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. 


We are here for you

As a grantmaking foundation, we want to continue to be there for you despite the Coronavirus. For this reason, we have decided to continue our foundation’s operations with our staff largely working from home. In this context, we are relying on you for your cooperation and kindly ask you to submit your inquiries and grant applications electronically to anfragen(at) We are looking forward to remaining in contact with you.


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.


“Inspiration Biene” (Bee an Inspiration) explores the various connections between bees and education. The project, which includes teaching materials and a textbook, ranges freely in its thinking across disciplines and thus contributes to the dialogue between science and living nature.

Boy plays laughing with building blocks in front of a switched-off TV

In an era of home schooling and the increasing transfer of online knowledge, the result of a scientific study of 266 kindergarten children and primary school pupils should make us sit up and take notice. The imaginative power of three to nine-year olds developed more slowly, the longer they used screen media on a daily basis.

Students in front of the Alanus University in Alfter near Bonn

Waldorf schools are urgently looking for new talent. Every year, around 600 new teachers are needed nationwide. Two students from Alanus University in Alfter near Bonn report on how the part-time master’s degree course in Pedagogy/Waldorf Education is preparing them for their careers as schoolteachers.

A free old armchair

The individual needs and desires of older individuals are the focus of a new study from the Berlin Institute. How are our values changing in a time of demographic change – and what does this mean for our approach to death and dying?

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