About our team

Next 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, Managing Partner
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Steve BolandSteve 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, is an alumnus of the Shannon Leadership Institute, and serves on the Board of Directors for Outfront Minnesota. Steve is an adjunct instructor at Hamline University in Development and Fundraising.

Ruth Hamberg, Connections Consultant
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Ruth Hamberg supports mission-driven organizations through marketing and communications, event production and organizational development. With experience in strategic planning, appreciative inquiry and community engagement, she connects the details of implementation with the big picture thinking required for long-lasting impact.

Ruth’s work builds on five years as the engagement specialist for Minnesota Compass (Amherst H. Wilder Foundation), which provides data to inspire action across the state. She built strategic cross-sector relationships, managed a portfolio of 15+ Minnesota funders, led social media and delivered research presentations to community leaders. Prior to working with Minnesota Compass, Ruth served as Speakers Bureau and Media Relations Coordinator for Greater Twin Cities United Way. Ruth’s Myers-Briggs Type is “The Protagonist.”

Outside of work, Ruth leads or supports initiatives that unite people in service, shared vision and joy. Her personal passions include salsa dancing and vegetarian cooking. With nonprofit and research experience from India to Ecuador and roots in North Minneapolis, Ruth now lives and works in St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood with periodic remote work from Latin America.

Damon Runnals, Constructive Consultant
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Damon RunnalsDamon Runnals is a Twin Cities consultant and entrepreneur whose Venn diagram meets at center of technology, creativity, and community. Damon is the former executive director of The Southern Theater having navigated that organization through a major financial overhaul and introducing the Twin Cities to ARTshare, the first all-access performing arts membership program.

With his wife Meaghan, Damon is the co-artisitic director of Swandive Theatre, a Minneapolis-based theatre company whose focus is on creating imaginative worlds rooted in theatrical design. Their premiere of Justin Maxwell’s An Outopia for Pigeons received national acclaim in the Jan 2014 issue of American Theatre Magazine. Damon sees himself as an artist who guides other artists to achieve greatness. His Myers Briggs Type is “The Protagonist”.

A graduate of Hartwick College in NY, Damon holds a BA in Theatre Arts. The father of two little girls (ages three and one) he is applying all his administration skills to new position of “parent”.




Jarvis, Senior Executive Vice President of Morale and Employee Wellness

JarvisJarvis joined our team in 2016, from a shelter in Ohio and without the extensive resume he most certainly has earned. His work involves ensuring employee movement breaks, and generally being a joyful presence everywhere he goes. Jarvis has thus far been uninterested in completing a Myers Briggs inventory, but those who have known him feel that “Defender” is his likely type.