Privacy Policy

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The Everglades Foundation received notice that one of our vendors, Blackbaud, experienced a ransomware attack which occurred in May of 2020. The cybercriminal removed data for the purpose of extorting funds from Blackbaud, one of the world’s largest providers of education administration and fundraising software for non-profits. Blackbaud complied with the cybercriminal’s demand, receiving confirmation that the data copy that was removed had been destroyed. Based on their investigation, Blackbaud and law enforcement officials believe that no data went beyond the cybercriminal. They continue to communicate with the state Attorneys General from multiple states who are evaluating the security incident. As part of this process, Blackbaud has provided a list of the names of those organizations (including The Everglades Foundation) whose data was a part of the data security incident. For further information from Blackbaud, please click here.

The Everglades Foundation uses Blackbaud to manage limited data on donors, supporters, and other outside contacts. The Everglades Foundation data accessed by the cybercriminal in the Blackbaud database may have contained some of the following information:

  • Public information such as name, title, date of birth, spouse
  • Addresses and contact details such as phone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Philanthropic interests, giving capacity, and summary giving history to The Everglades Foundation

The Everglades Foundation does not store or retain information such as credit card, bank account, or social security numbers on Blackbaud or any other database.

We take safeguarding data very seriously and are satisfied that we have policies and procedures in place that meet the highest standards of privacy protection.

If you have any questions, please contact The Everglades Foundation’s Chief of Staff and Director of Operations, Geoffrey Mullins at 786-231-1704.

We thank you for your continued support of our vital mission to restore and protect America’s Everglades.

General Privacy Policy

The Everglades Foundation (the Foundation) is committed to protecting our donors’ privacy both online and offline.  Our donors expect that we will use their support wisely and respect their personal privacy.  We value our donors’ trust and recognize that maintaining this trust requires us to be transparent and accountable to our supporters and the public at all times.

The Foundation deals with individuals and information about individuals in its daily operations and fundraising activities that secure that information.  This policy will ensure that personal information is properly collected, used only for the purposes for which it is collected, and is maintained and disposed of in a secure and timely manner when it is no longer needed.

Information provided to the Foundation by donors both online and offline will be used solely to fulfill their donation and shall not be shared for any reason unless permission is granted by the donor to share such information. All requests to remain anonymous shall be honored.

The Foundation does not sell or share any donor information. Any individual may request to be permanently removed from the Foundation’s mailing list by contacting us via email, phone, or postal mail. All requests to be removed from our mailing list shall be honored.

Please be assured that the Foundation uses its best efforts to protect the privacy of donors and visitors to its website.

The Foundation gathers personal information, such as first and last names, home addresses, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and credit card numbers, only when voluntarily submitted by you. If you make an online donation, personal information will be collected from you in order to process that donation.

With your permission, we will use personal information collected from you to send you information, such as updates about Everglades restoration, fundraising campaigns, or major grant initiatives. If you wish to opt out of those communications, you may request removal by calling 305-251-0001 or selecting the opt out option on the electronic communication.

The Foundation does not sell, transfer or disclose personal information to third parties.

We use Internet encryption software, Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol when collecting or transferring sensitive data such as credit card information. Once your credit card information is received, it is accessible to only essential authorized staff who have been specially trained in processing this information.

The Foundation reserves the right to use or disclose any information as needed to satisfy any law, regulation or legal request, to protect the integrity of the site, to fulfill your requests, or to cooperate in any law enforcement investigation or an investigation on a public safety matter.

You are in control of all personal information you provide to us online. If at any time, you would like to correct the personal information we have about you or if you would like to change your preferences for contacts from us, you can let us know by contacting us at the postal address listed below. In order to review any personal information we have about you or to ask us to delete that information or to stop further use of the information, please contact us through the address listed below.  If you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, please use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of our newsletter emails or contact us through the postal address listed below.  It may take up to two weeks to remove you from all of our email newsletter if we have one in production when you request to be removed.

We may offer links to sites that are not operated by the Foundation. If you visit one of these linked sites, you should review their privacy and other policies. We are not responsible for the policies and practices of other companies.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

From time to time, it may be necessary for the Foundation to change its privacy policy, so we suggest that you check here periodically. Rest assured, however, that any changes will not be retroactively applied and will not alter how we handle previously collected information.