Programs & Services

Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO) is a partnership between University of North Carolina-Wilmington, funders, civic leaders and other community organizations to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations and increase philanthropy in southeastern North Carolina.

Currently, QENO provides the following servicesQENO's Programs & Services

Workshops for All Nonprofit Leaders:

Typically two-day workshops, the trainings are open to all nonprofit leaders.  Our signature workshop, Board Governance, identifies ways to increase board engagement by assessing the level of current engagement and culture.  It will also:

Executive Director Roundtables

These events offer the opportunity for only Executive Directors and equivalent a chance to speak candidly about issues affecting their organizations.  A collaborative approach, leaders will listen and offer possible solutions to issues while a facilitator will guide the conservation to its purpose.  In addition, guest speakers and trainers will periodically be present to offer expert advice to the challenges facing organizations.  Roundtables are currently offered in New Hanover, Onslow, and Robeson counties.

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn Series

A combination of networking event and learning session, Lunch & Learn events offers a less formal training/informational format where instructors and participants engage in discussion on various topics that affect the nonprofit community.  Past topics include volunteer management, marketing, human resource issues, and diversity.  Programming changes often are guided by suggestion from participating organizations.  Lunch & Learns are open to all community leaders.

The AmeriCorps VISTA Program

AmeriCorps VISTA

VISTA stands for Volunteers In Service To America and is a program that seeks to create sustainable change that will bring individuals and communities out of poverty.  A VISTA member builds on the organizational capacity through volunteer management and community outreach.  QENO has successfully placed a total of 7 VISTAs throughout Columbus, New Hanover, and Onslow counties and recently in Robeson County. 

Text Box:  Weekly eNewsletter

All organizations and members can opt to receive weekly newsletters and announcements regarding various capacity building activates and learning opportunities.

Organizational Coaching

Organizations have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one coaching with a QENO consultant.   Coaching is provided through various options:



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