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. 


[Translate to EN English:] Auszug aus der Fonds-Website

Since it was founded in 2016, the “Auf Augenhöhe” (“At Eye Level”) fund has developed further in the last four years. The initiative for more diversity, respect and cooperation has enabled more then 140 projects all over Germany and supported more than 40 seal-of-quality community foundations as well as their partners with around €680,000. From July 2020, the fund wishes to make its efforts for refugees and migrants visible with an updated website.


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.

Students from different countries of origin learn together

At the new international Campus di Monaco Montessori School, children and adolescents with and without experience of migration are learning together. Supported by its multi-professional teaching staff, they experience the enrichment of multilingualism and cultural diversity.

Picture from the vineyards

More and more wine growers are turning to natural growing methods to produce complex, highly expressive wines. Biodynamic winegrowing plays a particularly prominent role in this development, but the approach – which has proven successful in the vineyard and in the glass – still has its sceptics. A world-famous winegrowing school in the Rhine region has now carried out a long-term study that takes an important step towards gaining more recognition for this method, including from scientists.

Boy with a PC keyboard

Almost 11 million schoolchildren throughout Germany have been working in their “home office” since mid-March. For a major part of them, learning during the coronavirus pandemic takes place within their own four walls, isolated from their classmates. Digital media are frequent companions during tuition and leisure time. The young people first have to learn to use them responsibly – not only in the current exceptional situation. Screen-free times included.

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