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„Successful change-makers are able to answer correctly three questions – WHAT, WHY and HOW to change! I´m inspired to learn such insights, develop them further and share with others.“ - Jaan Aps, Mission Person of the Year 2013 (the title given by the board of the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations)
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Jaan Aps is a popular leadership and social impact measurement lecturer-trainer. Jaan`s mission for the next decade will be to help the steps of defining, evaluating and communicating impact to become an easy-to-use standard for change-makers. Stories For Impact is a social enterprise that provides related solutions to social-purpose organisations.
Jaan Aps worked over seven years as a portfolio manager for the Good Deed Foundation, the only venture philanthropy organisation in the Baltic countries at that time. Among other achievements, he helped to create and manage the first Internet-based donation system in the region for Swedbank Estonia as the only outside consultant for the initiative.
The mission behind the Good Deed Foundation
National Foundation of Civil Society`s goal is to provide high-quality evaluation and feedback for financing decisions.
By now have assessed almost 200 project proposals and business plans on the themes of "social entrepreneurship", "social innovation", "public service development", "advocacy", "regional development" and "umbrella organizations / networks".
Jaan was one of the initiators of the Estonian Social Enterprise Network
As a current Chairman of the Management Board, he has helped to grow the network of 35+ members to one of the key players of social innovation in Estonia. Daily management practice keeps Jaan firmly on the ground while remaining optimistic (if not particularly idealistic) about the potential for positive change.
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