Thursday, July 18, 2019

Birmingham Public Library’s Nonprofit Concierge Service


Central Library hosts a nonprofit concierge service every Thursday morning to provide one-on-one consultation on topics related to starting and growing your nonprofit organization.

What: Birmingham Public Library’s Nonprofit Concierge Service
When: Thursday mornings
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Where: Birmingham Public Library – Central Library/East Building/3rd Floor/Business, Science and Technology Department
Details: Appointments are not necessary, but patrons who make reservations will be given priority. Make reservations through the BPL events calendar. Walk-ins will be handled on a first-come first-served basis.

As shown by the impressive attendance at the Birmingham Public Library’s (BPL) Nonprofit Management Class Series, the library’s patrons must be very interested in learning more about the details involved in operating a nonprofit organization. Whether the topic is forming a nonprofit, writing a grant application, assessing a current program, or contemplating a future program, inquisitive attendees have shown up to listen and ask questions of the series presenter, Dr. John Whitman. As each class participant could attest, Dr. Whitman’s classroom instruction is a highly effective means of providing a much needed overview of these topics. Unfortunately, however, due to the constraints of an hour-long class, not enough time is available to properly address each individual’s specific concerns, issues, and inquiries. Well, this is why Dr. Whitman’s Nonprofit Concierge Service is such a welcome addition at BPL.

Every Thursday morning at the Central Library from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Dr. John Whitman staffs the Nonprofit Concierge desk in the Business, Science and Technology Department and is available to answer individual patron questions about nonprofit organizations, including their formation, management, governance, and their overall performance in the region, as compared to the rest of the country.

Appointments are not necessary, but patrons who make reservations will be given priority. Walk-ins will be handled on a first-come first-served basis.

This service is made possible through a collaboration between the Birmingham Public Library and the Harvard Club of Birmingham, which represents Harvard University alumni in North and Central Alabama. Dr. Whitman, who currently serves as vice president and chair of Membership and Events at the Harvard Club, has published widely on the social economy of the United States and on a variety of topics pertaining to nonprofits. He has taught courses in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, nonprofits, leadership, and management consulting at American University, Babson College, Georgetown University, Harvard University, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Dr. Whitman has founded and serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations in both Birmingham and Washington, DC.

For more information about the Nonprofit Concierge Service and other nonprofit resources available at BPL, please contact Jim Murray of the Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Department by email at jmurray@bham.lib.al.us or by calling 205-226-3691.

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