About Us


Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO) is a partnership between UNCW and the community created to help strengthen nonprofit organizations in southeastern North Carolina through professional, leadership, and organizational development and providing connections to UNCW faculty, staff, and students.

We offer...

  • Organizational coaching
  • Free consultations
  • Technical assistance
  • Student applied learning opportunities


QENO was initiated in 2006 through the collaborative efforts of local funders, community leaders, and UNCW faculty and administrators from the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program who shared the goal of expanding opportunities for local non-profits to network and receive training in non-profit best practices.

Today, QENO has matured into a university-wide office with strong institutional support of UNCW's Office of Community Engagement and Applied Llearning. QENO leads multiple university-wide collaborations to provide increased resources to our region's nonprofit sector.

Primary funders include:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina
  • Cape Fear Memorial Foundation
  • State Employees Credit Union Foundation

Our Impact