Notice of Blackbaud Incident

Notice to OTS Community of Blackbaud Incident

The Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) values the confidence that you place in us to protect your information, whether receiving  a newsletter or making a donation to the organization.  In July, Blackbaud, the software platform used by In OTS and other nonprofit organizations for storing constituent information and processing online donations, identified and thwarted a ransomware attack (blackbaud.com/securityincident).  We have received assurances from Blackbaud that, while some data may have been accessed, the incident does not qualify as a breach, and no credit card or bank information was compromised.  From Blackbaud, the threat was eliminated and changes were made within their system to prevent recurrence of the specific issue.

Please note that OTS does not store constituent credit card or bank information on its servers and protects website communications by encryption protocol for your safety.  Nonetheless, we thought it important to notify our community. Should you identify any suspicious activity, we urge you to contact appropriate legal authorities as soon as possible.

Please contact Jim Boyle if you have any questions or would like additional information.

Thank you.