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. 


Taking as a basis the central idea of “not talking about, but with those who grow up in the world of media”, SAGST has obtained support of a special sort for the third edition of its foundation magazine: Schoolchildren who have been able to practice media competence in a quite practical way, supplement the printed publication with their text, film or radio contributions published online.


Field of cabbage

For a number of years, Software AG Foundation (SAGST) has, together with BERAS, been promoting an initiative that is ongoing in Sweden and beyond for ecological closed-loop agriculture and regional nutrition. BERAS at this point belongs to an international research network, forming the core of a ten-year UN program for sustainable nutritional systems.


A huge round table with tiny chairs

At the Strassburg nursery school, “La Petite Table Ronde”, The Little Round Table, educationalists and parents work hand in hand. They collaborated, for example, on the occasion of the conversion and refurbishment of the dated residence of the Waldorf-oriented initiative.

Bakery with wood-fired oven and freshly baked bread in front

A Luzern-based foundation provides young people in socially difficult life situations with security and stability. The organization’s name "Dreipunkt" is inspired by bouldering – rock climbing without ropes or a harness – where feelings of stability and security are essential.

Girl with cordless screwdriver in her hand

With its youth program LÄUFT?!, the organization WERKstattSCHULE focuses on youth ages 15-25 who have fallen through the system. The goal of the project is to provide them with much-needed security and educational opportunities.

Dr. Uwe Geier

The production chain of industrially produced foodstuffs is long, and for consumers often nontransparent. Very few people are aware that package foods may be subjected to x-ray quality control, which producers and retailers are not obligated to explicitly declare. This might be a mistake, as Dr. Uwe Geier explains in this interview.

Children running around on stage

At ACT e.V., young people learn how to direct their own lives. Recognition, communication, and participation as well as a common project goal play a central role in this educational initiative.

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