Stimulansz is an independent, non-profit organisation to support professionals and citizens in the fields of employment, income, housing, healthcare and quality of life. The organisation was founded in 2001 by the VNG (Association of Netherlands Municipalities) and Divosa (the Dutch national organisation of managers in the fields of employment, income and healthcare). In 2005, Stimulansz became an independent organisation, and on 1 November 2006 Stimulansz took over the activities and products of the 2ZW Information Centre, previously known as the Netherlands Institute for Care and Welfare (NIZW).