"Every success begins with human action"

About Us

A Colorado corporation founded by Dr. Joseph Panza, HumanAction Associates LLC, has opened its doors to Colorado area not-for-profits after successfully launching in Connecticut in 2000. Retired from higher education as a Full Professor in 2013, founder and owner, Dr. Panza now concentrates his efforts on consulting bringing both real world and academic understanding of NPOs to bear. He will utilize the expertise of experienced associates for the team that best fits your requirements.

HumanAction Associates prefers to work those NPOs that would self-describe as small to medium, successful in their mission, wanting to evolve and develop long-term strategies to advance their special cause. On occasion, HumanAction Associates has granted pro bono consulting for some NPOs to give back to the sector in meaningful ways that make a difference. Perhaps your NPO is one such organization.

Dr. Panza earned the doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Educational Leadership Program, 1980, a master’s degree in counseling from Seton Hall University and bachelor’s degree in psychology from Seton Hall University. Over a long and storied career as a clinician, executive, policy maker and academic, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the challenges faced by NPOs.

With over a quarter century of experience as an executive in various NPOs, both large and small, Dr. Panza has a rich understanding of the many challenges NPOs face, whether they are recent start-ups or well-established mature entities planning financial futures with creative fund development strategies. For many years, he led organizations with a specific interest in disabilities, advocacy, service provision, day and residential programs as well as birth-to-three programs. He served in eight states around the nation and, at each stop, was successful in bringing his organizations lasting success, growth and financial stability.

The work done by HumanAction Associates is founded on the core principles of sound, ethical management; wise business practices; a well-developed and stakeholder-established mission with forward-looking strategies; as well as stewardship of resources to ensure long-term success, viability and sustainability. Previous consultations have involved strategic planning, board and volunteer development and relations, executive development and coaching, staff training, as well as fund development for securing future mission accomplishment.

During his career, Dr. Panza's work focused on program quality at the highest level, advanced budget and financial practices, policies and procedures management and compliance issues, and staff training and development. Dr. Panza was recruited several times to perform significant "turn arounds" during his NPO executive career. Lessons learned in that crucible were used to inform his teaching undergraduate and graduate management courses.

These guiding principles and core values are based on broad experience in public and private sectors as an executive and as a state official, and were further validated by and reinforced in his consulting and academic experience. As a professor, he assisted students to become entrepreneurs forming businesses or not-for-profit start ups. Dr. Panza taught management-related courses at two universities as well as serving as an adjunct professor in psychology at two universities, teaching developmental and abnormal psychology in addition to courses in disabilities, leadership development and legal issues. He is a published author and enjoys writing. Nothing brings more professional satisfaction than seeing an individual or organization strive and succeed. Dr. Panza's motto is "success takes human action".

As another element of his career, Dr. Panza led the establishment of the sports management program at Southern Connecticut State University in his final years in higher education, recognizing the contributions sports have made to society in both positive and negative ways for student-athletes, people with disabilities, communities and families. The success of the program was astounding, exceeding expectations for enrollment by all metrics. An annual lecture series in sports management was announced in his honor in April 2013. This distinction was bestowed upon him by department colleagues just prior to his retirement along with the awarding of Professor Emeritus status by the University President and Board of Trustees. In 2014, the Dr. Joseph Panza Annual Lecture Series in Sports Management launched.