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 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. 


Learning from each other – that is the principle behind the “Learning from Partners” study, which asked the grant applicants and support partners of eight German foundations about their cooperation experiences. In the case of the Software AG Foundation, the feedback from the study will enrich our concept of impact-oriented foundation activity.


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.

When forgetfulness becomes an illness, the affected individuals are not the only ones who suffer. Dementia is a challenge for the entire family and social circle – especially if the affected person has a cognitive disability. A practical handbook published in 2018 offers employees, residents, and other interested parties information and practical, day-to-day strategies for handling dementia in this population.

From what grounds do the different organs of a flower develop - and what does Goethe have to do with it? A research project on the morphology of rose plants reveals remarkable similarities between modern biology and Goethe's ideas regarding the nature of plants.

When someone approaches the end of life, it can be an extremely difficult time for affected family and friends. This is especially true in the case of a terminally ill child. The ambulant children’s hospice and family support service in South Hessen cares for families in this very difficult situation and also offers assistance for daily life with a critically ill or terminally ill child.

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