Our Mission & History

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Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. (“RCF”) fulfills its mission of making charitable dreams come true by providing customized charitable solutions and resources to Financial Institutions; Nonprofit Organizations; Financial Advisors; and Individuals and Families. We create the perfect environment to achieve charitable planning goals while allowing maximum flexibility in asset investment. No one offers more flexibility structuring your charitable plan than we do!

RCF is the sponsoring charity for Donor-Advised Funds and Charitable Gift Annuities. With our vast experience, we have also helped our clients create all types of Planned Gifts, including Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Lead Trusts, Private Foundations, Supporting Organizations and Pooled Income Funds. We know the intricacies involved with complex gifts such as real estate, closely-held businesses, art, life insurance, and collections just to name a few. Many clients name us as the charitable beneficiary in their estate and financial plans to ensure their continuing legacy.

Established in 2000, we have received over $1.4 Billion in charitable contributions and currently manage over $850 Million in charitable assets. RCF has made more than $650 Million in grants to charities representing all 50 states as well as grants to charities in other countries. We partner with Renaissance Administration LLC, an Indianapolis-based charitable trust service provider that was founded in 1987.

Need more information? Call 866-803-0389 for a Charitable Giving Consultant today or email Info@RCGF.org.

Who We Are

Gregory W. Baker, J.D., ChFC®, CFP®, CAP

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Greg Baker is President of Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc.  In this role, Mr. Baker reviews and revises the Foundation's policies as well as monitors performance and compliance of the charity’s assets and relationships with donors and money managers. For the past 25 years, he has provided trust, tax and philanthropic financial planning advice to over 4,000 attorneys and 8,000 development officers and financial planners in all 50 states regarding more than 18,000 charitable remainder trusts, more than 800 charitable lead trusts, and numerous foundations, charitable gift annuities and donor-advised funds. Mr. Baker’s advice has helped donors contribute over $6 billion to charitable gift plans. Mr. Baker is a Past President and current Board Member of the Planned Giving Group of Indiana.

Steven R. Ko, CPA

Chairman and Treasurer
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Steve Ko is the Chairman and Treasurer of Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. Prior to joining the Foundation, Mr. Ko was associate managing director for Private Capital Corporation based in San Francisco where he was responsible for corporate finance projects. Mr. Ko was previously the chief financial officer for Bank America’s subsidiary bank in Hawaii where he was responsible for the finance and capital market functions. As CFO, Mr. Ko coordinated all public and private capital raising initiatives. In addition, Mr. Ko managed the Bank’s $800 million investment portfolio. Mr. Ko is a CPA and began his career as a computer-audit specialist with KPMG in Honolulu.

Douglas W. Cox, J.D.

Vice President and Secretary
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Doug Cox is the Vice President and Secretary of Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. Mr. Cox’s duties include maintaining regular contact with the Board and keeping the corporate records. Mr. Cox assists attorneys and financial planners in planning and implementing charitable remainder trusts and other charitable gift tools. Mr. Cox previously served as an Administrative Law Judge with the Indiana Department of Revenue for eight years. He was primarily responsible for conducting administrative hearings on tax disputes involving corporate income, sales and other state taxes.

Mr. Cox was admitted to the Indiana Bar in October 1988 after receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1985, Mr. Cox received a Bachelor of Arts Degree, magna cum laude in Public Administration from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Ann Merkel

Board Director

In her role as Chief Market Development Officer of The National Bank of Indianapolis, Ms. Merkel is responsible for cultivating and maintaining high profile corporate, individual and community relationships that strengthen the Bank’s brand and reputation. Ms. Merkel’s banking career encompasses more than 30 years of providing Commercial, Private Banking and Nonprofit banking services to corporations, individuals and charitable organization in the greater Indianapolis area. She earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting and Finance from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. She is also a graduate of the United Way Executive Women’s Leadership Series and the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Development Series and has served on numerous nonprofit boards throughout her career.

Daniel H. O'Connell, J.D.

Board Director

Mr. O’Connell, and his firm O’Connell & Associates, P.C., specialize in tax and tax related matters, including work in the areas of estate and asset protection planning; probate and trust administration; charitable giving; corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies; qualified retirement plans; and income tax planning for individuals, businesses and investment entities.  Mr. O’Connell is certified as a tax specialist by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization. He has lectured at various tax workshops and has published several articles and co-authored books on tax matters. He was formerly a professor and the assistant dean at the University Of Arizona College Of Law in Tucson. Mr. O’Connell has been listed for over 20 years in The Best Lawyers of America, a listing of the top attorneys in the nation selected by their peers.  The Law Firm was the first firm in Arizona to be listed in the tax section of the Bar Register, the most prestigious firm biographical listing in the country.

Steven Birt

Foundation Administrator
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Steve Birt began working with our partner organization, Renaissance Administration LLC in 2004 and became the Foundation Administrator for Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc. in 2011. His duties include the day-to-day administration of the Donor Advised Fund program which includes providing timely, accurate and focused service to Advisors and Donors, coordinating the implementation of new accounts, reviewing and approving grants, reviewing incoming contributions and outgoing grants, issuing Donor Statements, working with various money managers on the movement of money in to and out of the investment accounts, working with the foundation officers on various issues, etc. His background is in the Financial Services industry having previously worked at American Funds and as a Retirement Services Consultant at Gardner & White and OneAmerica here in Indianapolis.

Contact Information

Renaissance Charitable Foundation Inc.
8910 Purdue Rd. Suite 555
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Phone: 866-803-0389
Fax: 877-222-1829
E-Mail: Info@RCGF.org