The Next Step

aka The Next Step   |   Saint Louis, MO   |  http://thenextstepstl.org

Mission

To provide tuition assistance to individuals active in a 12-step recovery program from alcohol or substance abuse who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing an academic or vocational education.

Ruling year info

2005

President, Board of Directors

Darcy Glidewell

Main address

P.O. Box 440413

Saint Louis, MO 63144 USA

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EIN

20-1750945

NTEE code info

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

University or Technological (B43)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many individuals in the St. Louis community are affected by alcohol or substance abuse. After actively participating in a 12-step recovery program, many individuals want to improve their lives, often by pursuing an education. Unfortunately, they may have lost emotional or financial support from their families as a result of their addiction. The Next Step believes that education is one of the best ways to rise above addiction, so we are dedicated to helping these individuals improve their lives.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Scholarship Fund

We provide tuition assistance for individuals who are active in a 12-step recovery program and pursuing an academic or vocational education. All funds are paid directly to the educational institution and can be used for tuition or books.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of academic scholarships awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Substance abusers

Related Program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Substance abusers

Related Program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our ultimate goal is to reach every individual in the St. Louis area who is in recovery and in need of financial assistance to further their education. We seek to provide the funds necessary for tuition and books to these individuals that meet our scholarship criteria. This requires us to first identify the individuals in need, and then raise the funds necessary to further their education.

a. Our strategy includes expanding our community outreach to make all qualified individuals in the St. Louis area who need financial assistance aware of our services. We will do this by using utilizing all available media services, including print and social media; as well as utilizing personal contact with organizations and individuals that have links to people in recovery.

b. Current strategies also include continuing and expanding our fundraising efforts to not only provide more scholarships but to increase the amount of tuition assistance we can provide to each individual. We do this through two major fundraising events - a Golf raffle and a Scholarship Dinner - and through individual contributions from our donors.

c. We are also continually developing new sources of fundraising, which include the implementation of a planned giving program, and the pursuit of grant money that may be available to our organization.

Our organization has an active, all-volunteer board of directors. These board members provide management guidance for the organization, as well as the manpower to administer our fundraising programs and our scholarship programs.

In addition to the board, the organization has one paid employee, an Executive Director. This person guides the organization and provides oversight for all fundraising, special events, grant writing, operations, and scholarship management.

We also require our scholarship recipients to volunteer for the organization at special events, which allows us to raise more money with less overhead costs.

An outside accounting firm provides financial support to ensure we are utilizing our funds in the best manner possible.

Since the founding of the organization in 2005, we have awarded 695 scholarships and distributed over $1.5 million in tuition assistance. In 2020, we awarded $179,704 in funding to 71 individuals in 12-step recovery programs.

In future years we hope to expand our outreach to assist a greater number of people in our community that need our assistance and to provide larger scholarships.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed the application deadline and interview dates to accommodate the school and finals schedules of our applicants.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Next Step

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Darcy Glidewell

The Next Step

Term: 2021 - 2020


Board co-chair

Clay Jenkins

The Next Step

Term: 2020 - 2021

Bob Callahan

Lynn Jenkins

Sandy Wool

Ron McKenzie

Megan Crollard

Karen Stern

Mark Leadlove

Alan Carney

Ted McNulty

Brian McGinnis

Melissa Carlton

Darcy Glidewell

Clay Jenkins

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/5/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/05/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.