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 largest foundations in Germany, measured both in terms of assets and total grant making 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.


Learning from the bees – that’s what the guests at the Bee House, in Schaumburg, Germany, can do. This unusual building is a place of learning and encounter where the interactions in our ecosystem become directly experiential.

Can tai chi and eurythmy therapy reduce the risk of falls among older individuals? This question is being addressed by researchers at the university clinic in Freiburg with a national study. The Federal Ministry for Education and Research will support the project for four years with two million euros.

At the beginning of June, the Bielefeld-based organization “The Wordfinders” kicked off an unusual writing and arts project. For a total of three years, individuals with and without cognitive disabilities will creatively encounter arts and language.

The dental clinic at the University of Witten/Herdecke is currently the only university dental clinic in Germany that has a professorship and department focused on dental care for the disabled. Since recently, the U/WH’s exemplary work includes an inclusive dental clinic in Volmarstein.

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.

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