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Chicago, Illinois

  • Not-for-profit and higher education
Service Experience
  • Audit
  • Private company audit

Thomas Brean




Executive summary


Tom Brean is responsible for audits and consulting for a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations. He works with large national and international charitable organizations, professional and trade associations, social service, higher education, cultural, and religious organizations. Tom is currently the lead partner working with the YMCA of the USA, Salvation Army Central Territory, Field Museum, Navy Pier, Elmhurst University and Art Institute of Chicago. He is also a frequent speaker and author on not-for-profit topics.




Professional qualifications and memberships

  • CPA — Illinois
  • Illinois CPA Society, Not-for-Profit Committee, Member and Former
  • Chair



Community involvement

  • Chicago Architecture Foundation, Board of Trustees; Finance Committee



Presentations and publications

  • Speaker, Illinois CPA Society Annual Not-for-Profit Conference, “Accounting and Auditing Update,” November 2008–2012.
  • Speaker, AICPA Not-for-Profit and Governmental Conference, “Single Audits,” “NPO Audit and Advance Accounting Issues,” October 2012.
  • Speaker, AHACPA Annual Multifamily Conference, “Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing Update,” December 2011.
  • Speaker, Association Forum, “Best Practices for Governing Your Association,” June 2009.
  • Visit our library for more articles and presentations by Thomas Brean.




  • BBA, University of Wisconsin

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