Wakefield, MA – February 4, 2019 – Brook Venture Partners today announced the completion of the sale of its majority stake in RKD Group, LLC, a market-leading provider of omnichannel fundraising and communication services in the nonprofit sector to BV Investment Partners of Boston, MA.
RKD Group has raised billions of dollars for its clients and currently serves over 260 nonprofit organizations. Nonprofits rely on RKD’s data-driven, omnichannel solutions to generate net revenue, accelerate growth, build long-term donor relationships, and drive online and offline donor engagement.
Brook Venture Partners’ Brook Fund III was the majority stakeholder in the Company from June 2011 until the sale on January 30, 2019; during its ownership Brook originated and financed two key acquisitions. The acquisition of Kersten Direct in April 2014 brought onboard one of the leading digital marketing and data analytics providers in the industry. In September 2015 the acquisition of Alpha Dog Marketing materially expanded the Company’s presence in the Food Bank and Animal Care sectors.
Brook Partner, Walter Beinecke, who served as Chairman of RKD Group commented: “It has been a tremendous honor to work with one of the most talented teams in fundraising and I am very proud of the ongoing work RKD does helping world class non-profit organizations make a difference in our communities”.
RKD Group CEO Tim Kersten commented: “I am grateful for RKD Group’s relationship with majority investors, Brook Venture Partners. The alignment of values between RKD and Brook, and their commitment to supporting our growth, enabled us to rapidly scale our business and attain a level of success that would not have been possible otherwise”.
The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI). served as the financial advisor to RKD in the transaction.
About RKD Group
RKD Group is a leading fundraising and marketing services provider to more than 260 nonprofit organizations, including hospitals, social service, health, disease research, animal welfare, and faith-based charities. RKD Group’s multichannel approach leverages technology, advanced data science, and award-winning strategic and creative leadership to accelerate net revenue growth, build long-term donor relationships, and drive online and offline engagements and donations. With a growing team of 200+ professionals, RKD Group creates breakthroughs never thought possible. For more information, please visit www.rkdgroup.com.
About Brook Venture Partners
Headquartered in Wakefield, MA, Brook Venture Partners is a Private Equity firm that makes growth equity control investments in Healthcare Information Technology, Marketing Technology and Technology Enabled Service companies located in the United States. The firm focuses on both financing and providing the strategic and planning support necessary to effectively manage growth. For more information on Brook Venture Partners, see www.brookventure.com.