Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP®,

Executive Director, Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact, The American College of Financial Services

Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP® is Executive Director Center for Philanthropy and Social Impact at The American College of Financial Services and Blunt-Nickel Professor in Philanthropy. In this role, she works with practitioners in the field, creating a shared space to develop multi-disciplinary ideas to advance social change. New initiatives include Purpose School, a program for leaders exploring the intersections of purpose and social impact, and the Advisors of Color in Philanthropy Network, a movement to bring diversity into the philanthropic advising field.

Dien’s research and teaching focus on access and growth of philanthropic advising in the U.S. and Asia. Her latest projects involve bringing together thought leaders to explore the building of a thriving philanthropic advising ecosystem. In Asia, Dien serves as Lead Faculty for Philanthropy at WMI (Wealth Management Institute), teaching in the Certificate for Philanthropy and Social Impact program, Singapore’s first certified philanthropic advising program for advisors. She also serves as a Learning Partner for Asia Venture Philanthropy Network’s inaugural Philanthropy Advisory Fellowship program.

Before joining the College, she worked in several wealth management firms and held executive positions in regional and global development organizations.


Community Foundations Topical Call: Philanthropic Advisor Competencies

Posted on May 24, 2023 by Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP®,, Tony Macklin

The demand for philanthropic advice is increasing and, in response, more firms and organizations are hiring advisors to wealthy donors and families. However, our field of philanthropic advisors and consultants is a beautiful mess of talents, perspectives, responsibilities, and expectations. In October 2022, the American College of Financial Services convened 50 experts and practitioners to envision a more cohesive future… Read More

Community Foundations Network Topical Call: CAP Study Groups

Posted on January 14, 2021 by Michelle Arndt, Dien Yuen, JD/LLM, CAP®, AEP®,, Caroline Kuebler

As a strategy for growth and increased impact, community foundations have long been supporting and convening professional advisors. The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) study groups have been an important forum for foundations to build philanthropic planning education in community. How are community foundation peers supporting advisors and growing philanthropy locally?… Read More