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Elizabeth Ireland




Executive summary


Elizabeth Ireland is an experienced member of our not-for-profit practice who has been with Grant Thornton for 11 years. Elizabeth chose Grant Thornton upon her return to public accounting because it was the only firm that could promise her a concentration in the higher education and not-for-profit sectors. She has over 15 years of accounting and auditing experience.

Elizabeth serves as engagement partner for The Zoological Society of Pennsylvania, The William Penn Foundation, Peirce College, Ursinus College, Stockton University, John Templeton Foundation, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Social Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia Office of Catholic Education amongst others.

Elizabeth started her career at Arthur Andersen and transitioned to industry in 2002 in the Financial Reporting Department of the Comptroller’s Office at the University of Pennsylvania.  In this office, she performed monthly analysis of financial statement accounts.  Elizabeth also prepared University financial statements, assisted with the consolidated financial statement preparation, and coordinated the year-end closing process for select schools within the University system.

Outside of the office, Elizabeth is active in the community and serves on the board for Women’s Way.

Elizabeth has presented continuing professional education courses to the not-for-profit community, most recently at Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO) on “Development and the Business Office, Learning to Speak the Same Language.



Professional qualifications and memberships

  • CPA - Pennsylvania


Community involvement

  • Women’s Way  — Board member
  • Professional Women’s Roundtable — Board member
  • United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania — Volunteer



  • St. Joseph’s University — BS in Accounting
  • Fels Institutes at the University of Pennsylvania — MA in Government Administration

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