Hasso Plattner Foundation

The Hasso Plattner Foundation directly and exclusively pursues philanthropic initiatives.

We focus on education to bring about positive societal change.


Our mission is to educate and inspire generations.

The Hasso Plattner Foundation aims to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies, support environmental science and conservation, and foster connections through art and culture.

Our Areas of Focus

Through our three areas of focus, we contribute to education, environmental protection, and culture.

As of January 2024, the Foundation disbursed approximately 450 million Euros for philanthropic initiatives over the last five years (excluding art purchases).

Science & Education

Hasso Plattner considers the tuition-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:

Social & Conservation

To preserve our planet for future generations, the Foundation supports environmental conservation and educational projects through the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC) and Embark in Knowledge, among others:

  • SPAC is a non-profit organization that combines education and scientific research for a sustainable approach to conservation. It focuses on the protection of nature through education and community engagement. With its various projects running from preschool to tertiary levels, SPAC’s footprint covers several countries across Africa with particular focus on the rainforests in the Congo Basin. The organization’s flagship projects are Early Childhood Development, EduConservation, and the Conservation and Research Program 
  • Through Embark in Knowledge, the Foundation supports youth education, science, and health care activities. One such initiative is the Inkcubeko Youth and Science Center in South Africa.  Through its activities, Inkcubeko aims to increase youth’s interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and innovation 

Art & Culture

Hasso Plattner’s interest in art has led him to become a collector of Impressionist and German twentieth-century art. To share this art collection with the public, the Foundation enabled the establishment of the Museum Barberini and DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam. The operation of the Museums of the Hasso Plattner Foundation – the Museum Barberini and DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam – is supported by the Foundation with an annual contribution between 12-16 million Euros. In addition, the Foundation is committed to provenance research and the preservation of cultural heritage. To foster connections through art and culture, the Foundation supports the following initiatives:

  • The Museum Barberini in Potsdam, which showcases classical and contemporary art with a focus on Impressionism
  • DAS MINSK Kunsthaus in Potsdam, which focuses on contemporary art and art from the German Democratic Republic 
  • The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, which is dedicated to the compilation of digital catalogue raisonnés and archives that support research in the field of art history
  • TALES, which is a non-profit, multi-media production and publishing initiative dedicated to using the power of storytelling to encourage a deeper understanding and appreciation of our shared humanity and the planet we call home
  • Navigating.art, which supports the creation and publication of digital catalogues raisonnés through its comprehensive platform.

Hasso Plattner

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

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