Next in Nonprofits logoNext in Nonprofits believes charities and their missions can create more change in the world with better tools, more community support, and a commitment to genuine engagement. We focus on emerging ideas which produce results. Visit our services page to learn more about what we do, and read on to learn who does those things.

Steve Boland

Steve Boland, Managing Partner | [email protected]
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Steve Boland is a nonprofit veteran with over twenty-five years of experience helping charities grow with new ideas in fundraising and communications. He has served as executive director of Saint Paul Neighborhood Network, the Summit University Planning Council, and Greater Frogtown Community Development Corporation before founding Next in Nonprofits. Steve has presented over 100 learning sessions on topics such as crowdfunding, engaging corporate philanthropy, and social media strategy for nonprofits. He disputes his Myers Briggs Type characterization of Commander as any kind of apt descriptor, as authentic leadership never comes from issuing orders. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Steve holds a Master of Nonprofit Management from Hamline University and is an alumnus of the Shannon Leadership Institute.

Kathleen Conroy

Kathleen Conroy, Consultant | [email protected]
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Kathleen Conroy has been working with nonprofits for over twenty years predominantly in arts management and fundraising. She has worked locally with Camp Fire Minnesota, Puppeteers of America, Rosy Simas Danse, Frank Theatre, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, and Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theatre. She holds a certification in fundraising and development from the University of St. Thomas, a Master’s degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Connecticut, and is a proud Bennington College Alumni.  As a recovering creative she is in touch with the emotions, needs and motivations of clients and is ready to apply her leadership and facilitation skills to achieve your organization’s potential. As a Giver, she is here to help.

K CrossK Cross, Constructive Consultant | [email protected]
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Cross
 is an experienced nonprofit professional, consultant, and educator with a passion for project management and creating equitable, accessible systems to support mission-driven work. They support fundraising efforts, event planning, and staff development. Cross came to the nonprofit world from the education sector where they honed their abilities to facilitate rigorous conversations, engage diverse audiences, and make groan-worthy puns. As the inaugural Program Director for the creative writing nonprofit Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute, Cross published three student-authored books in partnership with local teachers and Wise Ink Creative Publishing, revamped five arms of programming serving 1200+ students annually. They serve on the steering committee for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Leadership Institute (EYLI) where they enjoy learning from and mentoring emerging leaders across the sector. After a lifetime of moving around as an Army Brat, they are happily living and learning with their partner, cat, and plants in South Minneapolis.

Jasmine XiongJasmin Xiong, Intern | [email protected]
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Jasmin Xiong is currently in her last semester at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is majoring in Communications and her Myers-Briggs personality type is Defender (ISFJ). Jasmin is passionate about giving back to her community and advocating for women. She loves dogs but doesn’t have any of her own right now because she wants to focus on her life first. She also likes trying out new restaurants to eat with family or friends.

Dog on a couch. Beagle Boone, Junior Executive Vice President of Morale and Employee Wellness
Boone joined our team in 2021 from a companion animal rescue in Missouri. His work involves ensuring employee movement breaks, and generally being a joyful presence everywhere he goes. Boone has thus far been uninterested in completing a Myers Briggs inventory, but those who have known him feel that Consul is his likely type.