Important data security notification

The International Wolf Center, like numerous other nonprofits, recently became aware of a data security incident that may have involved some of our donor and membership information.

What happened?

We were recently notified by our database service provider, Blackbaud Inc., of a global security incident impacting many nonprofits. At this time, we understand they discovered and stopped a ransomware attack. After discovering the attack, Blackbaud’s Cyber Security team—together with independent forensics experts and law enforcement— successfully prevented the cybercriminal from blocking their system access and fully encrypting files; and ultimately expelled them from the system.

What kind of information was involved?

A very limited amount of information may have been involved.

This information did include:



This information may include:

Giving history including memberships and donations

This information did not include:

Credit card information

Bank account information

Social security numbers

Based on the nature of the incident, its internal research and a law enforcement investigation, Blackbaud has said they have no reason to believe the information was or will be misused. A full description of the incident is available on the Blackbaud website. The International Wolf Center does not collect and store any social security or bank account information.

What we’re doing

Protecting your information is something we take very seriously. Since learning of this incident, we have been working with Blackbaud to understand the scope of the ransomware attack and the steps it is taking to prevent future data security incidents. We have evaluated Blackbaud’s security protocols and feel confident it has taken the appropriate action to further protect the information entrusted to it.

What You Can Do

Again, no credit card, bank account, or other sensitive information of that nature was compromised, to our knowledge. However, as a best practice, we recommend you remain vigilant and promptly report any suspicious activity or suspected identity theft to us and to the proper law enforcement authorities such as the Federal Trade Commission, and the Office of the Minnesota State Attorney General.

For More Information

We sincerely apologize for this incident and regret any inconvenience it may cause you. Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter and/or the protections available to you, please do not hesitate to contact: Hilary Smith, Development Director, by email or 763-233-7135.