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.

A Breath of fresh Air at Friedrichshulde Support Center

The Friedrichshulde Support Center, which provides remedial education, was founded in 1952 in landscaped grounds on the outskirts of the town of Schenefeld (Schleswig-Holstein). Located near the western outskirts of Hamburg, the anthroposophically-oriented institution offers young people aged between three and 18 years who require assistance a place to live and learn. Here, they are, with their various requirements, the focus of attention, and enjoy respect, as well as individual support, in order to reduce any impediments to their development and take part in social life in the most self-determined way possible.

The offer of the provider also includes family-like residential groups, in which, among others, young unaccompanied people with refugee experiences live. In addition, the organization runs a corresponding daycare group in the Altona District of Hamburg, as well as one in Halstenbek (Pinneberg Administrative District), and also supports families, children, young people and young adults in difficult situations or crises on an off-site basis.

Since the residential buildings that were erected back in the 1960s no longer comply with either present-day construction requirements or the educational demands in Schenefeld, major changes are currently pending there: Following the demolition of a number of older houses, five new accessible residential buildings have been erected, and other premises have undergone remediation work. The furnishings, too, are starting to age, and, for that reason, an extensive program of new purchases is likewise necessary: cupboards, tables or chairs, as well as kitchen facilities, sofas and carpets, or furniture for the therapy rooms. “See, we all know how essential the environment is for our well-being”, emphasizes Konrad Lampart, who is in charge of the project at SAGST. “As a foundation, we are therefore pleased to be able to help with the task of furnishing the new residential premises in a cozy and appealing manner. This is, not least, even a major factor for the development of the children and young people.”

As part of social inclusion, the facility is also, with the current remediation project, opening up structurally to its environs. As a new focal point for the village-like grounds, a meeting place is planned, that can also be used by the adjoining neighborhood of the town. A café and a larger event hall to be constructed are intended, in future, to provide for on-site exchange with the neighborhood.

“Friedrichshulde Support Center is a good example of how a provider organization that carries on tradition can succeed with innovation – not only in regard to the old buildings”, is how Mr. Lampart sums it up. “Facilities for people requiring assistance are these days marked by inclusive socializing. What was once standard support has turned into empowering assistance at eye level. The management and staff in Schenefeld perform this transformation in an extremely convincing way.”

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.


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.