The privacy and security of the personal information we maintain is of the utmost importance to the University of Notre Dame. A recent data security incident at Blackbaud, a third party service provider, may have involved some of the personal information of our alumni, parents, and friends provided to Notre Dame. Blackbaud is a software and service provider that is widely used for fundraising and alumni or donor engagement efforts at non-profits and universities worldwide, including the University of Notre Dame.

Upon learning of the issue, Notre Dame commenced an immediate and thorough investigation, which is ongoing. We have determined that the information accessed may have contained information about alumni, parents, and friends including full names, dates of birth, contact information and giving history to Notre Dame. No social security numbers, financial account information, or payment card information were exposed as they were never provided to Blackbaud. Blackbaud has assured us that they closed the vulnerability that allowed the incident and that they are enhancing their security controls and conducting ongoing efforts against incidents like this in the future.

While we estimate that the personal risk to the individuals impacted as a result of this breach is low, we wanted to share what we know as a precautionary measure. If more information becomes available through our investigation, updates will be provided on giving.nd.edu. For more information on this security incident, you may visit blackbaud.com/securityincident for a more detailed description of the incident and of Blackbaud’s response.

Should you have any questions about this incident, please email givegift@nd.edu.