Who Are Your Stakeholders?


A variety of stakeholders need to be involved in making the case for doing inclusiveness within your organization as well as in the actual doing of inclusiveness work once you make the case.

One person alone cannot institute organizational change: Inclusiveness work takes the commitment of leadership, the dedication of board and staff, and the involvement of the community.

Internal stakeholders are people who are already committed to serving your organization, such as board members (current and former); staff; volunteers (current and former); and donors.

External stakeholders are people who are impacted by your work, such as clients/constituents (current and former); community partners, members of groups served by your organization who are not accessing your services currently; and leaders of color from nonprofit, public, or private sector.

When you make the case, you involve internal stakeholders.

When you do the actual work of inclusiveness, you involve both internal and external stakeholders.

Worksheet:  Identifying Internal and External Stakeholders


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     Ralph Waldo Emerson