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 (both content and formatting) 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.


Instructions: 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 _________