The Next Step

aka The Next Step   |   Saint Louis, MO   |
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The Next Step

EIN: 20-1750945


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


President and Executive Director

Darcy Glidewell

Main address

P.O. Box 440413

Saint Louis, MO 63144 USA

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Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Vocational education

Higher education

Graduate and professional education

Adult education

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Population served info


Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

Substance abusers


NTEE code info

Undergraduate College (4-year) (B42)

University or Technological (B43)

Graduate, Professional(Separate Entities) (B50)

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
Substance abusers
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

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, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Related Program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

While the total number of scholarships awarded decreased in 2022, the number of applicants remained steady. Fewer scholarships were awarded because the applicants did not qualify.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Adults, Substance abusers, Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, Students

Related Program

Scholarship Fund

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Our Executive Director guides the organization in all strategies. In addition to the Executive Director and the board, the organization has two part-time employees: a Director of Marketing/Fundraising and a Director of Administration/Scholarships. These staff guide the organization and oversee 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 2022, we awarded $179,618 in funding to 64 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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve individuals with a history of substance abuse who are also underserved in the St. Louis community. We focus primarily on individuals with financial need.

  • 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 permanently changed our interview process to be zoom interviews, rather than in-person, as our applicants are much more comfortable with this process. It also allows those with limited transportation access to more easily attend their interview.

  • 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

  • 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, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback


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Fiscal year: Feb 01 - Jan 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 64.84 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.7 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Feb 01 - Jan 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Feb 01 - Jan 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Feb 01 - Jan 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of The Next Step’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $49,559 $41,442 $39,840 $79,125
As % of expenses 35.8% 25.1% 20.5% 39.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $49,559 $41,442 $39,450 $78,017
As % of expenses 35.8% 25.1% 20.2% 38.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $187,885 $206,405 $236,219 $279,329
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 9.9% 0.0% 18.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.2% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.9% 98.4% 99.7% 85.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 1.5% 0.1% 14.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $138,326 $164,963 $194,779 $200,204
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 19.3% 0.0% 2.8%
Personnel 16.9% 22.5% 19.9% 22.9%
Professional fees 9.4% 3.2% 4.3% 4.5%
Occupancy 2.2% 1.8% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 66.7% 64.2% 66.1% 65.1%
All other expenses 4.8% 8.3% 9.7% 7.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $138,326 $164,963 $195,169 $201,312
One month of savings $11,527 $13,747 $16,232 $16,684
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $2,129 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $149,853 $178,710 $213,530 $217,996

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2021 2022
Months of cash 17.9 18.0 13.4 17.5
Months of cash and investments 17.9 18.0 13.4 17.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 18.2 18.3 13.7 18.1
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2021 2022
Cash $205,970 $247,662 $218,314 $291,903
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $2,130 $2,130
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 18.4% 38.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.3%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $210,220 $251,662 $224,914 $302,931

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and Executive Director

Darcy Glidewell

Darcy joined the board of The Next Step in 2014, and is serving as the president and executive director. She has a 15-year career in retail merchandising, and sales and owned a large ProSource Wholesale Floorcovering franchise. Darcy sold her franchise in 2006, and now owns two small businesses. Darcy also volunteers in many other community organizations, including a previous board position for Congregation Shaare Emeth, a current board position for a floorcovering industry-related scholarship organization, Girl Scouts, and the school where her two daughters attend. Darcy is passionate about both education and recovery from substance abuse. She believes that individuals in recovery continue to stay sober and become productive members of our community when they better their lives through their education and careers. Her dream is to help every person in recovery in the St. Louis community who has financial needs achieve their educational goals.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 02/10/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Darcy Glidewell

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Term: 2022 - 2023

Board co-chair

Clay Jenkins

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Term: 2023 - 2022

Bob Callahan

Lynn Jenkins

Sandy Wool

Ron McKenzie

Megan Barken

Karen Stern

Mark Leadlove

Alan Carney

Stephen Irwin

Richard Knott

Jay Winig

Darcy Glidewell

Clay Jenkins

Kevin Ellege

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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2023

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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.