Jan 31, 2023

Capstone Partners Advised Stellar Technology Solutions on Its Sale to Ren Inc.

Capstone Partners advised Stellar Technology Solutions—a provider of philanthropic fiduciary enterprise SaaS and professional services—on its sale to Ren Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Based in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Stellar Technology Solutions is a leading provider of philanthropic fiduciary enterprise solutions. The company offers the iPhiTM product suite, a web-based, enterprise level philanthropic management software for charitable organizations and financial institutions. Stellar’s iPhi software solutions power some of the largest and most well-respected community foundations, religious philanthropies and commercially sponsored donor advised funds (DAFs), planned giving, and endowment programs in the United States.

“As DAFs continue to grow in popularity, there has never been a better time to join forces with Ren,” said John Coogan, President at Stellar. “The leading financial services firms and nonprofit organizations that run on our iPhi™ platform will now also have access to Ren’s full suite of administrative services and giving experiences. We’re thrilled to help our clients scale their philanthropic efforts with this comprehensive technology and services offering, now under one roof.”

We selected Capstone because of their particular knowledge and depth of experience in the not-for-profit technology market.

Bryan MilegarCEO, Stellar Technology Solutions

Teak Murphy, Director at Capstone, commented, “We are in the midst of a rapid modernization of technology within the philanthropic segment. The combination of Stellar and Ren brings together two highly complementary leaders in the DAF segment, setting the stage for a new generation of solutions to empower philanthropic organizations and donors to significantly improve processes.”

“This integration combines trusted technologies with Ren’s proven and time-tested charitable giving expertise,” said Joe Fisher, President and CEO at Ren. “We look to become the go-to source that financial institutions, advisors, and charities turn to when they seek innovative, holistic charitable giving solutions. Ren continues to drive standardization and efficiency in a marketplace that benefits the entire philanthropic ecosystem, enabling Stellar and Ren customers to do what they do best – manage wealth and philanthropic endeavors. It’s our latest move in our ongoing mission to further democratize giving.”

Ren is a full-service technology solutions provider and charitable giving partner and the largest independent philanthropic solutions provider in North America.  With 35 years of industry knowledge, Ren partners with financial services firms, elite nonprofit organizations, and leading community foundations to provide online access for donors, professional advisors, and staff, to manage their planned giving programs, including charitable trusts, donor-advised funds, pooled income funds, endowments, and private foundations. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Indianapolis, the company holds a SOC 2 Type 1 certification and supports $16.6 Billion of assets including charitable trusts, donor-advised funds, pooled income funds, endowments, and private foundations.

The expert investment banking professionals on Capstone Partners’ Technology Team work with leading middle market software companies operating in a wide range of vertical markets including Nonprofit Software and Services to advise with their strategic decision-making in order to maximize financial outcomes at every stage of the business lifecycle. Our firm has developed a full suite of corporate finance solutions, including M&A advisory, debt advisory, financial advisory, and equity capital financing to help privately owned businesses and private equity firms address any need, ranging from growth and financial or operational advisement to an ultimate exit transaction. To learn more about this transaction, or about the benefits of starting a relationship with our Technology Banking Team, contact us here.