German Stroke Foundation

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German Stroke Foundation
Legal form: independent foundation under private law
Purpose: Education, improvement of care and support for those affected
Chair: Liz Poppy
Board of Trustees: Brigitte Mohn (Chair)

Darius Günther Nabavi (Deputy Chairman)

Managing directors: Michael Brinkmeier (CEO)

Sylvia Strothotte (Vice Chairwoman)

Consist: since November 17, 1992 (foundation)
January 29, 1993 (approval)
Founder: Liz Poppy
Foundation capital: 53,666,563 euros (2018)
Balance sheet total: 69,163,415 euros (2018)
Number of employees: 44
Seat: Gutersloh

The German Stroke Foundation, based in Gütersloh , deals with the prevention , early detection and aftercare of strokes as well as the treatment and rehabilitation of those affected by providing information and improving diagnostic and therapeutic options.


Liz Mohn , who, together with her husband Reinhard Mohn, who has since passed away, represents the fifth generation of the Bertelsmann / Mohn owner families at the helm of Bertelsmann AG , founded the foundation on November 17, 1992 (approval by the Interior Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia on January 29, 1993) and is her president to this day. Her daughter, Brigitte Mohn , has been Chair of the Board of Trustees of the German Stroke Foundation since March 2013. Michael Brinkmeier has headed the board since July 1, 2013 .

Work of the foundation

The foundation oversees a Germany-wide network of around 400 self-help groups and more than 200 volunteer doctors, the so-called regional representatives.

Together with the German Stroke Society, the foundation has certified more than 300 stroke units to date . In addition, it has, among other things, a service and advice center for those affected and their relatives, special programs for affected children and young people, and a support fund for self-help groups . For several years now, the foundation has been promoting the aftercare of those affected by stroke - with volunteer stroke helpers and professional stroke guides. With the STROKE OWL project, the German Stroke Aid Foundation wants to prove by 2020 in its home region of East Westphalia-Lippe that a case management system with stroke guides improves the quality of life of the patients being cared for. In addition, it should also be possible to preventively reduce the number of subsequent strokes. The project is financed by the Federal Innovation Fund.

Transparent handling of donations

Since July 2006, the German Stroke Foundation has had the DZI donation seal for transparent handling of donations.

Day against the stroke

The Day Against Stroke was launched in Germany in 1999 by the German Stroke Foundation. Information events and campaigns on the subject of strokes take place nationwide on and around May 10th of each year. The Stroke Aid network and more than 300 stroke units (special stroke units ) are involved in this.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The partners of the initiative. Retrieved July 29, 2019 .
  2. Germany has 300 certified stroke units. Retrieved July 29, 2019 .

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