Next City Announces New Fundraising Staff

Next City is excited to begin the new year with two new members on its fundraising and development team: its first-ever major gifts officer, Deryle Daniels, and its new development manager, Eboni. 

Both will be working toward establishing long-term sustainability for Next City’s work as a nonprofit media organization covering solutions for more equitable cities. Last year, Next City celebrated its 20th anniversary of publishing journalism that amplifies replicable solutions to the problems that oppress people in cities. 

Deryle Daniels, Jr

“I am excited to expand Next City’s fundraising strategy and execution,” says Daniels, who joined the team shortly before the new year. “If we, as humans, are to know what solutions there are to the problems we face, there must be a vehicle that makes the solutions we seek accessible. Next City is that vehicle. Engaging with major donors will allow us to extend this access to more people for decades to come.”

Born and raised in Durham, Deryle Daniels, Jr., graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he since has served on multiple boards, including a current appointment to the UNC Greensboro’s Alumni Board of Directors. Over the past decade, he has worked in the fields of development, marketing, and communications with universities, community organizations and independent schools. He can be reached at

Eboni, a New York City-based development manager, also began her role with Next City just after the new year. 

Eboni has worked in nonprofit development since 2009. Her work in the sector began as a program director, and she accidentally got into development while working in that role. She has fundraised for organizations nationwide and prefers to work with those led by and serving marginalized voices. She can be reached at

The expansion of Next City’s fundraising capacity was called for by the 2021-2024 strategic plan and made possible with support from the Mellon Foundation. 

“We’re incredibly grateful to all the people who care about growing our solutions journalism at Next City,” says Lucas Grindley, executive director at Next City. “As a nonprofit news organization, we rely on support from donors and foundations who care about achieving a future when cities are liberated from systems and cultures of oppression. And this new capacity will help bring more of us together to realize that better world.” 

Next City publishes hundreds of stories each year on how urbanism can make cities more equitable. The outlet also compiles its best reporting into ebooks, hosts webinars with practitioners who share lessons from their work and convenes live events such as the annual Vanguard Conference for rising urban leaders. More than 600 Vanguard alumni are working today around the globe. 

Originally named The Next American City, the organization began publishing a quarterly magazine in 2003. What started as a black-and-white printed publication staffed by volunteers ultimately grew into a popular and influential magazine that reached 1 million people over the course of its 31 issues. 

Today, Next City is a trusted voice on urban policy, reaching more than 2 million influential doers and changemakers via Next City’s website annually. Another 170,000 follow coverage on social media, and 50,000 subscribe to newsletters. All are searching for ways that cities can be reimagined as truly equitable and inclusive.

As a nonprofit, Next City depends on financial support from thousands of donations each year, plus the backing of partners such as the Surdna Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Mellon Foundation and more. For a complete list, please visit To make a donation, please visit

Lead photo: Next City staff and rising urban leaders from around the country at our 2023 Vanguard conference in Richmond, Virginia.

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