Identifying Internal and External Stakeholders

This worksheet was created by The Denver Foundation's Inclusiveness Project ( to support organizations doing inclusiveness work.

Users are encouraged to customize the worksheet to meet the needs of their respective organizations. A Word version is attached. A writable PDF version is also attached.

Internal stakeholders are people who are already committed to serving your organization as board members, staff, volunteers, and/or donors.

External stakeholders are people who are impacted by your work as clients/constituents, community partners, and others. It is important to get the perspectives of both groups.



Mark the groups whose perspectives you think will be useful for creating an inclusiveness plan.

Internal Stakeholders
___ Board members
___ Former board members
___ Staff members
___ Former staff members
___ Volunteers
___ Former Volunteers
___ Donors
___ Other
___ Other
___ Other

Use the space below to make notes regarding the internal stakeholders you've chosen: (e.g., topics you might ask about, approximate number of people in the group, key individuals to interview)

External Stakeholders
___ Clients
___ Community partners
___ Members of groups served by our organization who are not accessing our services
___ Leaders of color from nonprofit, public, or private sectors
___ Other
___ Other
___ Other

Use the space below to make notes regarding the external stakeholders you've chosen:

Name of Organization __________________________________________

Date Worksheet Completed _________