Maintaining nature long-term 
as the livelihood 
of future generations.

Maintaining nature long-term as the livelihood of future generations.

Education is unimaginable 
without interpersonal encounter.

Education is unimaginable without interpersonal encounter.

Strengthening children and youth 
in their individuality 
and development potential.

Strengthening children and youth in their individuality and development potential.

Putting personal encounters 
front and center.

Putting personal encounters front and center.

Valuing human beings 
in all their dimensions.

Valuing human beings in all their dimensions.

   

THE SOFTWARE AG FOUNDATION

The Software AG Foundation (SAGST) is an independent charitable foundation under German civil law with headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. We are not a corporate foundation; rather, the foundation is the principal shareholder in the Software AG company, also located in the research town of Darmstadt. The founder of both, the company and the foundation, is Dr. h. c. Peter Schnell, who in the 1990s transferred his company shares to the foundation.

Since its founding, SAGST has been using the profits on more than 1.2 billion euros in foundation assets to support projects organized by independent charitable organizations in Europe and Brazil that directly and exclusively serve the common good.

SAGST supports initiatives not only in the areas of Education, Children and Youth, Assistance for the Elderly and Individuals with Disabilitiese but also in Anthroposophical Medicine as well as scientific and practically-oriented projects in Nature and Agriculture.

In total, we co-enable an average of about 250 projects per year that create healing social impulses for the (further) development of people and society. SAGST ranks among the largest foundations in Germany, measured both in terms of assets and total grant making to further its goals. 


SHOWCASE

Advice with laptop and telephone

Lots to celebrate at Berlin’s “Straßenkinder” association: its “Digital Coaching – Not Only in Times of Crisis” project was awarded a special coronavirus-related prize at the 2020 Smart Hero Awards in late September. The “Digital Chancen” Foundation and Facebook give their Smart Hero Awards to projects in several categories that use social media for good causes. The special prizes worth € 7,500 each also honour outstanding commitment in our coronavirus era this year.


PROJECT GALLERY

Advice with laptop and telephone

Lots to celebrate at Berlin’s “Straßenkinder” association: its “Digital Coaching – Not Only in Times of Crisis” project was awarded a special coronavirus-related prize at the 2020 Smart Hero Awards in late September. The “Digital Chancen” Foundation and Facebook give their Smart Hero Awards to projects in several categories that use social media for good causes. The special prizes worth € 7,500 each also honour outstanding commitment in our coronavirus era this year.


Children harvesting apples

Feeding cows, building an insect hotel or tilling your own vegetable patch: at the Schwalbennest (Swallow’s Nest) kindergarten farm on Lake Constance, there’s never a dull moment. The activity-based educational programme that is close to nature has now received an award as part of the UN Decade of Biological Diversity.


Employee and teenager in the café

Strengthening children, encouraging adolescents and supporting families: that is the aim of the “füreinander” association founded in Erkrath in 2012. In the borough of Sandheide, which is considered a socially deprived area, the initiative campaigns with full-time and volunteer workers for disadvantaged children and young people. The “MOSAIK” youth club and the “cube” café have been created as places with a familiar environment.


Children play in the sandpit of the garden

A learning and experiential field for the senses that is close to nature: in the southern Baden municipality of Binzen, “Die Gartenkinder” (= The Farm Kindergarten Children) sow, reap and process food with their own hands. The Farm Kindergarten, of the same name, cooperates closely with a local Demeter market garden, and in that way lays the foundation for sustainable environmental education.


Father and daughter do homework

The “familY“ program of the educational organization “EDUCATION Y” focuses on families as the key component of the educational system. This is why it assists parents in providing support to their children as they proceed from kindergarten to elementary school – which is a key prerequisite for continued success in learning. Since 2017 the International Family Center in Frankfurt am Main (Internationales Familienzentrum) has seen positive results with that, too.


Hands knead Clay

Artistic and creative activities have been shown to have a positive effect on health – this is the conclusion reached in a report presented by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in November 2019. Prof Harald Gruber and Prof Sabine Koch from Alanus University in Alfter explain in an interview what a welcome boost these results mean for their work at the Research Institute for Artistic Therapies.


Further Projects