• 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.

  • 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 all company shares to the foundation.

Since its founding, SAGST has been using the profits on around 1.4 billion euros in foundation assets to support projects organized by independent charitable organizations 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. Our funding focuses on Germany and Europe. Together with the MAHLE FOUNDATION we are also involved in Brazil.

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

Bauschild

Development work is under way at the Friedrichshulde Support Center just west of Hamburg that carries on tradition: A number of residential groups will be housed in a contemporary and homely style in five new accessible buildings that have been erected. SAGST is helping to acquire new furnishings.


PROJECT GALLERY

Jan Schweinsberg

The state aid agency Blaufeuer advises public and independent professionals in Saxony on sexual border violations by children, adolescents and adolescents. In the interview, graduate psychologist Jan Schweinsberg speaks about the educational and therapeutic work with juvenile perpetrators and how important it is to support girls and boys in learning borderline behaviors.


Mentor und Mentee auf dem Feld

Support for organic farmers in northern Germany is provided by the organic farming mentoring network Mentoren-Netzwerk Ökolandbau. Financed by SAGST, not only does this offer place experienced colleagues at the disposal of young managers, but it also provides advice to those responsible in special situations, such as a transfer of operations.


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.


Festival-Plakat

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.


Further Projects