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

Education is unimaginable without interpersonal encounter.

Strengthening children and youth in their individuality and development potential.

Putting personal encounters front and center.

Valuing human beings in all their dimensions.



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, Disability Care and Elder Care 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 10 largest foundations in Germany, measured both in terms of assets and total grantmaking to further its goals. 


In this short interview discussing the 2018 financial numbers, CFO Markus Ziener discusses challenges, performance, the foundation’s investment strategy, and the importance of sustainability for asset management.


A new publication in English takes a differentiated view of the connections between plant vitality and healthy foodstuffs: “Vitality – From Soil to Stomach” takes a second look at food quality.

We cannot meet current and future challenges with yesterday’s strategies – the Schule im Aufbruch (“Schools in Transition”) initiative is convinced of this. With the support of the Software AG Foundation, the initiative will continue to expand its cross-regional consulting work and assist interested schools in developing new learning concepts.

In the RequiSiT theater, formerly substance-addicted actors combine entertaining improv theater with serious discussions on the topic of addiction, encouraging reflection, resilience, and development in student audiences.

For almost 100 years, anthroposophical medicine has been augmenting traditional academic medicine. Increasingly, however, regulatory requirements are posing a challenge to the approval of anthroposophic medicines. The international research organization ESCAMP carries out foundational scientific research with the aim of achieving long-term regulatory approval for these medicines.

Fresh from the field, onto the cafeteria table: students at the University of Witten/Herdecke are planting basic vegetables for community consumption. The project is a part of the comprehensive concept for a developmental community for holistic education at Annener Berg.

Freely-accessible seed instead of increasing privatization and parenting – this is the idea promoted by OpenSourceSeeds, based in Marburg, Germany, who have developed an open-source license for seeds.

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