Dallas, TX (Vocus) January 14, 2008
Viscern, a Dallas-based firm serving the national and international not-for-profit sector, announces the sale of the diocesan group of RSI Catholic Services to O'Meara, Ferguson and Kearns (OFK).
ViscernÂs RSI division pioneered service to Catholic dioceses, including leading the Archdiocese of Chicago in the $250 million Millennium Campaign, the largest diocesan capital campaign in the Catholic ChurchÂs history. RSI will continue to provide specialized stewardship consulting and unparalleled client service to individual schools and parishes, while OFK will manage the similar needs of dioceses and religious orders. OFK will engage with clients under the RSI Catholic Services brand in the near term. ViscernÂs RSI Catholic Services group will be rebranded as simply RSI, with a special market emphasis on Catholic Schools and Parishes. This market segment will be led by Senior Vice President, Mike Halloran.
Viscern sought OFK due to its unique commitment to Catholic dioceses and their local communities. OFK provides consulting and investment management advisory services to Catholic dioceses. Dan Conway, former president of the Viscern RSI Catholic Services group will join OFK as President and CEO of RSI Catholic Services, an OFK Company.
Richard Blackmon, CEO of Viscern says, ÂI believe the sale of our diocesan business to OFK will be a benefit to all involved: it will be a win for OFK, as they will bring comprehensive services to the diocesan world; it will be a win for RSI as it allows us to focus on parishes and schools, and I believe it will be a win for the Catholic Church in America.Â
Viscern is the parent company of Ketchum and RSI, two of the most distinguished consulting organizations in philanthropic and religious fundraising. Viscern's predecessors date to 1919, when Ketchum was founded, and 1973, when RSI was founded. The firm has expanded its services and its reach over the years, and is the leader in its field. Through its two companies, Ketchum and RSI, Viscern is working with more than 600 clients currently seeking to raise more than $5 billion.
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