After building and running foundations for Oprah Winfrey (2000-2009) and the Crown Family in Chicago (2009-2016), Caren started Croland Consulting to help high net worth families and businesses develop philanthropic practices in line with their values. Caren’s focus is on governance, cross generation engagement, strategic planning, and evaluation. Caren helps philanthropic professionals realize efficiency and potential using evidence-based tools to understand changing landscapes.
Caren is a partner in Entertain2Educate, which is a production company focused on ethics in the workplace, a board director and finance committee member of The Poetry Foundation, which received a $200M bequest from Ruth Lilly, a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council, a member of the Board of Visitors at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School’s re-visioning team, a director of Friends of the Children, which provides mentors for foster children, and a MacArthur Foundation reviewer for $100&Change, their $100MM grant program.
She is also an organizer, frequent keynote speaker, and panelist at association and wealth management conferences. She has a long history of working across the nonprofit sector as a director, board member, volunteer, and committee member. Caren has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and a certificate in nonprofit strategic leadership from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Caren enjoys coaching, mentoring, and working alongside people who believe they can make the world a better place.