Data Security Incident Notice
July 28 2020

Dear friends and supporters,

We are deeply grateful for your support. We could not continue our work towards achieving gender equity without your help. Thank you for making our mission possible.

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that Blackbaud, one of our third-party service providers, recently notified us of a data security incident that occurred in May of 2020. We understand that Blackbaud discovered and stopped the cyberattack on its systems.

According to Blackbaud, the cybercriminal was not able to access encrypted sensitive identifiable information, like credit card and banking information. It is our understanding the only data possibly breached was publicly available information, like name, mailing address, email address, and phone number. It is also our understanding, as Blackbaud has shared, that the information that was possibly removed has been destroyed, and we have no reason to believe it was shared elsewhere. Additionally, we have been informed that law enforcement, including the FBI, have been notified and are conducting investigations into the incident. We will share additional information as it becomes available.

Since this data breach did not involve private information, Blackbaud has not made a public announcement. However, Chicago Foundation for Women takes privacy protection and proper use of sensitive personal information very seriously. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sharing this information with you. CFW continues to do what it must to comply with statutory requirements concerning data security and privacy. We have reached out to Blackbaud to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to comply with applicable laws concerning data breaches. Blackbaud has assured us that they have already taken the necessary steps to ensure this does not happen again.

We recognize this situation may cause some inconvenience and recommend you follow FTC guidelines, remain vigilant, and promptly report any suspicious activity.

Once again, we are so thankful for your support and your trust. If you have any questions regarding this incident, please contact Emily Dreke, Chief Development Officer, at

Thank you for your consideration and continued support.


Felicia Davis
President and CEO
Chicago Foundation for Women