Engaging Stakeholders to Achieve Blended Value


  • Reach stakeholder groups through market mechanism and capture some of their spending power.
  • Engage social sector donors and social investors in a longer-term market investment approach.
  • Use your stakeholders to diversify your pool of human resources (social clients might have marketable skills, board members might have business relations, etc.).


  • Be mindful that integrating stakeholders along the socio-economic spectrum, although beneficial in reducing social exclusion, also means forfeiting traditional fundraising practices that require marked socio-economic barriers to remain in place (e.g. traditional charity requires a reinforced sense of exclusion).
  • Be mindful that engaging stakeholders through market mechanisms also means less time for traditional fundraising, which can be particularly difficult when transitioning from pure nonprofit to social enterprise.