Thursday, August 29, 2019

Nonprofit Concierge Service Moving Temporarily to Linn-Henley Research Library Beginning September 19

Dr. John Whitman, right, offers free business advice on nonprofits every Thursday at the Central Library 

The Birmingham Public Library's Nonprofit Concierge service is relocating temporarily to the Linn-Henley Research Library beginning September 19. The free service is moving due to the Monumental Stairs Project in which a winding staircase will be built to replace broken escalators in the Central Library East Building.

Dr. John Whitman, an experienced business expert, volunteers his time every Thursday morning to provide one-on-one consultation on topics related to starting and growing your nonprofit organization. Whitman began staffing the Nonprofit Concierge desk in the Business, Science and Technology Department earlier this year.

Dr. Whitman answers 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. 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.

Dr. Whitman teaches a monthly nonprofit workshop at the Central Library. His next nonprofit management workshop, "Assessment and Evaluation of Nonprofit Programs," will take place Tuesday, September 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Linn-Henley Research Library's Arrington Auditorium.

For more information about the Nonprofit Concierge Service and other nonprofit resources available at BPL, contact Jim Murray at or 205-226-3691.

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