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

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. 


SHOWCASE

Assisted gardening

Echinos, a registered association based in the Upper Black Forest, has been providing individuals with mental health disorders and people facing a crisis in life with sensible daily schedules since 2014. This is done leveraging the power of nature and putting Demeter horticultural activities to good use.


PROJECT GALLERY

Assisted gardening

Echinos, a registered association based in the Upper Black Forest, has been providing individuals with mental health disorders and people facing a crisis in life with sensible daily schedules since 2014. This is done leveraging the power of nature and putting Demeter horticultural activities to good use.


Silouette of a child with smartphone

How to take control of digital media is something that you need to learn: That is why Caritas’ addiction counseling center in Mannheim advises and trains teachers, parents and their children through their “Klick im Blick” (cf. 'digital media health') project.


Stinted landscape in marsh: Wooden needle with a carved hut on top

Since Spring 2019, “Dock 30” has been giving young people in Groß-Gerau a place to turn to in acute emergency and crisis situations. This model project is aimed at homeless people aged between 16 and 30 years, and is unique in Hessen.


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.


Further Projects