbaud, a software company that specializes in serving the nonprofit community, was a target of a ransomware attack. The Community Foundation is one of many nonprofit organizations that rely on Blackbaud’s software for engagement and fundraising. Blackbaud paid the ransom demanded by the attacker after gaining confirmation that the data illegally obtained had been destroyed. After investigating this with the help of information security consultants and law enforcement officials, they have informed us that no data was released, nor would it be disseminated or otherwise made public. Blackbaud’s Notice of Security Incident can be found here.

We apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may cause. As a best practice, we recommend vigilance and promptly report any suspicious activity or suspected identity theft to us and to the proper law enforcement authorities.

We appreciate your support of the Community Foundation and value our relationship with you. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick Carr, Information Systems Officer, at