Identify Stakeholders

Who are your stakeholders?

Stakeholders are people who have something “at stake” or have something invested in your organization. They share the agency’s “vision” or “mission.” Your list of stakeholders should include potential beneficiaries of your services.  As a literacy organization, your stakeholders may be:
•    human or social service representatives 
•    school district personnel
•    business owners/employers 
•    libraries
•    representatives from churches/faith-based groups
•    vocational/technical instructors or administrators
•    health care providers
•    literacy advocates
•    potential volunteers (tutors) 
•    community leaders 
•    philanthropists
•    local media

What is a Steering Committee? What are the responsibilities of this committee?

Your Steering Committee might have people who participated in your focus groups or needs assessment. These individuals are often your stakeholders. Your Steering Committee will:
•    name the organization
•    file the Articles of Incorporation
•    find funding or a fiscal agent 
•    draft the mission statement and Bylaws
•    begin the operation of the organization
•    call for the first organizational meeting
•    select the Board of Directors