Meet our staff

Natasha Davis

Natasha Davis




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Angela Keith

QENO Program Associate

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Joe Fields

QENO Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Munazza Abraham

QENO AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager



About Us


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

We offer ...

  • Professional workshops
  • Organizational coaching
  • Community-based research opportunities
  • Nonprofit lunch & learn series
  • Technical assistance
  • Student applied learning opportunities

About Us

In 2006, QENO, which stands for “Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations,” was initiated through the collaborative efforts of local funders, community leaders, and UNCW faculty and administrators who were interested in expanding the opportunities that local nonprofits have to network and receive training in nonprofit management best practices.

Today, QENO has matured into a program with strong institutional support of the Department of Public and International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNCW and intellectual leadership provided by Executive Director, Natasha Davis and professors Tom Barth, Jeffrey Brudney, and Chris Prentice in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Primary funders include the BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina Foundation, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Cape Fear Memorial Foundation, United Way of the Cape Fear Area, and New Hanover Community Foundation. The QENO Advisory Committee with representatives from the government, nonprofit and business sectors provides ongoing ideas and feedback as well.

QENO staff members and independent contractors facilitate workshops and training seminars on topics such as board member recruitment and governance, human resources management, volunteer recruitment, and financial planning. QENO also provides organizational coaching by experts in the areas of strategic planning, program evaluation, board governance, team building, staff development, financial management, and more. Join us for our monthly Nonprofit Lunch & Learn series that provides networking and professional development.

Community Partners

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