The special circumstances surrounding Wismar's town churches

Stadtkirchenstiftung zu Wismar (Town Church Foundation Wismar)

A decision published on September 10th 2008 by the Bundesamt für zentrale Dienste und offene Vermögensfragen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (the Federal Office for Central Services and Unresolved Property Issues) finalized the allocation of several properties in the Hanseatic Town of Wismar and the Parish of Dorf Mecklenburg, including the churches of St. Georgen, St. Marien and St. Nikolai.

Consequently, on April 29th 2010 the Bürgerschaft (Wismar's legislative assembly) adopted a draft statute establishing a fiduciary foundation, the Stadtkirchenstiftung zu Wismar (Town Church Foundation Wismar), and the inclusion of properties assigned to the former Geistlichen Hebungen in the foundation's assets.

The purpose of the foundation is to preserve and maintain Wismar's historic town churches for the promotion of culture as well as the preservation of sites of historical interest in general and the protestant (Lutheran) religion. In addition, a board of eleven foundation trustees was established, to be ratified by the Bürgerschaft every 5 years.

Further information about the Foundation's trustees

With changes in the structuring of the Hanseatic Town of Wismar's budget, the financial need for the creation of a special investment fund also became necessary as a consequence of the need for separate proof of assets for non-legally responsible foundations.

One of the most important aims of the Town Church Foundation is now a consolidation of the foundation's basic assets and to secure from its yields the maintenance of buildings in its charge in the medium term. As with the protection and reconstruction of these town-defining church buildings, the need for a high degree of commitment from donors remains here too, in order to prevent these cultural and historical monuments ever falling into ruin again.

A statement of assets and the financial accounts are published annually alongside the   municipal budget.


Donations of any size would be gratefully received and can be made to the following account:

IBAN: DE54 1405 1000 1000 003635


Reference: 00155660-911/28200-ZuStif


Donations are tax advantaged. For amounts up to 200 Euro, the relevant bank statement showing the donation to the foundations will suffice as proof of donation to the tax office. 

For larger donations where the name and address of the donor is supplied alongside the bank transfer, a donation receipt will automatically be issued.

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