Hasso Plattner Foundation

We contribute to education, culture and environmental protection.

The Hasso Plattner Foundation aims to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies through science and education, improve access to art and culture, and support environmental conservation. Hasso Plattner is one of the founders of SAP, an enterprise software company, and has been chairman of its supervisory board since 2003. In 1998, Hasso Plattner founded the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering (HPI), marking his first significant philanthropic contribution. After signing the Giving Pledge (initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet), he established the foundation in 2015. The Hasso Plattner Foundation’s main office is in Potsdam, Germany, with additional offices in San Francisco, USA, and Cape Town, South Africa.

Areas of focus

Science & Education

Hasso Plattner considers the free education that he received at the University of Karlsruhe to be the foundation of his success. As one of the founders of SAP, he also believes in the opportunities offered by digital technology. The Foundation supports the following research and education initiatives designed to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies:

Art & Culture

Hasso Plattner’s personal interest in art has led him to become a collector of Impressionist and German twentieth-century art. In order to share this art collection with the public, the Foundation supports the following initiatives:

  • The establishment and ongoing operation of the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, which showcases classical and contemporary art with a focus on impressionism
  • The ongoing construction of the new exhibition site DAS MINSK, which will focus on contemporary art and art from the GDR and is expected to open in 2022
  • The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, which was founded in 2016 and is dedicated to the compilation of digital catalogue raisonnés and archives that support research in the field of art history

Social & Conservation

In order to preserve our planet for future generations, the foundation supports environmental conservation and educational projects through the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC). Examples of projects include:

  • The EduConservation program, which has distributed learning materials for children on the subject of environmental conservation that are designed to be integrated into school curriculums in the Congo and numerous other African countries
  • Community engagement in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo, which contributed to the conservation of 1.3 million hectares of rainforest
  • A research project on gorilla behavior in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo

Hasso Plattner

Hasso Plattner established and donated half of his wealth to the Hasso Plattner Foundation in 2015.

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