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A Message to all MSU Denver Alumni, Donors and Friends


We write to make you aware of an issue recently brought to our attention. On July 16, 2020, our third-party vendor, Blackbaud, informed us that, in May 2020, Blackbaud suffered a cyber incident which resulted in potential unauthorized access to certain information maintained by Blackbaud. Blackbaud is a cloud computing provider that offers customer relationship management and financial services tools for approximately 35,000 independent schools, universities, and non-profit organizations. Unfortunately, Blackbaud’s incident impacted a significant number of these organizations, including MSU Denver Foundation.

Upon learning of this event, we immediately commenced an investigation to determine what, if any, sensitive MSU Denver Foundation data was potentially affected. Blackbaud advised they worked with forensic experts and law enforcement to investigate this incident. Blackbaud also reported to us that this incident did not involve information such as credit card information, or bank account information. However, in an abundance of caution, we continue to investigate to confirm Blackbaud’s assurances and better understand what occurred.  

Please know that we take this incident and the security of the personal information entrusted to us very seriously, and we are diligently working to determine the full nature and scope of this incident. While we work to better understand this event, we are reaching out to you, as a valued donor and member of our community, in the interest of transparency. We sincerely regret any concern this incident may cause you and will communicate, as necessary, pending the result of our investigation.

Should you have any further questions or concerns regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact Lori Herrera, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Advancement and the Foundation, at 303-605-7295 or


Lori Herrera
Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Advancement and the Foundation
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Campus Box 14, P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362

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