The projects we support
are our windows onto the world.

The projects we support
are our windows onto the world.

What We Support

Project Insights

The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Sheer Expertise: Mentoren-Netzwerk Ökolandbau

“Despite extensive training, practical management questions often arise in the day-to-day of young organic farmers”, says SAGST project manager Sebastian Bauer. “This is where the mentoring program comes in and contributes to ensuring that prospective managers at Demeter and other organic farms get off to the best possible start and are also successful in the long term.” The mentors advise agricultural graduates who want to take over a business as well as people who have only been in a position of responsibility for a few years. In personal discussions, they offer guidance on management topics as well as social team challenges or personal development questions.

The Mentoren-Netzwerk Ökolandbau is coordinated by the Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen (KÖN – Competence Centre for Organic Farming in Lower Saxony) and Bäuerlichen Bildung und Kultur gGmbH (non-profit agricultural education and culture company), a member of the Demeter Verband. It is limited to northern Germany. The website provides information about the course of the programme and introduces the individual mentors, who can also be selected via an interactive map. Building on the experience of the pilot phase, which ran from 2017 to 2020, the programme will now be continued. In a three-year follow-up project, also supported by SAGST, development processes relating to the mentoring will be observed to further advance the concept for organic farming. “It also intelligently complements other funding priorities of our foundation, whereby we support training in the field of biodynamic and organic agriculture”, explains Bauer. This includes aid for the free Demeter training, but also entrepreneurship initiatives, as well as education and training for entrepreneurs in the organic sector.

Zwei Studentinnen während der Vorlesung

Interpersonal encounters and a close integration of theory and practice are the highest priorities at Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences. That is why the bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education features small learning groups and a concentrated atmosphere, training around 45 men and women each year to become experts for the youngest members of our society. The focus of the degree program is the individual child and his or her holistic development.


Withdrawal, isolation and, in many places, also loneliness: the past 18 months have been overshadowed by the opposite of togetherness and participation due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this context, the initiative of Darmstadt’s cultural and event scene to draw attention to the topic of inclusion with a digital festival programme in May 2021 was all the more important.

Auszubildende an Flipchart und Tafel

As part of the “ForBild” project at the Dörthe Krause Institute in Herdecke, the training supervision assists prospective carers. They learn, in theory and practice, to assess various health issue scenarios occurring in the daily care routine, and to examine them individually – important skills in order to be able to confidently exercise this challenging profession.

Kind mit Tulpe im Einweg-Glas

Just in time for the start of the school year in mid-September, the new outdoor school in Ladenburg (Rhein-Neckar district in the state of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany) welcomed its first pupils. The independently funded all-day primary school focuses on diversified learning in and with nature.