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

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 around 1.5 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. 


SHOWCASE

Since 2013, the Mäander youth home in Potsdam, near Berlin, has been providing a protected environment for young people suffering from psychological illness or experiencing serious crisis situations. With support, they learn how to independently manage the challenges of daily life. The therapeutic residence emphasizes community experiences, daily structure, and meaningful work in the house, garden, or workshop. In this interview, Sebastian Sieboldt discusses the beginnings, goals, and challenges...


PROJECT GALLERY

Since 2013, the Mäander youth home in Potsdam, near Berlin, has been providing a protected environment for young people suffering from psychological illness or experiencing serious crisis situations. With support, they learn how to independently manage the challenges of daily life. The therapeutic residence emphasizes community experiences, daily structure, and meaningful work in the house, garden, or workshop. In this interview, Sebastian Sieboldt discusses the beginnings, goals, and challenges...


A nature-based kindergarten in the idyllic landscape of Lassaner Winkel: this vision became a reality at the start of 2018, thanks to an engaged group of teachers and parents.


A Hamburg-based pilot project called “My Compass” offers personalized support and individual planning for people with disabilities – developed together with its clients.


Food should be valued, not thrown away – and where better to learn this lesson than in the vegetable garden? This year, the GemüseAckerdemie (in English, “Vegetable Garden Academy”) will allow over 17,000 children and young people to experience this first-hand. In spring 2019, the program won a national award, “Too Good for the Trash.”


How can inclusive participation in the professional sphere be combined with the idea of a post-growth society? A project carried out by the Anthropoi Association is exploring sustainable forms and models based on the practice of anthroposophical social life.


Further Projects