Sustaining the natural world as the vital livelihood of future generations.

We support initiatives that generate new, socially relevant findings.

We need new ways to include the elderly in our daily lives.

Every person has a purpose in life and a place in the world.

Strengthening children and teens in their unique development potential.

Personal development results in changes that last for a lifetime.

By making grants, we help people to help themselves.

The act of giving requires us to commit our very hearts to the future of a project and to a group of people.

Setting tangible examples for the future of our world.

Personal contact with the people engaged in a project is crucial for us.

We help our project partners to realise their initiatives responsibly, for the well-being of others and of our society as a whole.



  • Project-Overview 2016
  • implizit (01/2017)
  • explizit 2016
  • Facts & Figures 2016
  • Directions
  • Checklist for Applicants
  • Report on Use of Funds
    (PDF, Word)
  • Mid-term Finance Plan
    (PDF, Excel)

The Cost of Education in Germany

What does one German student really cost? The Software AG Foundation asked the Steinbeis-Transferzentrum für Wirtschafts- und Sozialmanagement (Steinbeis Tranfer Center for Economic and Social Management) in Heidenheim to research the actual costs of educating a child in the different federal states of Germany. According to the study, the costs are much higher than the figures the state governments use for political decisions in educational matters.

An additional report commissioned by the foundation and prepared by Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Hufen regarding the "constitutional limits of under-financing in private schools" comes to the conclusion, in light of expected continued budget cuts, that "even the current level of financial support does not meet the constitutional requirements."

The cost calculations and commissioned reports are available for each federal state (in German). 

Bayern – Report and Figures (PDF)
Baden-Würtemberg – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Brandenburg – Report and Figures (PDF)
Bremen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Berlin – Report (PDF), Press Release (PDF)
Hessen – Report and Figures (ZIP)
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern - Report and Figures (PDF)
Niedersachsen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Nordrhein-Westfalen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Sachsen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Sachsen-Anhalt – Report and Figures (PDF)
Schleswig-Holstein – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Thüringen – Report (PDF), Figures (PDF)
Saarland – Report and Figures (PDF)
Rheinland-Pfalz – Report and Figures (PDF)

Verfassungsgutachten – Prof. Dr. Hufen, Report (PDF), Shortened version (PDF)

Retirement Funding: Focus of a New Brochure

In many Waldorf institutions, retirement funding is a crucial and fundamental issue. A working group of experienced Waldorf directors, initiated by the Bund der Freien Waldorfschulen (Association of Waldorf Schools) and the Hannoversche Kassen (Pension Funds), has met to address these issues. The goal is to bring together the various actors, to generate greater awareness about this issue and to communicate solutions. A recent brochure was designed to create more awareness of this issue on a broader scale. 

The Software AG Foundation supported this project with the goal of achieving comprehensive, transferable solutions.