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 (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. 


Two Girls receive a Food Donation

Covid-19 is also a major test for non-profit initiatives worldwide. In close contact with its project partners, SAGST is endeavouring to provide them with additional resources during these difficult times.


Boys and girls run and play happily on the schoolyard

In Georgia, access to education and health is often difficult for people with disabilities. The number of government facilities is low and mainly geared to the needs of adults. The Centre of Free Pedagogy in Tbilisi supports children and adolescents in need of special care holistically in their development and enables them to participate fully in society.

Three open hands with a butterfly on them

The kindergarten “Pusteblume” (in English, dandelion clock) in Heckenbeck has been remodeled in 2020 to make it inclusive and accessible. The goal was for children with special needs to also be able to profit from the nature-focused care environment in this reform-educational preschool.

Girl with face mask behind a sales booth

Every year in the autumn, pupils at Waldorf educational institutions invest a lot of creativity and commitment to benefit other, less well-equipped establishments worldwide and organise various donation campaigns. This year, the coronavirus pandemic poses special challenges for all those involved, which is why SAGST is doubling the money collected with a total matching fund of €50,000.

A protected space, dedicated to intercultural encounters and embracing the group.

Over 31,000 young refugees are currently being looked after in children’s and youth welfare institutions. Traumatic experiences as refugees, as well as lack of knowledge, shame or culturally-based misunderstandings, often make their first steps in Germany difficult, also posing major challenges for the institutions responsible.

Micro-farmers on the potato field

Homegrown produce and fresh air instead of supermarkets and pavement: in the Rhein-Neckar urban area, since 2019 city dwellers have had the means to satisfy their cravings for proximity to nature and their own garden beds. The Mannheim organization“Micro Agriculture allows participants to plant and harvest vegetables on their own small parcel of farmland.

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.

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