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Letter from Kim Elliman Regarding Blackbaud Cyber-Security Incident

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Dear Friends,

As you may have heard, Blackbaud, a third-party database service provider utilized by many not-for-profits, schools, and universities throughout the country, recently suffered a cyber-security breach. Unfortunately, the Open Space Institute (OSI) is among those organizations impacted by this incident.

Following notification from Blackbaud, OSI launched an investigation to determine the breadth of organizational data that may have been compromised by this breach. Blackbaud has made assurances to all clients that no financial, credit card, bank account, or social security information was accessed in the cyberattack as this is encrypted data. As a matter of policy, OSI does not retain such data in our donor records regardless.

While we are still early in this investigation, we wanted to, first and foremost, make you aware of the initial occurrence. We will keep you informed of additional developments and steps we are taking to prevent this type of event from happening again. 

Sadly, these occurrences of cyber-crime are becoming more and more common. Still, I want to assure you that OSI takes cyber security extremely seriously, and that even in this fast-moving world, we are always working to improve the protection of any information and data you entrust to us.


Kim Elliman

President and CEO

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