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 | he/him
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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 | she/her
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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 CrossCross, Constructive Consultant | they/them
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 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.

Grace MayoGrace Mayo, Development Consultant | she/her
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Grace Mayo is excited to have found a team where her sense of justice, passion for inclusion, and belief in the power of community are encouraged. Endlessly curious, Grace will take a deep dive into your organization through research and data organization to understand and support its mission and foundational values. She believes nonprofits have the unique ability to leave a generational impact on the communities they serve. As an Enneagram 4, the Individualist, she is always seeking ways to be creative and unique. Grace holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Bethel University in St. Paul.

Jasmine XiongJasmin Xiong, Consultant | she/her
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Jasmin Xiong is the newest member of the Next in Nonprofits team. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Communications. She is often looking for ways to improve so she can continue showing her best work. Jasmin is passionate about giving back to her community as she believes that if you surround yourself in a community with people who are dedicated to bettering the world, you can learn how to navigate the world greater. She believes that non-profit organizations are truly amazing because it can empower people to continue advocating for things they believe in.

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.