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, 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. 


View copy of the funding and financial report

With SAGST explicitly in 2019, the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) published its fourth funding and finance report in this form. In addition to facts and figures on funding activities, it also reveals the foundation’s investment strategy. The example of Bingenheimer Saatgut AG (BSAG) shows how much it is associated with the ideals of SAGST. In a double interview with Markus Ziener  and Sebastian Bauer, you can find out what the makes this public company such a successful mission investment.


Group of people on a construction site

Since the 1980s, the “Blue Caravan” in Bremen has been promoting creative engagement and practical integration for individuals who have experienced mental health challenges. The Blue Caravan’s approach intentionally employs Social Room Orientation – a holistic treatment concept that views the individual in the context of the social and spatial aspects of life.

Johannes Rehmann

Biodynamic agriculture to touch, feel, and participate in: that is what the Lernort Bauernhof (Learning Farm), part of Hofgut Oberfeld in Darmstadt, has been offering to all generations for 14 years. In this interview, Johannes Rehmann, director of education, talks about his team’s motivation, the farm’s sustainable education program, and inclusivity on the farm.

Since 2013, the Evangelische Schule Berlin Zentrum has been developing a new learning concept for upper school. The approach encourages students to independently determine their learning needs, thereby taking control of their own living environment and experiencing their actions as meaningful. A focus on interpersonal contact and individual experience contrasts with the increasing anonymization of teaching taking place elsewhere. The SAGST is a supporting partner of this journey to new shores.

Doctor in patient talk

To enable patients to take decisions, and assist the process of getting well holistically – those are two key concerns of anthroposophic medicine. In 2020 it celebrates its centenary. How patients experience this extension of traditional medicine is brought to light by new multimedia coverage, through select case histories.

Children under an umbrella in front of the Spielmobil

The “Rotzfreche Spielmobil,” a mobile play bus, is a Darmstadt tradition. For over 30 years, the red and yellow bus has been driving to public squares to invite four- to fourteen-year-olds to enjoy fun and exercise in the open air.

The new building of the Weidenhof, Hitzacker at its inauguration in December 2019

Peaceful, close to nature and far away from large cities. This is how the Weidenhof at Seerau near Hitzacker is best described. Located in the heart of the Wendland Region in Lower Saxony, the former farm provides autistic adults with a home for life. In 1983, the residential establishment became the first of its kind in Germany, being established by the “Irene Foundation”. With a total of three sites, it is today at once a place to both live and work for 41 people with autism.

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