Caren Croland Yanis

Board of Visitors

Board of Visitors
Caren Croland Yanis: Board of Visitors


Caren Croland Yanis, consultant at Croland Consulting, started Croland Consulting to help high net worth families, businesses, and agencies develop philanthropic practices in line with their values.

Her focus is on governance, family engagement across generations, strategic planning and portfolio evaluation. Caren helps philanthropic professionals realize efficiency and potential using evidence-based tools to understand both internal and external landscapes.

Prior to opening Croland Consulting, Caren served as president of Crown Family Philanthropies for eight years as the first professional, non-family leader. While there, she managed organizational redesign and growth, engaged multiple generations of family members in philanthropic activities, planned and facilitated policy development, and guided strategic initiatives in the U.S., Israel, and the developing world.

Caren is a board director and finance committee member of The Poetry Foundation and a founding director of Leading Edge, a group formed to build organizational strength in nonprofit agencies.

She is a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council, an Accreditation Advisory Committee member at the Spertus Institute, an advisor to the Lily School of Family Philanthropy, and an advisor to the MacArthur Foundation and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Caren speaks about philanthropy and social change to groups of donors and to students.