People often think of stakeholders as people with a monetary stake in an organization, but not necessarily true anymore. In the past, people considered stakeholders the people with a financial stake in the organization that would receive profits from the success of the business. Today stakeholders cover a much broader spectrum of people such as funders, administration, staff, volunteers, community, and the target population (Yuen/Terao, 2003). Each group of stakeholders has his or her influence on the program plan as well as the success of a human service organization and programs services (Yuen/Terao, 2003).
The owner, operators also known as shareholders founded the organization for a specific purpose to meet the needs and problems of a targeted population (Yuen/Terao, 2003) Therefore, the human service organization’s purpose, mission, and goals have a direct effect on the program plan (Yuen/Terao, 2003). Funding institutions have a serious effect on the success of a human service program (Yuen/Terao, 2003). Indeed, without the funders support many nonprofit human organizations could not provide program services (Yuen/Terao, 2003). The target population is critical to the success of a human service program plan because if the program plan does not meet his or her needs and problems the program will not be a success (Yuen/Terao, 2003). The administration and staff also have an impact on the human service program plan (Yuen/Terao, 2003). The administration will oversee all areas of the program plan to make sure the program plan is meeting the needs and expectations of the stakeholders (Yuen/Terao, 2003). The staff will have a direct impact on the program plan so it is critical that he or she has the appropriate education, skills, and certification for his or her position within the organization (Yuen/Terao, 2003). The staff will have direct contact with the target population from intake to completion of the program services
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