We believe that strategic grantmaking can help communities transform their own futures. Nothing inspires us more than seeing our partners and the communities they serve using our grants to create remarkable changes.

This year was a particularly exciting one for us, as we got to see our partnerships bring new power — literally and figuratively — to communities that have lived without it for so long.

We strongly believe that the best way to brighten the future for children living in poverty is by addressing their four fundamental needs: a safe place to call home, a healthy start in life, a quality education, and a sustainable family income. Only in this way can we help families break the cycle of poverty.

Since climate change threatens many families’ futures, we have devoted resources to help communities fight and overcome it, and this year we gave our second-largest grant ever to an organisation that encourages businesses to cut emissions and become leaders in sustainable practices.

In this annual review, you can find stories about many of the future-brightening grants we gave in 2017.

Thank you for your support throughout the year, and we look forward to many years to come.

Per Heggenes
IKEA Foundation CEO

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