Next Step Inc

The Next Step IS Success

aka TNSI   |   Huntsville, TX   |
GuideStar Charity Check

Next Step Inc

EIN: 74-2179490


To enhance lives in vulnerable communities through technology and skills development.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Bennie Elmore

Main address

56 Gatlin Rd

Huntsville, TX 77340 USA

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Subject area info

Computer literacy


Mobile communications

Job training

Public safety

Population served info


Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

People with physical disabilities

People with vision impairments

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NTEE code info

Crime, Legal Related N.E.C. (I99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to enhance lives in vulnerable communities through technology and skills development. We address gaps in digital access and digital literacy to improve quality of life. We envision a world where every community has the resources to succeed.

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?

Professional Skills Developement

Our programs develop skills essential for daily living, career transition, and workforce reentry. The current offering, Microsoft Office Basics, introduces Word and Excel while strengthening emotional intelligence skills essential in any work environment (remote, in-office, or hybrid). Participants gain skills through real-world projects: resume creation, building a job search spreadsheet, and crafting an action plan to address work challenges. Participants must be 18+ and live in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Self-employed people
Unemployed people

Our program removes barriers that prevent communities from accessing digital tools and technologies by raising awareness of digital access programs, assists individuals with applying to programs and provides digital technology .

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Older adults
People with hearing impairments
People with physical disabilities
People with vision impairments

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 clients served

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

Adults, Children, Adolescents, Preteens, People with disabilities

Related Program

Digital Access Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

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

Adults, Veterans, Unemployed people, Working poor, Low-income people

Related Program

Professional Skills Developement

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

The Professional Skills Development program began in January 2021.

Number of organizational partners

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

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Children and youth, Veterans, Unemployed people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success


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.

We aim to increase access to assistive technology devices for older adults and people with disabilities to enhance their well-being. We aim to bridge the gap in digital literacy to upskill individuals for earning a living wage in today's workforce.

Deliver flexible instruction to meet the diverse life circumstances of clients.

Growing collaborative partnerships to expand our client services and increase our reach.

Design innovative and engaging content for an accelerated learning experience.

Increase clients served through outreach and community engagement.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback


Next Step Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 3rd Quarter Financial Audit Report
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

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 0.00 over 4 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0 over 4 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 4 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Next Step Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Next Step Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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Next Step Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Next Step Inc’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $504,504 $577,503 $1,676,253 -$264,221
As % of expenses 287.5% 105.3% 94.8% -27.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $504,504 $577,503 $1,676,253 -$264,221
As % of expenses 287.5% 105.3% 94.8% -27.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $504,504 $630,525 $1,748,949 $1,486,462
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 25.0% 177.4% -15.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 100.0% 100.0% 99.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 100.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $175,469 $548,564 $1,768,724 $956,220
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 212.6% 222.4% -45.9%
Personnel 85.2% 33.1% 21.4% 52.3%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 4.1% 0.5% 1.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 11.3% 0.0% 0.9% 0.0%
All other expenses 3.5% 62.8% 77.2% 45.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $175,469 $548,564 $1,768,724 $956,220
One month of savings $14,622 $45,714 $147,394 $79,685
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $190,091 $594,278 $1,916,118 $1,035,905

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Months of cash and investments 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 34.5 13.8 11.9 18.6
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $0 $0 $0 $0
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $504,504 $630,525 $1,748,949 $1,484,728
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $504,504 $630,525 $1,748,949 $1,484,728
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $504,504 $630,525 $1,748,949 $1,484,728

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Bennie Elmore

Bennie is a 1975 graduate of Sam Houston State University, receiving a BS Degree in Criminology. In 1976, he began his professional career as a Texas State Parole Officer. In 1983 Bennie was employed by The Next Step Inc as Executive Director and Next Step Board Member. He forged partnerships with many cities and counties in Texas. In 1990, Texas Governor William Clements, Jr appointed Bennie to the Texas Board of Pardon and Paroles. In 1993, he was reappointed by Texas Governor Ann Richards. Bennie served on the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles for three years during the administration of Texas George W. Bush. His leadership in the Texas Criminal Justice System and contribution to health and human services have afforded TNSI tremendous insight into emerging job training needs and access to resources. During his tenure with The Next Step, Inc., Bennie has forged collaborative partnerships with the State of Texas and many counties and cities in the Great State of Texas.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Next Step Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Next Step Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Bennie Elmore

Next Step, Inc.

Term: 1991 -

Miranda Elmore

Next Step, Inc

Andrea I Elmore

Next Step, Inc

Amanda I Elmore

Next Step, Inc

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/14/2022

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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.