NEXT STEP NETWORK INC

Affordable Housing Done Right

aka Next Step   |   Louisville, KY   |  https://nextstepus.org

Mission

Putting sustainable homeownership within reach of everyone, while transforming the manufactured housing industry through consumer education, affordability, and energy efficiency.

Ruling year info

2012

President/CEO & Founder

Stacey Epperson

Main address

1355 Bardstown Road #116

Louisville, KY 40204 USA

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EIN

61-1656588

NTEE code info

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

New Step Homes

Next Step partners with mission-driven developers to provide homes to prepared and supported homebuyers so they can access fair and equitable loans and purchase homes in vibrant, diverse neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve low and moderate-income homebuyers and first-time homebuyers.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

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

    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?

    Next Step is overhauling all instructional programs to better reflect client needs and make materials more representative of the communities we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are allocating more programming to communities of color.

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

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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NEXT STEP NETWORK INC

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shelia Rice

Former Exec Director Neighborhoodworks Montana

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Damon Allen

Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

Term: 2020 -

John Gillespie

Beyond the Bottom Line

Francis "Frank" Olson

Frontier Housing

Katherine Gwatkin-Goulding

NG2 Nonprofit & Philanthropic Consulting

Emanuel Levy

Systems Building Research Alliance

David Dangler

Neighborworks America

Jeff Stern

Riverside Advisors, LLC

Damon Allen

Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati

George McCarthy

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Robin Roy

Next Energy

Kim Vermeer

Urban Habitat Initiatives

Jay Arneja

SimpleNexus

Barry Noffsinger

Credit Human Federal Credit Union

Lauren Williams

College for Creative Studies

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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 2/10/2022

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.