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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

What does the IKEA Foundation do?

The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children in some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change.

We fund programmes that focus on children’s four fundamental needs: a place to call home, a quality education, a healthy start in life and a sustainable family income. We focus on programmes that address these needs in a systematic, holistic way.

You can find out more about our vision and mission on our About Us page and learn about our programmes in our Programmes section.

 

How much money does the IKEA Foundation distribute annually?

In 2014, we donated €104 million.

We always announce our previous year’s giving in our annual review. You can download our annual review from our About us page.

 

What kinds of projects does the IKEA Foundation fund?

The IKEA Foundation funds a wide range of programmes through partner organisations that address the full circle of basic needs for children and families to help them break the cycle of poverty and take control of their own futures. Programmes we fund support this circle of prosperity for children and families: a place to call home, a healthy start in life, a quality education and a sustainable family income.

We help out in three ways:

MONEY: Financial support for programmes.

GOODS: In-kind donations of IKEA products.

KNOW-HOW: Sharing key IKEA expertise, like logistics.

You can learn about our programmes in our Programmes section.

 

How does the IKEA Foundation help in a disaster?

Immediately after an emergency, we sometimes donate IKEA products or money to our partner organisations that are providing humanitarian aid. Later, we fund projects to rehabilitate or reconstruct key services and structures—such as schools—through our partners, including Save the Children, UNICEF and the UNHCR.

We believe that play becomes even more important for children whose lives have been turned upside down by disasters, so have also donated IKEA toys for UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development kits, which are often used in disaster zones to help children relax and learn how to cope.

Find out the latest information about our emergency donations.

 

How are funding decisions made?

Everything we do is guided by these principles:

•Our support should assist people in need, primarily in the developing world, to help them make real and lasting changes in their lives and lead them to take control of their own futures.

• We work to take a comprehensive approach to areas we support and address various contributing causes of a situation to get better results.

• Programmes should reflect IKEA business philosophy of partnership, long-term focus, cost-consciousness; innovation, creativity, constant improvement and strong ethical behaviour.

• We try to be an active partner in everything we do—asking critical questions, and where applicable, sharing unique IKEA expertise with partner organisations.

• We always look to monitor and maximise the return on invested capital and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our support programmes, so we can be sure we’re doing as much we can for as many people as possible.

 

How are funding partners selected?

We get the best results by working with partners who know the most in the areas we want to support. That’s why we partner with programmes managed by established and well-regarded NGOs (nongovernmental organisations), and IGOs (intergovernmental organisations) in order to secure top experts, develop innovative approaches, influence and navigate government policy, and achieve the critical mass it takes to make an impact.

 

Can I apply for a grant?

No, since we don’t give out direct aid, there is no grant application and unsolicited funding requests aren’t accepted. There are so many great programmes out there, but we can’t fund everything, so instead, we concentrate our resources on cultivating partnerships with key organisations to maximize our effectiveness and efficiency. We do encourage you to keep up your efforts and to look for funding avenues that match your needs.

 

How does the IKEA Foundation follow up on funded projects?

Annual grants are dependent on partners providing annual programme reports demonstrating that funds have been used properly and according to original intentions.

 

How can I support your work? Can I donate to you directly?

You can’t donate to us directly, but if you work or shop for IKEA, you already support our work! IKEA’s profits give us resources to spend on programmes for children in the world’s poorest communities.

We also run two in-store campaigns every year, where customers determine how much we give to some of our partners’ programmes. In our Soft Toys for Educationcampaign, we donate €1 to Save the Children and UNICEF for every soft toy sold in IKEA stores in November and December. The donation is spent on children’s educational projects in Africa, Asia and Europe.

In ourBrighter Lives for Refugeescampaign, we donate €1 to UNHCR for every LED light bulb sold in IKEA stores in February and March. UNHCR uses the donation to light refugee camps—making them a safer, more humane place for the many families who live there.

You can also get involved by becoming part of our community on Facebook and by reading and commenting on our IWitness blog. If you are an IKEA co-worker working on one of the Good Cause campaigns mentioned above, you may qualify for our IWitness programme—find out more about the IWitness programme.

 

What’s the relation of IKEA stores to the IKEA Foundation?

We are the philanthropic arm of INGKA Foundation, the owner of Swedish home furnishings company IKEA Group. We are based in the Netherlands, and our funds come from the Stichting INGKA Foundation. We fund dozens of programmes run by large and small organisations to make life better for children living in extreme poverty.

Find out more about where we come from.

 

Do IKEA stores do any community outreach?

Yes, IKEA stores worldwide are active in their communities, sponsoring local events, education efforts, clothing and food drives, as well as environmental efforts from recycling to reforestation. You can learn what each store is doing via links to each country and local store from www.ikea.com. In addition, countries where IKEA has stores respond to emergencies in their area with in-kind donations of IKEA products and funding efforts to restore and rebuild.

 

What corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities take place at IKEA?

Sustainability is an integrated part of the way IKEA is doing business and it’s seen as a precondition for doing business. Read more in the IKEA Sustainability Report, available on www.ikea.com.

 

What’s your address? How can I contact you?

Stichting IKEA Foundation (IKEA Foundation)
P.O. Box 11134
2301EC Leiden
The Netherlands

Or send contact us via our Contact us page.